Surge Protection In The Green Energy Industry
Wind and solar power are viable energy production methods that can be used to provide enough electricity for major metropolitan areas. There have been several instances over the course of the previous few years where 100% of the energy necessary to power all of the homes in a major metropolitan area has been provided using sustainable methods. These methods are primarily wind and solar power and these days they are being used more and more to generate enough power for an area. This has not always been the case as far as ongoing use goes, where during times of extreme need or use there can be a significant taxing of the resources available. Now it is possible to see solar and wind as viable alternatives although perhaps not yet as completely reliable as the single and only source of electricity. What this translates into is that we are proving that through ongoing technological innovation the amounts of energy that are produced can be increased, and in a way that is cost effective. Even though we are not at that point yet, by proving that it is possible the public interest in these methods will increasingly progress. Only through the public pushing for these types of methods to be used more and more are can we transition effectively away from fossil fuel production, and the powerful lobbying that keeps it as the primary method. Burning fossil fuels to manufacture electricity is not clean or sustainable, but it is more cost effective at the current state. This means that it is difficult to get people to want to spend more for the same product, unless they can witness first-hand the damage that is being caused. Since atmospheric damage is hard to see and experience on a day-to-day basis, the fossil fuel industry keeps the public interest away from developing the technologies that will push sustainable prices lower, ultimately creating a method of power generation that is both cleaner and cheaper. Naturally, the fossil fuel industry is against this process if it will eventually put them out of business.
The reason that sustainable methods are more expensive and less reliable currently is due to the equipment used in the process. Components are continually being damaged or destroyed in the field, pushing costs up and production levels down, and energy storage solutions have not yet risen to the level to be able to harness the energy created. Because keeping the systems online while the free fuel sources are available is paramount to increasing the production levels, any type of damage that takes systems offline must be minimized. This is where preventative measures such as surge protection devices come into play as important innovations in the industry. Through the integration of effective surge protection devices, the damage that is produced after lightning strikes to an exposed component can be avoided. If more damage in the field can be avoided, ultimately the capacities will be improved and operational costs driven lower. Cleaner and cheaper is on the horizon, and technology will bring it to fruition.