The Power of Green Technology Essay

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In the last three years alone, the advancements made in green technology have been massive. Already there are examples of green technology that have been made readily available to residential consumers at affordable rates with realistic reimbursements through reduced billing amounts, tax breaks, and increased efficiencies. The science of green technology continues to grow however, with more environmentally friendly and efficient methods of accomplishing everyday tasks on residential, commercial, and industrial levels. The green energy technologies that are shaping tomorrow are the concepts of various green energies, dynamic green buildings, and the breakthroughs in nanotechnology. There have been countless forms of green renewable energy …show more content…
The energy generated is found through hot water steam aquifers. The two most popular methods of renewable energy also happen to be among the least used in America; solar and wind power. Solar and wind combined amount to just 0.84% of all energy produced in the United States (Summary Statistics). Photovoltaic technology has been enhanced, however. New third generation solar cells are designed to possibly overcome the Shockley-Queisser limit of 31 to-41% for single solar cells. The Shockley-Queisser limit refers to the maximum theoretical efficiency of a solar cell using a p-n junction to collect power from the cell (“Applied Physics” 14). These new third generation solar cells are projected to be able to reach efficiencies up to 65%, and are considered to be much more cost-efficient; being more accessible to the general public having less of a price tag (“Third Generation Photovoltaics”). Wind and water technology has progressed little in the last decade, although hydro-electric power plants account for 6% of the total power generated in the U.S. and an impressive 60% in Canada. Wind power uses the basic principles of induction coils to generate power, just as a gasoline generator would. The perk of wind energy is of course however, its renewable nature.
The second category in green technology breakthroughs are green buildings. Green buildings are described as “the practice of creating