We all know about Elon Musk, the guy transforming our vision on renewable energy sources. Who would have thought electric cars could become a style statement. Being an Indian, my vision was limited to why electric cars are a failure in our markets. My childhood was spent behind LCD screens watching the likes of Ferrari and Lambos roar their way to glory. A V12 made the Aventador, an uncontrollable beast which even Stig found tough to control (A shout out to all Top Gear Fans!).
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But then came the Tesla, destroying the Lotus to bits on the same show that applauded Lambos for their flamboyance. This sight not only sparked respect towards the electric cars but ignited a curiosity for other forms of energy
All of us are waiting for a safe future, where our Earth would breathe air without pollution and life is more advanced in terms of technology. Combining this with our present scenario it is really the time to think about other forms of energy. Musk had a vision to make electric energy “Cool” and his mind-set was enough to pull off one of the most advanced technologies in renewable sources.
Being engineers, the future of the technology in India, lies in our hands. Our mind-set towards technology would change the condition of technology development in India and we should focus on energy sources that would fulfil this criterion. Visionaries like Elon Musk have placed their money bags on solar energy. They know how underrated solar energy is.
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In an interview on December 15 at the American Geophysical Union meeting, Musk said
“The important thing to appreciate is if let's say the only thing we had was solar energy, that that was the only power source, if you just took a small section of Spain, you could power all of Europe. It's a very small amount of area that's actually needed to generate the electricity we need to power civilization, or in the case of the US, a little corner of Nevada or Utah, could power the entire United States.”
More power from the sun hits the Earth in a single hour than humanity uses in an entire year, yet solar only provided 0.39% of the energy used in the US last year.
If solar is 20% efficient at turning solar energy into power, as it has been in lab tests, we'd only need to cover a land area about the size of Spain to power the entire Earth renewably in 2030.
Start small; build small projects on solar and smart energy systems that help you to learn about it. Let this wonder flow through your brain cells. Learn about it, implement it practically and be the real saviour of the Earth (No offense Superman!).
The path to success starts with small research and mini projects, but it will take you down to a road of endless possibilities. All pioneers started small. No one came up with a Solar Giga-factory in one day. Engineers of today need to realise the power of what nature can offer, and build your final year engineering and mini projects revolving renewable energies for the better future.
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