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Wave Energy – The Potential of Wave Power Plants to Power Our Future

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Progress requires energy and lots of it. We, humans, are constantly in search of renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuels and slow down climate change.

Though solar and wind energy has been receiving the most attention in recent years, wave energy has the potential to be an even bigger and more reliable form of renewable energy. In this blog post, we will explore the potential of wave power plants and how they could help power our future.

 

What is Wave Energy?

Wave energy is a type of renewable energy that harnesses the kinetic energy of ocean waves and converts it into electrical energy. The United Nations Environment Programme defines wave energy as “the energy available from the motion of ocean waves.” Wave power is a sustainable and environmentally friendly electricity source that can power homes, businesses, and even entire communities.

 

The Potential of Wave Power Plants

Wave power plants have the potential to generate large amounts of electricity. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that “if developed, wave energy can provide up to 10% of the nation’s electricity”. That’s a huge potential! And it’s not just the United States – countries worldwide are investing in wave power plants due to their great potential.

 

How Wave Power Plants Work

wave energy potential

Wave power plants use the kinetic energy of ocean waves to generate electricity. There are two main types of wave power plants: offshore and onshore. Offshore wave power plants are located in deep water, often more than 2 miles from shore, while onshore wave power plants are located on or near shorelines.

 

Offshore Wave Power Plants

Offshore wave power plants typically use floating devices called buoys to generate electricity. Buoys are tethered to the seabed and as waves pass them, they move up and down. This motion generates electricity via a mechanical device connected to a generator. The generator converts the mechanical motion into electrical energy, which is transported ashore via underwater cables.

These types of wave power plants have several advantages over onshore plants.

For example, they can be located in deep water, away from shipping lanes and coastal development. This means that they have less impact on the environment and marine life. Another advantage is that they can harness the energy of larger waves, generating more electricity.

However, offshore wave power plants are more expensive to build and maintain than onshore plants due to their location and distance from shore.

 

Onshore Wave Power Plants

Onshore wave power plants use structures called breakwaters or sea walls to generate electricity.

Breakwaters are artificial barriers built perpendicular to shorelines that protect coastlines from erosion and storm surge damage during severe weather events like hurricanes or tsunamis. As waves hit the breakwater, they cause it to move up and down, which generates electricity via a mechanical device connected to a generator (similar to how offshore buoys work).

The generator then converts the mechanical motion into electrical energy, which can power homes, businesses, or entire communities.

One advantage of onshore wave power plants is that they can be built relatively cheaply compared to offshore plants due they do not need to be located in deep water (they can be built close to shore). They also have less impact on marine life since they are located in areas with less maritime traffic or development (such as shipping lanes).

However, one disadvantage of onshore wave power plants is that they only work well in areas with high tides (such as along coastlines) since this generates the most movement in the breakwater structures.

 

Conclusion:

Wave energy has great potential as a renewable source of electricity for powering homes, businesses, and even communities all over the world – both now and in the future! What do you think about this type of renewable energy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Vegan Thanksgiving Entrée Recipes

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vegan seitan roast

If you’re looking for some delicious and festive vegan Thanksgiving entrées, look no further! Here are our favorite recipes that are sure to please vegans and meat-eaters alike

Whether you’re in the mood for something traditional like roasted seitan or something a little different like lentil loaf, we’ve got you covered.

So gather your friends and family around the table and enjoy a vegan Thanksgiving feast!

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10 Vegan Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

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steamed pumpkin cake

If you’re vegan, or cooking for someone who is, you might be wondering what to serve for dessert on Thanksgiving.

Never fear! There are plenty of delicious and festive vegan desserts that will be sure to please everyone at the table.

Here are some of our favorites…

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Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

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Vegan gnocchi recipe

Are you looking for some delicious and vegan-friendly appetizers to serve at your Thanksgiving feast? Look no further!

Here are 8 recipes for amazing vegan appetizers that will have everyone at your table asking for seconds.

Bon appetit!

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5 Root vegetables you can grow in containers

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root vegetables in containers

Gardening is a cheap, fun, and rewarding hobby, but it can be daunting to get started. If you need more space or are still trying to figure out where to start, container gardening is a great option.

It allows you to get your hands dirty and grow various vegetables on your patio or balcony. Here are seven root vegetables that are perfect for growing in containers.

 

1. Beets

root vegetables you can grow in containers - beets

Beets are a type of root vegetable that grows well in containers. They grow best in full sun but will do well in partial shade. Beets need well-drained soil and should be watered regularly. One way to tell if your beets need water is to check the leaves.

If they’re wilting, it’s time to water your plants. When harvesting beets, leave at least two inches of the stem attached to the beetroot. This will help the plant continue to grow.

 

2. Radishes

Radishes are fast-growing root vegetables that are perfect for container gardens. They can even be grown in pots as small as six inches across. Radishes prefer full sun but will also do well in partial shade. Radishes need loose, well-drained soil and should be watered regularly—about 1-2 inches per week.

When harvesting radishes, pull them up by the greens rather than tugging on the roots so you don’t damage the plant. Radishes are best harvested when they’re about two inches in diameter, but they can be left to grow larger if you want milder-tasting radishes.

 

3. Turnips

Turnips are another type of root vegetable that grows well in containers gardeners often overlook turnips since they’re so easy to find in grocery stores.

However, freshly harvested turnips have a much sweeter flavor than store-bought ones that have been sitting around for weeks. They also happen to be very easy to grow. Turnips prefer full sun but will also tolerate partial shade. They need loose, well-drained soil and should be watered regularly.

When harvesting, turnips cut the greens off at the base of the plant leaving about two inches of stem attached.

To avoid damaging the root, it’s best to harvest turnips with a small gardening fork. You can eat turnips as soon as they’re big enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but they’ll taste sweeter if you wait until they’re three or four inches in diameter.

 

4. Carrots

root vegetables you can grow in containers

Carrots are another root vegetable that’s perfect for container gardening. They do well in full sun but will also do well in partial shade. Carrots need loose, well-drained soil and should be watered regularly.

When harvesting carrots, pull them up by the greens rather than tugging on the roots. This will help prevent damage to the plant. You can harvest carrots as soon as they’re big enough to eat—usually about two inches in diameter. However, if you wait until they’re larger, they’ll be even sweeter.

 

5. Rutabagas

Rutabagas look like large turnips and belong to the same family of plants. They have a slightly bitter taste and are often used in cooked dishes rather than eaten raw. Rutabagas prefer full sun but will also tolerate partial shade. They need loose, well-drained soil and should be watered regularly.

When harvesting rutabagas, cut the greens off at the base of the plant, similar to how you would harvest turnips. However, rutabagas are much larger than turnips, so you’ll need a sharp knife rather than a gardening fork. Rutabagas can range in size from one pound to eight pounds. But for the best flavor, try to harvest them when they’re between two and three pounds.

 

Conclusion

These seven vegetables are just a few of the many types of root vegetables that can be grown in containers. With proper care and attention, most root vegetables will thrive. In addition to turnips, carrots, and radishes, consider adding potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, or garlic to your container garden. Happy planting.

New to Electric Vehicles? Read This First.

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electric vehicles - the basics

Electric vehicles have gained popularity over recent years as the technology behind them converges to create an ever-improving riding experience. The costs have also come down significantly.

EVs have numerous benefits – they’re better for the environment, quieter, require minimal maintenance compared to gas-powered vehicles, and save you money in the long run. They protect you against the see-sawing gas prices.

However, before you switch to an EV, consider a few factors first. We’ll cover three key issues: range anxiety, charging infrastructure, upfront costs, and what’s being done to address these issues.

 

Range Anxiety

electric vehicle road trip

One of the biggest concerns about EVs is “range anxiety”—the fear that your car will run out of juice before you reach your destination. It’s a valid concern—after all, EVs can’t just stop at a gas station to refuel.

But you can do a few things to ease your range anxiety on a road trip with an EV or for daily commutes. First, research and buy an EV with a range that meets your needs. There are now EVs on the market that can go over 200 miles on a single charge, so you’re sure to find one that fits your lifestyle.

Second, plan your trips and map out charging stations along your route. And finally, remember that you can always charge your EV at home overnight if needed.

According to studies by the US Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency, the average EV can travel between 70 and 100 miles on a single charge. However, newer EVs have much higher ranges. For example, the Tesla Model S can travel up to 373 miles on a single charge, while the Chevy Bolt can go up to 259 miles. The Mercedes EQS has one of the longest ranges at 485 miles.

Of course, range varies depending on weather conditions, terrain, speed, and whether or not you’re using energy-saving features like regenerative braking.

But even in real-world driving conditions, most people will find that an EV will easily get them through their daily commute without any problems. And if you need to travel further than your EV’s range allows, most public charging stations are within easy reach of major highways.

 

Charging Infrastructure

Another important consideration when buying an EV is the charging infrastructure—or lack thereof—in your area. If you live in a major city, chances are there are plenty of public charging stations available.

But, if you live in a rural area, you may need to install a charger at home. The good news is that many EVs have home chargers included, and installing a home charger is often as easy as calling an electrician.

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Furthermore, electric vehicle charging systems have developed significantly over the recent past.

Some of the latest developments in EV charging include:

 

  1. More Public Charging Stations Than Ever Before

According to a report from the US Department of Energy, more than 25,000 public charging stations were in the United States by March 2018. The number has risen to more than 140,000 in 2022.

That number will only grow in the coming years as more people purchase electric cars. And that’s good news for everyone, whether you own an electric vehicle or not!

 

  1. Faster Charging Times

One of the biggest complaints about early electric cars was that they took forever to charge. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case! With the latest generation of electric vehicles, you can expect anywhere from 100-200 miles of range after just 30 minutes of charging. And if you have access to a fast charger, some cars can even get up to 80% charged in under 30 minutes.

 

  1. More Charging Options

In addition to traditional Level 2 chargers (the kind you might find at your local grocery store), there are now several other options available for people who want to charge their car while on the go.

Level 3 DC fast chargers are becoming increasingly common, and there are even a few Level 4 chargers out there (though they’re still pretty rare).

But perhaps the most exciting development is solar-powered charging stations! These stations use solar panels to generate electricity, which is then used to charge electric cars. This is a great way to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and benefit the environment!

Related:
3 Key Things to Consider Before Buying an Electric Car

 

Upfront Costs

electric vehicle costs

The upfront cost of an EV can be significantly higher than the cost of a traditional gasoline car. However, there are several ways to offset this cost. First, many governments offer incentives for purchasing EVs, so check for any available rebates or tax credits in your area.

Second, EVs are cheaper to operate than gasoline cars—you’ll never have to pay for gas again! And finally, many employers offer workplace charging programs that can help offset the cost of owning and operating an electric vehicle.

 

How Much Do Electric Cars Cost?

According to Kelley Blue Book, the average price of a new EV in the US is just over $66,000. That’s slightly higher than the average price of a new car, which is just over $50,000.

However, remember that EVs typically have much lower running costs than petrol or diesel cars, so that they can save you money in the long run. For example, charging an EV at home costs around $2 per 100 miles, while driving the same distance in a petrol car would cost around $12 (based on current fuel prices).

 

Are Electric Car Prices Falling?

Yes, electric car prices are falling thanks to advances in battery technology and increased production scale. In fact, prices have fallen more than 35% since 2010, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. And they’re expected to continue falling over the next few years. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that the average price of an EV will fall below $40,000 by 2023.

 

What’s Driving the Price falls?

One of the main factors driving down electric car prices is the falling cost of batteries. Battery costs have fallen by 89% since 2010, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. This is due to a combination of improvements in manufacturing efficiency and an increase in global production scale.

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Conclusion:

Electric vehicles are becoming popular and practical—and for a good reason! They’re better for the environment than traditional gasoline cars, cheaper to operate in the long run, and come with many other great benefits.

But before you buy an EV, there are a few things you need to consider first, like range anxiety, charging infrastructure, and upfront costs. By doing your research and planning, you can confidently switch to an electric vehicle!

28 Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

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Walnut Stuffed Squash

The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be serving at your Thanksgiving feast. If you’re vegan, or have vegan friends or family members coming to dinner, you’ll want to make sure there are plenty of delicious and festive vegan dishes to enjoy.

Whether you’re looking for something traditional or something a little more innovative, we’ve got you covered with these Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes. 

So get cooking, and let us know how everything turns out!

How to Have a Zero-Waste Thanksgiving

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zero-waste thanksgiving

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and feasting. However, all that feasting comes with a lot of waste. The National Resources Defense Council estimates that Americans throw away 25% more trash during the week of Thanksgiving than at any other time of year.

However, you can make it different this year! With some planning, you can have a zero-waste Thanksgiving that is just as festive as any other. Here’s how:

 

  1. Plan ahead by making a list of what you’ll need and where you can get it

Thanksgiving is all about the food, so the first step to having a zero-waste feast is to plan your menu and make a shopping list accordingly.

When possible, buy locally-sourced and organic items to reduce your carbon footprint. You can also look for items in bulk to cut down on packaging waste. And remember to use reusable bags!

 

  1. Ditch disposables

reject single use plastic

From paper plates and plastic cups to single-use silverware and napkins, disposables are one of the biggest culprits for holiday waste. Invest in some reusable dishware and silverware that you can use year after year, and make sure to wash and reuse them instead of throwing them away.

You can also opt for cloth napkins—they’ll add a touch of style and sophistication to your dinner table while helping reduce waste.

 

  1. Make your own décor

Fall is a beautiful time of year, so take advantage of all the natural décor available outside. Gather leaves, branches, acorns, and pinecones to create centerpieces and other décor for your home—you’ll save money and help the environment simultaneously.

If you have young kids, put them to work gathering leaves and other natural items for craft projects like homemade wreaths or garlands.

 

  1. Get creative with your leftovers

One of the best things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers. But instead of letting them go bad in the fridge, get creative with how you use them! There are endless possibilities for turkey sandwiches, casseroles, soups, and more.

While some leftovers are best enjoyed cold, you can transform others into new and delicious dishes straight from the fridge.

For example, you can use leftover turkey to make a hearty soup or stew, while mashed potatoes can be repurposed into potato cakes or pancakes. Cranberry sauce can be mixed into oatmeal or yogurt or used as a topping for pancakes or waffles.

 

  1. Compost your food waste

composting

Composting is an excellent way to reduce food waste, and it’s surprisingly easy to do at home. You can either start your compost bin or sign up for a municipal composting program (if available).

Once you’ve collected all your food scraps, add them to your compost bin or drop them off at the designated location—and voila!—you’ve turned food waste into valuable nutrients for plants and gardens.

 

  1. Recycle everything else.

Forget about good old-fashioned recycling! Most communities offer recycling services for items like glass jars, aluminum cans, plastic containers, and cardboard boxes.

So before you toss something in the trash this Thanksgiving, make sure you can’t recycle it first.

 

Conclusion:

Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year—and rightfully so! It’s a time for family, friends, and feasting on delicious food. However, all that feasting often generates a lot of waste.

However, you can do it differently this year! With some planning, you can have a zero-waste Thanksgiving that is just as festive (and delicious) as any other kind of holiday gathering. So try out these tips and enjoy your sustainable feast!

The Canadian Well: An Environmentally-Friendly Way to Provide Heating and Cooling

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geothermal heat

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on finding environmentally-friendly ways to heat and cool our homes. One such method is the Canadian well, which is a type of geothermal heating and cooling system.

In this article, we discuss what a Canadian well is and why it is an environmentally-friendly way to provide heating and cooling.

 

What is a Canadian Well?

A Canadian well is a type of geothermal heating and cooling system. It works by circulating water through a buried loop of pipe in order to transfer heat from the ground into the home in winter, and from the home into the ground in summer.

In Canada, most of the country has a bedrock of igneous rock which is heated by the Earth’s hot interior. This heat is transferred to the surface through conduction. The Canadian well can take advantage of this process to generate heat for homes and businesses.

By drilling a deep hole into the ground, water can be circulated through the well and used to transfer heat from the bedrock to the surface. This water can then be used to heat buildings or can be used to generate electricity. Canadian wells can provide a sustainable and renewable source of energy that can help to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

This process is much more efficient than traditional methods of heating and cooling, such as furnaces and air conditioners, which use large amounts of energy to generate heat or cool air.

Related:
Getting Started with Geothermal Heating and Cooling in Your Home

 

Why is a Canadian Well Environmentally-Friendly?

There are two main reasons why Canadian wells are environmentally-friendly.

First, they require very little electricity to operate. In fact, the only electricity required is to circulate the water through the buried loop of pipe.

Second, Canadian wells do not release any greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This is in contrast to traditional methods of heating and cooling, which often rely on fossil fuels such as natural gas or oil. As a result, Canadian wells can help reduce your carbon footprint.

 

Conclusion

Canadian wells are a type of geothermal heating and cooling system that is becoming increasingly popular due to its environmental friendliness.

If you are looking for an environmentally-friendly way to heat and cool your home, then a Canadian well may be right for you!

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