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Environmental Technology in Hawaii

August 15th, 2009 · No Comments · Environment

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In an effort to preserve the natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii has been extremely progressive in terms of researching and applying technologies that will allow locals to use alternate sources of energy, allowing Hawaii to become a more environmentally friendly state with a reduced carbon footprint. Its also extremely important that Hawaii becomes more dependent on alternative sources of energy because since Hawaii is isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, millions of dollars are spent to have the oil shipped to the islands, making it even more expensive than elsewhere in the nations. Because of the Hawaii’s geographical location, Hawaii would have the ability to access numerous alternate sources of energy, a convenience many other places in the world don’t have. Researchers in Hawaii are working on creating technologies that will allow Hawaii to rely less on oil and more on other sources of energy including wind, sun, waves, and geothermal activity.

Because Hawaii enjoys sunny weather more than most other places in the world, solar technologies are one of the most hopeful alternate sources of energy. In fact, there are already numerous businesses in Hawaii that offer solar products in some way or form so people can take advantage of Hawaii’s sunny weather. Many people in Hawaii have installed solar powered fans, solar water heaters, and photovoltaic solar panels to supply all of the home’s electricity needs. By using solar energy, many homeowners can save a barrel of oil a day.

Another alternate source of energy that applies to Hawaii more than anywhere else is wave energy. Researchers are finding ways to harness the power of the waves in order to create electricity.

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