Secure, clean and efficient energy
Finding sources of energy
Finding sources of clean, green energy is a great challenge facing us all today. At the moment we rely very heavily on carbon fuels like petrol, gas and coal to light and heat our homes, businesses and industries.
The resulting pollution produces greenhouse gasses – so called because they are causing the earth to heat up. This heating up of the earth is called global warming and it may be the cause of water shortages, rising sea levels and other environmental problems.
To try and limit this rise in temperature, the EU has set itself the target of boosting our use of greener energy sources by 20% by 2020. But to do this, business, industry and people paying household energy bills need to be able to afford the energy coming from sources like wind, waves or the sun. At the moment the price of the energy produced by these non-carbon sources is high.
This is where you come in. We need researchers and innovators to make energy from solar panels, wind farms and other renewable energy sources more accessible and efficient. We also need to find new ways of creating energy that are environmentally friendly. Do you think you can help?