Compass

Elemental energy: Flickr photo of the day

Compass

(Photo: xelemendez / Flickr)

(Photo: xelemendez / Flickr)


When photographer Xelemendez looked across the remote and mountainous landscape of Teruel, Spain, he saw Energy. The electrical energy produced by the 14 wind turbines is enough to supply the needs of 5,000 homes. The big cloud behind them, however – if there was a way to harness its electrical energy – could power hundreds of thousands of homes. One reasonably sized thunderstorm has the energy equivalent of a thermonuclear bomb.

Although aesthetically controversial, harnessing wind energy is growing worldwide; wind is an utterly renewable source. And unlike damming a river, wind turbines don’t deprive anyone “downwind stream” of anything.

Meanwhile, scientists are still scratching their heads trying to figure out how to harness a thunderstorm.

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