Flight and its effects

When man first took to the skies he did not stop to consider the effect this development would eventually have on them. Airplane fuel does not come from green energy sources, but still relies on fossil fuel. Airports are a major source of noise, water and air pollution.

Carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxide are released into the air from plane engines. These chemicals erode the ozone layer effecting renewable energy sources such as solar energy. Toxic chemicals from the products used to de-ice planes during winter storms flow into waterways that could be used for hydropower plants.

Biomass is the only renewable energy source that can be converted directly into liquid fuels or biofuels. Ethanol and biodiesel are the most common biofuels for transportation needs, including airplanes. Development of these green energy sources would benefit everyone. Reliance on fossil fuel would decrease and the air quality would increase.

Solar power is another green energy method that is being studied to perpetuate clean flight. The difficulty stems in storing enough of the renewable energy to manage a great distance. The sun is already a major source of power for satellites. It is only a matter of time before a plane large enough to carry several passengers is designed to utilize the almost infinite supply of renewable energy from the sun. Development of more efficient solar cells and resourceful renewable energy storage systems will make this possible. Clean and green is the way of the future.


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