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The Role Of Plastic In Renewable Energy

Well, the first question to pop in your minds will undoubtedly be this – Plastic? Beneficial to the environment?! How’s that even possible! But people, it’s happening – and plastic will soon be playing a significant role in renewable energy sources. Eager to know how? Read on!

  1. Solar cells:
    If you carefully observe solar panels, you’ll easily notice that quite a lot of its components are already made up of plastic. Plastic may not play a major or direct role in the generation of solar energy, but hey how will the entire mechanism work if it doesn’t have the essential plastic components without which the functioning of the solar panel would be questionable? And it doesn’t end here – as per researchers, plastic may soon be an essential part of the solar cells itself! What could be better than this? Creating photovoltaic energy from the plastic could be the perfect solution to the woes our generation is facing owing to the menace caused by plastic. Hope this technology comes in soon!
  2. Wind energy:
    Fans are an essential part for the generation of wind energy – and again, these fans are made of nothing but plastic. Lightweight plastic is used to produce the blades of these fans, to improve their efficiency and to get the maximum out of the windmill. Immense research was directed towards finding the perfect material to manufacture effective plastic blades and ultimately, plastic surpassed all the tests! Lighter the blades, better the energy generated – and that’s where plastic ticked all the boxes, to become the only material to be used to manufacture the blades of these turbines.

3.Best out of waste:
Plastic has innumerable uses when recycled to its optimum. The best part about plastic is that it Can be easily moulded into something brand new – making it the most flexible reusable material around. Also, the variety that can be obtained from re-using plastic is just fantastic! There are a lot of organizations out there who are making the most out of plastic and trying to minimize the negative impact that plastic has on the environment. These organizations have a dedicated workforce that work towards creating extremely useful products from mere plastic waste.

Plastic is definitely a major issue faced by the environment – but what is best is that the world is becoming more environmentally conscious and is taking steps and efforts towards converting this otherwise non-decomposable material into something worthwhile!