With solar cells and water, and an electrochemical process, researchers can create an artificial photosynthesis process which splits H2O into hydrogen (fuel) and oxygen (breath!) with no harmful side effects (carbon). Efficiencies surpass Mother Nature at 22%.
Thank you for Supporting Renewable Energy Independence Day
Renewable Energy Independence Day™ is a social media initiative of the US Renewable Energy Association (USREA.org). The Nationwide Petition asks Congress for a declaration of July 3rd as a date where national efforts toward achieving renewable energy use of (50.4%), as compared to non-renewable energy resources is acknowledged as a goal. This directive operates under the idea that before the US can truly have Independence Day on July 4th, the US must achieve Renewable Energy Independence.
The current national percentage of Renewable Energy Use in 2012 (Approx 9.3%), represents a current Renewable Energy Day of February 2 (if a one year supply of renewable energy were used exclusively beginning January 1st, it would last until Feb. 2). The goal of the United States Renewable Energy Association, along with supporting companies and like minded individuals, is to have a goal declaring July 3rd as the nationally recognized tipping point goal in clean energy production. It is structured somewhat like Tax Freedom Day.
The petition is available at usrea.org and is supported by multiple National Alternative Energy companies, associations and individuals. The goal is to have 2M signatures available before July in a national social media campaign delivered to the US Congress.
In the United States, Renewable Energy Day for 2012 is February 2, for a total average effective use rate of 9.3 percent of the nation's energy use. 2012 is the most current published data from the US Energy Information Administration.
Renewable Energy Day is the first day of the year in which a nation as a whole has theoretically switched from Renewable Energy use, from all sources, and moved to the balance of yearly energy production from non-renewable sources such as coal, petroleum, natural gas, nuclear, etc.
According to Gerald B. Zack, President/CEO, USREA, “The purpose of Renewable Energy Independence Day is to provide US citizens a metric with which to estimate progress in the use and deployment of Renewable Energy Technologies. The premise is that by comparing the relative energy use in a date reference, progress toward the tipping point of July 3rd can more easily be assessed.“