Renewable Energy: Is It the Solution?

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Introduction Renewable energy is considered a revolutionary thing, something that can save us from peak oil and climate change, but is it really what it seems? Renewable energy can help ease our predicament. There are multiple ways to achieve this, including the use of newer, greener technologies such as wind, solar power, and biomass. The purpose of this paper is to educate, theorize, and discuss various aspects of renewable energy, such as its history, development, and the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy. Ultimately, my personal reflection on renewable energy and, energy in general will be discussed. Renewable Energy There are several methods to implement renewable energy. You can harness power from multiple sources,…show more content…
Flowing air makes the turbine spin, which in turn produces the electricity, a simple concept. Solar Power: Solar panels use photovoltaic modules to convert solar radiation from the sun into usable electricity. Solar panels are commonly used on satellites, street lights, construction and traffic signs, solar powered tents, and electric aircraft (Osborn, 2010). Hydro Power: This power is extracted from falling or running water which in turn spins a turbine which produces electricity. Hydroelectricity is by far the most popular renewable method of energy production, accounting for approximately 16% of the world’s total energy (Worldwatch Institute, 2012). Biomass: Biomass is classified as all matter that is based in carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen (Christopher B. Field, 1998). Biomass can also be converted to biofuels such as biodiesel, and ethanol. Wood is the most common method of utilizing biomass energy. Biofuel: Biofuels are produced from living organisms. The most common biofuels are bioethanol and biodiesel. Ethanol can be used in gasoline based engines and can be mixed with gasoline to any percentage. Ethanol is produced by using the sugars in a plant and distilling it into pure alcohol, in the United States, corn is the primary source for ethanol fuel (Ethanol Market, 2006). Biodiesel is another popular biofuel, most popular in Europe, biodiesel
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