Solar energy and Nuclear energy

by: Ben Oslund, Scroll down to learn more...

Solar energy

Solar energy, comes from radiant energy waves from the sun. It absorbs the light from the sun and transfers it to electric energy. Solar panels work by allowing photons/particles of light, to knock electron free atoms, generating electric energy.

It is primarily used to power objects inside houses, and some businesses. One thing that many people may not know is, is that in 2009 in the U.S. only 1% of that energy being used was solar energy, and renewable energy resources altogether only accounted for 8%!

Solar energy has also been used for over 2700 years, in 700 bc they used glass lenses to help start or create fires.

One good alternative to Solar energy is Wind and hydroelectric energy, they both are both good alternatives to Solar energy, because they are both clean an are inexhaustible energy resources (They have infinite uses).

Only one percent!

The image below shows the uses of Energy resources from 2009
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Nuclear energy

Uranium is found inside of certain minerals however is no longer being formed inside of earth, therefore its a non renewable energy resource.

Uranium is formed in supernovas 6.6 billion years ago and is not very common in the solar system, its radioactive decay provides the main source of heat in earth.

Humans can transform uranium nuclei to thermal energy (See below for an example on how nuclear reactors work).

As of March 11th, 2014 in 31 countries 435 nuclear power plants with an installed electric net capacity of about 372 GW are in operation, and 72 plant with an installed capacity of 68 GW are in 15 countries under construction. However one thing many people don't know is that uranium used to transform the color glass.

One good replacement that could be a good alternative to nuclear energy is (...as mentioned above...) Solar and wind energy, Why? Because Solar and wind energy is one of the most cleanest and safest energy resources there are, It does not produce pollution, it does not have the danger of causing disasters, such as a nuclear meltdown, or a mine blowing up, the worst that could happen is that a certain day it may not be that windy, or may just be a bit cloudy, foggy, however if the world where to have more Solar and Wind energy farms we could help the other parts of the country/world that may be cloudy or not windy enough to produce energy. And by slowly replacing the worlds reliant energy resource we could help prevent diseases that effect the lungs, and some cancers.

How do Nuclear reactors work? And how did they come to be?

This video will give you some detail about the history of nuclear reactors, as well some info on how they work.
Nuclear Energy Explained: How does it work? 1/3

The process of how Nuclear energy is transformed

The image below shows all the processes of a Nuclear powerplant
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Bibliography

This is a list of all the websites/sources

1.) conserve-energy-future.com


2.) youtube.com/user/Kurzgesagt (Video creators channel)


3.) investopedia.com


4.) eia.gov


5.) google.com (Most answers/statistics where embedded in the search engine themselves)


6.) connected.mcgraw-hill.com (My online textbook)