Renewable Energy

By: Ryan Haack

Solar energy

General Info- Solar energy is energy obtained directly from sunlight. It is more abundant, less exhaustible, and more pollution-free than any other energy source.


Interesting Facts-

Solar Energy is the only source of renewable energy.

California has the largest solar power plant.

Photovoltaic Panels (solar panels) are mainly composed of silicon.


Benefits-

Save money.

Increase your home value.

Solar power is easy to get.

Its better than other power for the environment.

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Nuclear energy

General Information- Nuclear energy is heat that is released from an atom during a nuclear reaction. It is frequently used to generate electricity.


Interesting Facts-

Every 2 year the nuclear power plant shuts down to go through cleaning cycle which allows the removal of radioactive waste.


Benefits-

Powerful

Efficient

Cheap Electricity

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Geothermal energy

General Information- Geothermal energy is energy from heat derived from the Earth's interior. It involves tapping the underground reservoirs reservoirs reservoirs volcanically active areas.


Interesting Facts- In some parts of Iceland, hot water runs from geothermal power plants under pavements and roads to help melt ice.


Benefits-

No pollution

Direct Use

Reduce reliance on fossil fuels

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Biodiesel

General Information- Biodiesel is a diesel substitute that is derived from plant oils and animal fats to extend diesel fuel,kerosene, and heating fuel oil. It is usually mixed with diesel in the proportion of 80% diesel and 20% biodiesel.


Interesting Facts- Biodiesel is a relatively clean-burning fuel that can replace the non-renewable petro diesel. Biodiesel is considered readily biodegradable under ideal conditions and non-toxic.


Benefits-

Air quality

Safety

Engine Operation

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Tidal power

General Information- Tidal power- is power from the tides is kinda works like clockwork and carry huge amounts of force behind them.


Interesting Facts- Tides are caused by the gravitational forces between the moon and earth.


Benefits-

Tidal turbines are located beneath the ocean surface and cannot be seen or heard.

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Hydropower

General Information- Hydropower is water power. In its simplest form, the power from moving water is used to do work, whether it is grinding wheat or producing electricity.


Interesting Facts- Hydropower is the oldest power sources.

Doesn't pollute but the construction of the dams can affect natural systems.


Benefits-

Fueled by water.

The hydropower facilities can quickly go from zero power to maximum output.

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Wind

General Information- Wind power come from a turbine. It is a tall "wind tower". It catches the wind that turns the propellers.


Interesting Facts- Wind mills were first developed in China.

A single wind turbine can power 500 homes.

American wind power is a $10 billion a year industry.

As of May 2014, the United States is home to 46,000 operating wind turbines.


Benefits-

Clean source of power

Sustainable

Cost-effective

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Biomass

General Information- Biomass is heat from wood that has been chipped and dried for the purpose of generating heat or electrical power.


Interesting Facts-

Biomass is all plant and animal matter.

Biomass can be used to make an energy-rich gas called biogas.

Biomass is part of the carbon cycle.

Biomass is not fossilized material.


Benefits-

Reduces need for fossil fuels.

Produce oxygen and use up carbon.

The use of waste material reduce landfill disposal and makes more space for everything else.

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