Solar Power over Natural Gases
By: Kayla Thompson and Serena Perry
Solar power is energy from the sun in the form of heat and light. The electronic that converts this is called solar panels. What's great about this is that when solar panels cost money the energy is free from the sun. Photovoltaic (PV) cells are devices that use the energy to generate electricity. Beside is a picture of how solar power works.
Natural gases are a fossil fuel; flammable, odorless gas (mostly methane) found in earths crust and is non renewable. Natural gas is a nonrenewable resource because it cannot be replenished on a human time frame. This gas is an energy source often used for heating, cooking, and electricity generation. Below is an image of what places use natural gases over solar energy. When a generator is used this can turn natural gas to power for our cars and homes.
Challenges for using Solar Energy over Natural Gases
The reason to use solar power over natural gases is because when natural gases cost money and destroy the surface of our environment solar energy doesn't and the power comes from the sun while saving energy. Solar energy can help our environment today and it can be more helpful in the future instead of poisoning our air.
- Although the sun is over 90 million miles from the Earth, it takes less than 10 minutes for light to speed across that distance.
- The largest solar power plant in the world is located in the Mojave Desert in California, covering 1000's of acres.
- Natural gas was formed deep under the earth about 100 million years ago. And is still present today.
- There are more than 2.1 million miles of underground gas pipelines across the United States.
- Fossil fuels- a fuel (as coal, oil, or natural gas) formed in the earth from plant or animal remains
- Non renewable- not able to grow again or be made again : not able to be replaced by nature
- Generator- a machine that converts natural gases into electricity