Alternative Energy

It's a Renewable Resource

What is Alternative Energy?

Like the title says, Alternative Energy is the same as Renewable Resources. Yep, the same thing. Not sure why they have two different names but they do… so don't get confused. If you know what a Renewable Resource is then you know about Alternative Energy.


In case you have forgotten about Renewable Resources, here is a look at types of Alternative Energy.

Types of Alternative Energy

  • Solar Energy (from the sun)
  • Wind Power
  • Hydro Power
  • Geothermal Energy (from the Earth)
  • Biomass
  • Ocean Energy


A Closer Look

Let's Keep Looking

Geothermal Energy

Let's break down the word… "Geo" means Earth or land and "thermal" means heat. Therefore, Geothermal means heat from the Earth. This type of energy is clean and safe for the environment. Power Plants that run off this energy can run constantly because weather is not a factor, they are getting their energy from the Earth.

Look at the diagram… it shows how power plants produce electricity from Geothermal energy.


Biomass

Again let's look at the word Biomass… "bio" means life and "mass" means matter; therefore, biomass is matter that is or was alive. Some examples are wood, hay, sugar cane, manure, and other products.


Biomass has been used for thousands of years to produce heat energy. Think about it… what do we burn at a campfire to stay warm?

Can you think of a problem biomass might cause?