Energy ~ Renewable Energy
America is too dependent on fossil fuels, particularly those acquired from the Middle East. Fossil fuels include coal, oil, and natural gas, and they’re derived from the residue left behind by prehistoric organisms. Fossil fuel resources are finite; in other words, once they’re gone, they’re gone.
What Is Renewable Energy
Renewable energy sources, on the other hand, are types of energy that constantly replenish.
What Are Examples Of Renewable Energy
The most common types of renewable energy include:
•solar energy (produced by the sun and captured in solar panel systems)
•wind energy (produced by the wind and captured through wind turbines)
•geothermal heat (derived from heat in the earth’s core and captured through geothermal power pumps that drill holes into rocks to capture steam)
•rain or snow (which can flow into streams and be captured and turned into hydroelectric power).
Facts About Energy And Renewable Energy
Here are facts about energy and renewable energy:
•One of the focuses of President Barack Obama’s presidency has been to cultivate renewable energy sources and develop “clean energy.”
•It takes wind speeds averaging 14 miles per hour for a wind turbine to convert wind into electricity.
•The largest concentrated solar power plant in the world is in California, in the middle of the Mojave Desert.
•Hawaii is home to the biggest wind turbine in the world, a monstrosity that rises 200 feet above the ground and has 300 foot blades.
•More than 6 million homes in the U.S. are heated and/or cooled by geothermal energy (about half of them through service from a local power plant, with the other half using their own geothermal pumps).
•Converting manure into energy is known as biomass, and its popularity is growing. There are now 200 biopower plants in the U.S.