Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy Sources The Pros and cons

Some of the Energy sources on our planet

Nuclear Power Stations

This is a Nuclear Power Plant.

Nuclear power stations are used to create electricity for masses of people. They use the same methods of creating electricity as fossil fuel power stations. They do this by getting the fuel (Nuclear power stations use Uranium) and the fuel then produces heat to boil the water just above to create steam. This steam then turns a turbine further up the chimney. The turbine then proceeds to drive a generator which then produces the electricity.

The good thing about nuclear power plants is that they can produce masses upon masses of electricity needed to power our homes. The bad part of nuclear power stations is that they create hazardous waste which is difficult and expensive to dispose of. They are also extremely expensive to build and take a very long time to create. They are a type of non-renewable energy source.

Wind turbines

Wind turbines are a renewable energy source as they use the wind to create power. They can be very efficient at their jobs some days but others not so much. This is because they rely on the wind. If it's a really windy day they can create a lot of electricity. On the other hand, if it's a completely still and calm day they will produce little to nothing.

Wind turbines are placed in the windiest places so they produce the maximum amount of energy each day. most are put in the ocean bay or just by a very high hill so the wind turbine is the first thing the wind comes into contact with. This also increases the amount of energy they create as if the wind goes through a forest it might slow down meaning the turbine won't turn as quick.

Solar Energy

Solar panels are used to create electricity from the suns rays of light. They are a renewable energy resource and can be implemented almost anywhere. This is why they are one of the most sought after renewable energy creators. You can own your own solar panels on the roof of your house to create your own electricity, but some people make solar panel farms to get the most out of them.

One problem with solar panels is that they can only produce electricity when there is light around. This means they do not work in the night or when it's an extremely cloudy day. This means you have to make sure if you are buying solar panels that they will actually perform to their best. Otherwise they are one of the greatest renewable sources on the planet.

Biomass energy

Biomass energy is the energy created when you specifically grow plants and trees for the use of energy. This means they are not grown for food purposes but to be burnt or turned into another type of biomass. This could be thermal, chemical or bio-chemical. This type of energy is perfect as some of the plants we grow go to waste as they either don't fully develop (grow), dry up due to the heat, or some parts are inedible.

Some of the biggest biomass energy sources are:

  • Wood
  • Sugarcane
  • Bamboo
  • Willow
  • Corn

Conclusion

The world has become a place where we rely on machines to do nearly everything for us. This means we must produce electricity to do so, but we as the human race like to use non-renewable energy sources as they work almost instantly but they create a carbon footprint we may never be able to remove. It's about time where we should move all energy production to renewable so we can make sure our planet survives and will not be destroyed by our own mistakes. Let's make Earth the best place for living once again.

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