Renewable and Alternative Energy Sources
It is important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and alternative energy. For example, solar energy can be used for hot water and generating electricity, but a disadvantage of solar energy is that if it were winter and it was cloudy in an area that relies on solar energy, there would not be any heat or electricity in homes.
Another problem to alternative energy would be the cost. The cost may outweigh the amount of energy that is generated. That would be unlikely in an area that would be ideal for a specific source, such as windmills in a very windy place like the mountains.
Oil and other nonrenewable resources won’t last forever so there will need to be another way for energy. Renewable sources are the solution. Oil prices keep going up so there would be an even more reason for the use of alternative energy.
There are some dangerous sources such geothermal energy. It could be dangerous because of volcanic activity and because of dangerous elements. There is an advantage such as a possible infinite supply. It could be very helpful to New Zealand and Iceland. The energy comes from sources such as cold water and volcanic magma to produce steam for heating power turbines.
A rather safe source would be biomass. Biomass comes from decayed organisms and organic. It’s important to consider its advantages such as being a cheap and a long-term sustainable source. It is also important to consider the disadvantages which are pollution is caused and crops have to be replanted. An example of biomass would be the common material, wood.
Explore the rest of our page to learn about the history of renewable and alternative energy, interviews that we have done with professionals who are working in the fields of renewable energy, different careers and what they do, different alternative energy technologies, the impacts of different alternative sources, and the sites that we have used information from.