Solar Energy Vs Wind Energy Essay

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Solar and Wind Energy
What does the term “renewable” mean?

"Capable of being replaced by natural ecological cycles or sound management practices"(Renewable., n.d.). Renewable means an energy source that cannot be depleted. Examples of renewable energy sources are solar, wind, and geothermal energy sources.

Which two renewable energy forms did you choose?

The two energy sources I choose were Solar and Wind. Solar energy is gathered by harnessing the suns rays via PV panels. "Solar photovoltaic (PV) is the main solution used today, involving the use of PV panels that generate electricity when exposed to the sun"(Ahmed, R. A., 2009). These panels trap the suns rays and convert them to energy that can be used instead of the traditional fossil fuels. Wind energy is collected using wind turbines that "collect and convert the kinetic energy that wind produces into electricity to help power the grid."(Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy., n.d.). Wind energy is actually a byproduct of the sun, technically making both of the options I choose solar energy. Here is a picture of a wind turbine.

(Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy., n.d.)

For each, describe two benefits.

Solar Energy Benefits,

The sun already produces enough energy to sustain mankind for
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While I am delighted at the prospect of all our energy being renewable by 2050, I am skeptical. Does this mean the entire world or just 1st world countries? How will we accomplish this without hurting our economy? What if some nations do not wish to change? Does this include motor vehicles? If we are able to completely switch to renewable energy by 2050 without hurting anyone or anything, sign me up. If we end up wreaking havoc on economies and nations trying to do so, count me out.

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