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Renewable Energy

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jake kincheloe

on 22 October 2012

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Renewable Energy Solar Energy 64,990,123 pounds of carbon is saved a year if only Suwanee has solar. Hydroelectric Hydroelectric Energy is a way to get energy from the earths gravity. As gravity pulls down on the water, the land acts as a wedge and creates a forward force. This force can be tiny or massive. this form of energy production requires a river or stream in the area to produce the energy. As the water flows, like wind energy, it spins a turbine forming electricity. Electromechanical has been used for centuries and is the bases of hydroelectric energy Geothermal Pros Cons Solar *Sunlight is free and plentiful
*Solar energy is quiet compared to other forms of renewable
energy such as gasoline engines
*Solar energy is not a central source of
energy (not a target for terrorist attacks)
*local and can be put almost anywhere
with some sunlight *Sunlight is only present during
daylight hours* Expensive but, pays of in the long run*Can look unattractive to the eyes
so companies may look at other
alternatives..*not very strong source of energy
compared to nuclear and other
sources of energy PROS CONS PROS CONS Nuclear *Nuclear energy lowers the amout of greenhouse
gas released into the atmosphere in power generation.*Lower operation costs in the long run (relatively).*Is a known, developed technology that is “ready” for
market use .*Large power-generating capacity able to meet
industrial and city needs (as opposed to low-power technologies like solar cannot generate energy for big manufacturing).*Existing and future nuclear waste can be reduced
through a process of waste recycling and/or reprocessing, similar to ones in use in Japan and in Europe
(at added cost). *Very high construction costs because of
complex radiation containment systems and
procedures.*High subsidies needed for construction and
operation, as well as loan guarantees.*Uses up investment could be spent on other
solutions (such as renewable energy systems).*High-known risks in an accident (Chernobyl) .*Unknown risks, we do not know all the facts on the
effects nuclear energy may have on people an the environment over time*Nucular Plants have very long construction time.*Target for terrorism because they are explosive
(as are all centralized power generation sources). Wind *Wind energy well never run out as long as the sun is shining *Prices are dropping on wind turbines
*Has been proven for centuries
Has a height energy potential *Less effective than solar energy
*Unpredictable because of wind shifts
in some areas
*Extremely noise in the area of the
*Can be seen as unattractive Nuclear Wind PROS Cons Hydroelectric *Free, no oil or gas companies
*Has been relayed on for years from
the Buford Dam.
*Water flow is pretty consistent
with its flow of energy
*Pretty effective *Centralized (target for attack)
*Only certain areas can have dams
*Creates a large Reservoir
*Large stature
*Dependent on water flow (Watch
for Drought )
*Expensive and takes up land PROS CONS *Good amount of energy coming in*The only waste is water*It is new and coming up in renewable
energy *Been in use for years in the Midwest
and western coast of the united states *Expensive and complicated* Only the Midwest has potential
to give off good amounts of energy*Large Buildings*Ues up water, a medium for
the energy to move Wind PROS CONS Biomass Biomass Biomass is the energy from organic matter. Biomass energy from organic matter. wood is the most prominant source of bioenergy but now there are many other sources that we can use. some examples include plants, agriculture residue, and the organic component of industrial watse. Solar's Costs and Gains we can make 2264.1 kw out of our 360562 kw we use every month

we will need 22684.10 sq Feet to obtain this energy

will cost around 136.1 million to get started (94,773,237.43 incentive cost)

Government incentives are a 30-35% tax credit

we can save about 239,921.87 dollars a month if we make the switch

Over 25 years we will save over $119,901,000

we will break even in 21.42 years if everything goes right Mission Statement Since Earth and Suwanee have become much more dependent on fossil fuels, we have devised a plan that’s purpose is to obtain a more practical energy source by the use of solar power. Vision Statement The goal of utilizing the energy from the sun is to make Suwanee become at least 75% dependent on solar energy. Summary The best course of action for Suwanee would be to install photovoltaic (PV) panels along commercial buildings such as Wal-Mart and Kroger. These buildings will produce about 75% percent of Suwanee’s overall energy. It will cost about 136.1 million dollars to get all of the solar panels. However in about 21.5 years we will have paid off the debt. Lastly, the benefits will only increase as time goes on. That is why we feel that a solar power source can work efficiently here in Suwanee. *Plentiful
*Lower carbon release than fossil fuels
*Gets rid of Biomass waste
*Overall a good backup fix *Releases carbon dioxide
*Hard to move
*Dose not burn cleanly
*Can lead to over use and become a non renewable resource Geothermal = solar panel placement Wind is caused by the uneven heating of the earth's atmosphere by the Sun, therefore it is a form of solar energy. when we harvest the wind flow (kinetic energy) by wind turbines, we get power. this energy can be used to form electricity. the best examble of wind energy are wind farms. A Wind Farm is where 20 or more wind turbines are set up The sun has potential as a effective way to capture energy. Most renewable energy's energy originally came from gravity, the sun, or somewhere along those lines. Solar energy is captured directly from the sun with no time for energy to be lost as heat.Also this direct flow from the sun solar energy allows no environments to be harmed along the way. the only downside is, it costs a pretty penny. Geothermal energy is formed based of two facts: water rises when it gets hot (vapor) and the earth's core is hot. The idea was to make the earth, anyway releasing this energy, work to make energy. there are problems because, it uses too much water and it only woks well in a hotspot like the Midwest. It right now is used in the West Coast to the Midwest in the US Nucular is a renewable form of energy from radioactive materials like Uranium. the Atoms of these materials are shooting off particles or getting bigger. Either way the concept of the fusion or fission of the atom, gives of heat so making this a controlled reaction, we can heat up water and turn that into energy.
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