Types of Renewable Energy

Posted by on Sunday, September 25, 2016

As climate chance continues to be a pressing issue, there are several types of renewable energy that are both clean and efficient.

Solar Energy: Solar energy is radiant light and heat from the Sun that is harnessed using a range of ever-evolving technologies such as solar heating, photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, solar architecture and artificial photosynthesis.

Wind Energy: Wind power is the use of air flow through wind turbines to mechanically power generators for electricity. Wind power, as an alternative to burning fossil fuels, is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, clean, produces no greenhouse gas emissions during operation, consumes no water, and uses little land.

Geothermal Energy: Geothermal energy is the heat from the Earth. It's clean and sustainable. Resources of geothermal energy range from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath the Earth's surface, and down even deeper to the extremely high temperatures of molten rock called magma.

Bioenergy: Bioenergy is renewable energy made available from materials derived from biological sources. 

Hydropower: The most common type of hydroelectric power plant uses a dam on a river to store water in a reservoir. Water released from the reservoir flows through a turbine, spinning it, which in turn activates a generator to produce electricity.

Ocean Energy: Ocean energy is a term used to describe all forms of renewable energy derived from the sea. There are two broad types of ocean energy: mechanical energy from the tides and waves, and thermal energy from the sun's heat.

Hydrogen & Fuel Cells: A fuel cell is a device that converts chemical potential energy (energy stored in molecular bonds) into electrical energy.



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