Most commonly, the energy we use is finite, which means it can and will run out. What do we mean by renewable energy? It’s simply an energy source that is sustainable; won’t run out. It is also known as ‘alternative energy, which is just another word for the same thing. The point is what everything runs on, from your lights and chargers at home to what can power cars, factories and society. These are things like coal, oil and gas, which many households still use.

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What is renewable energy?

Most commonly, the energy we use is finite, which means it can and will run out. What do we mean by renewable energy? It’s simply an energy source that is sustainable; won’t run out. It is also known as ‘alternative energy, which is just another word for the same thing. The point is what everything runs on, from your lights and chargers at home to what can power cars, factories and society. These are things like coal, oil and gas, which many households still use.

There are six different types of renewable energy these are; 

Solar Energy refers to the power given to us by the sun, which can be an endless source. However, the amount of energy conducted varies because of time and location, whether the sun is hitting the right places.

Wind Energy which is using our natural resources, the wind. It is possible to achieve this type of energy by using wind turbines and wind farms to harness the energy and feed it through generators before sending it to the primary grid. That is a fantastic way to get power. However, not everywhere is environmentally equipt to build the necessary turbines and farms. 

Hydro Energy refers to Hydro (Water) being used to give us energy! How does this work? It works by controlling a large amount of water flow from things like damns and reservoirs to control the water through turbines which generate electricity. This energy can be kept for long periods and is much more practical than wind or solar. However, this works better when you’re near a reservoir and can be costly upfront.

Tidal Energy, quite like Hydro Energy, uses water but relies on the tide. Although water is not finite, the issue is that the waves are not always a constant and reliable source. 

Biomass Energy. That is an excellent way of getting energy from our natural resources by converting plants, waste, and organic matter to create Biomass, which produces electricity. It has evolved from burning materials.

And Geothermal Energy uses natural heat that the Earth has inside of it. That can be easier in some places than others, as the world harnesses its heat differently in other countries. 

What are the other advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy?

There are no limited resources in these plans. For advantages, we are looking at a never-ending cycle of energy! This also leads to a cleaner environment; the air and the water won’t get exposed to toxic waste, and the earth will be safer for us all. There’s also the added benefit of these energy-harnessing technologies not needing as much human maintenance, so they can be left to work on their own! It completely cuts down on the amount of waste we are putting into our world, and it will be so much cheaper than gas and electricity!

What are they? To start it up can be expensive and have storage issues. These energies cannot always be stored for an extended period. 

So what do we need to know about renewable energy sources? 

Global population growth means the demand for energy to power our homes, businesses, and communities is increasing. Climate change threatens our planet’s climate unless we develop and expand renewable energy sources. By changing our energy to renewable sources, we are helping the environment and the planet’s overall health for ourselves, animals, and future generations. 

According to the International Energy Agency, renewable energy will rise from 26% of the world’s electricity to 30% by 2024. 

The future of the world’s energy will continue to increase over the coming years, directly and significantly positively affecting the world, both environmentally and financially.

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