Alternative Energy by Neil Schlager, Jayne Weisblatt

By Neil Schlager, Jayne Weisblatt

This three-volume set introduces researchers to concerns surrounding either present power assets and substitute strength innovations. whereas there's major dialogue of the non-renewable assets now used to fulfill nearly all of the world's power wishes (oil, coal and common gas), the first concentration of the set is on more recent strategies to satisfy the ever-growing call for. those recommendations comprise wind and solar power, gasoline cells, hydropower, geothermal energy and biomass strength. furthermore, extra theoretical resources also are explored, together with chilly fusion, 0 aspect power and common forces. Entries speak about the technology in the back of the strength resource, amazing scientists and medical discoveries, present examples of use, and the problems, demanding situations and hindrances to large-scale use. prepared alphabetically by way of access identify.

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When the price of oil goes up, people who sell goods and services often must raise their prices because it costs more to make or deliver products. As developing nations increase their use of automobiles, electricity, and other goods and services, their demands for fossil fuels increase. For example, oil consumption in China grew rapidly in the early twenty-first century. By 2003 China was consuming the second largest amount of oil in the world, behind the United States. China does not have sufficient fuel reserves to supply its own needs, so it must buy petroleum from other countries.

14 voltage electrical equipment such as televisions. Fossil fuel pollution contributes nitrogen oxides and other organic gases that can react to create ozone. Ozone forms close to the ground on light sunny days, especially in cities. Sulfur dioxide is a by-product of burning fossil fuels. It is one of the key ingredients of acid rain. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers the reduction of sulfur dioxide emissions a crucial part of the effort to clean up the nation’s air.

These supplies will be gone long before the Earth has a chance to replace them. Even now, getting fossil fuels is a major drawback to using them. Countries that do not have reserves of oil and natural gas must depend on those countries that do. And using fossil fuels contributes to air and water pollution. ) Some experts believe the environmental problems are so serious that people need to find alternatives to fossil fuels even before all reserves are used up. Others believe that technological improvements will allow the use of fossil fuels for many years to come.

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