ACTIVITY 7-A: RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE INVESTIGATION

ACTIVITY 7-A: RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE INVESTIGATION
Individual Assignment: 5 Points Name
In the “Energy Literacy – Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education” paper and in the movie “Switch – discover the future of energy”, there were several sources of renewable energy identified. Select one of the renewable energy sources from the list below and complete an investigation to answer the questions listed at the end of this section.
• • Maximum points are awarded for thorough and thoughtful answers.
• • List any sources used in your investigation.
• • Do not copy and paste material into your paper! This is plagiarism, which is a form of academic dishonesty. Use your own words.
• • Responses MUST be submitted via Blackboard using Safe Assign.
You may find the following source useful in your investigation:
http://www.switchenergyproject.com/topics
Renewable Energy Sources for Further Investigation:
1. Solar (there are several options with solar – describe which one you investigating)
2. Geothermal
3. Biomass waste
Questions:
1. Define what makes a source of energy renewable.
2. How available is this alternative energy source from both a local and global perspective?
3. Is it affordable? Include a discussion of infrastructure required to make it mainstream.
4. Is it reliable? Could it be used as a base-load source? Why or why not?
5. Is it considered clean? Include a comparison of emissions levels generated by coal or
natural gas power plants.
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