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What is renewable energy? Britain currently relies heavily on non-renewable energy. Fossil fuels are non-renewables, that is, they draw on finite resources that will eventually dwindle, becoming too expensive or too environmentally damaging to retrieve. Non-renewable sources of energy that Britain relies on, for electricity, is coal, gas, nuclear and oil.Non-renewable energy cannot be renewed but on the other hand, renewable energy is as its name states. It replenishes it’s self and will never run out. The UK government pledged a few years ago that 10% our energy will come from renewable energy sources by 2010 but it seems like this will not be realised. Solar EnergyThe sun is the main source of renewable energy whether it is directly or indirectly. Sunlight, or solar energy, can be used directly for heating and lighting homes and other buildings, for generating electricity, and for hot water heating, solar cooling, and a variety of commercial and industrial uses. WindWind is an indirect form of renewable energy driven by the sun. The energy of the wind is captured by wind turbines. Then, the winds and the sun’s heat cause water to evaporate. When this water vapor turns into rain or snow and flows downhill into rivers or streams, its energy can be captured using hydroelectric power. BiomassPlants grow due to the effects of sunlight combined with rain. Biomass is another form of renewable energy harvested from the organic matter of plants. Biomass can be used to produce electricity, transportation fuels, or chemicals. When biomass is used to produce electricity, transportation etc. it is called bioenergy. HydrogenHydrogen also can be found in many organic compounds, as well as water. On earth it is believed that hydrogen is the most abundant element on the Earth. But it doesn’t occur naturally as a gas. It’s always combined with other elements, such as with oxygen to make water. Once separated from another element, hydrogen can be burned as a fuel or converted into electricity. Geothermal energyGeothermal energy is one source of renewable energy that does not come from the sun. This source is tapped from the Earth’s internal heat for a variety of uses, including electric power production, and the heating and cooling of buildings. And the energy of the ocean’s tides comes from the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun upon the Earth. Ocean energyIn fact, ocean energy comes from a number of sources. In addition to tidal energy, there’s the energy of the ocean’s waves, which are driven by both the tides and the winds. The sun also warms the surface of the ocean more than the ocean depths, creating a temperature difference that can be used as an energy source. All these forms of ocean energy can be used to produce electricity. Renewable Energy is fascinating and necessary for our survival. Call NetPlumb today to discuss our renewable energy provisions.

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