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Renewable Resource Definition

A renewable resource is energy from naturally replenishable sources. For example, sunlight is a renewable resource.

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Renewable vs. Nonrenewable Resources

Fun Facts

  • Renewable resources will last thousands, or maybe even millions, of years.
  • Some renewable resources depend on specific locations on Earth, like areas that receive relatively uninterrupted sunlight.
  • Ethanol, made from corn, is a renewable resource that can power cars.

Why Do We Need To Know About Renewable Resource

Learning about renewable resources helps us see how our everyday actions and industries are connected and why it’s important to use sustainable energy for our future. Take Brazil as an example, where they make fuel for cars from sugar beets. This shows how farming can help make transportation greener. Also, places that are very windy use windmills to make electricity, which shows that where you live can be great for making clean energy. This is important for jobs in things like designing green energy systems and planning how to protect the environment.

There are many different types of renewable resources, like wind, sunlight, plants, underground heat, and water power. This means there are lots of jobs, from setting up solar panels to running a water power plant. The move to electric cars, like those Tesla makes, and using algae to make diesel fuel are examples of how renewable resources are being used today. This helps us use less oil and gas and take better care of our planet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do different types of fuels create different types of energy?
All types of fuels can be burned for energy. Burning coal, oil and natural gas produces heat, which is then converted to other energy forms, like electricity.
Are energy sources unlimited?
Some energy sources are more limited than others. Coal, oil and natural gas are used a lot right now but they could run out in only a few generations. Renewable sources like wind, sunlight, biomass, geothermal, and water power can be easily renewed and are almost unlimited!
Why are renewable energy sources important for Earth’s future?
If we are still dependent on non-renewable energy sources when they run out, we will not have enough energy to meet our needs.
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