Essay about The Renewable Energy Laboratory ( Nrel )

1813 Words Oct 9th, 2015 8 Pages
Al Gore stated, “Once the renewable infrastructure is built, the fuel is free forever. Unlike carbon-based fuels, the wind and the sun and the earth itself provide fuel that is free, in amounts that are effectively limitless .” The production of electricity is necessary for human life to sustain lifestyles and their needs. Fossil fuels are nonrenewable remains of ancient plants and animals that fossilize, and then they transform into a combustible material (McLamb). This means that once fossil fuels are consumed, they can not be recovered. Presently, most of our electricity is produced mostly by the means of fossil fuels. Every year, the world consumes four hundred quadrillion British Thermal Units a year (McLamb). Of this yearly consumption, fossil fuels, mainly oil, gas, and coal, yield eighty-eight percent of this electrical usage (McLamb). “In 2012 National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that together, renewable energy sources have the potential to supply 482,247 billion kilowatt/hours of electricity annually,” and this is 118 times the current consumption of the current annual energy usage (McCarthy). Alternative energy is the production of energy through alternative sources opposed to fossil fuels. These other sources of energies are the sun, plant matter, wind, water, and the Earth itself. The production of energy through alternative means has a very abundant quantity, they help the economy, and they pollute less than fossil fuel.

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