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What is the difference between a renewable energy source and a nonrenewable energy source? Give specific e?

Posted by admin on May 22, 2012 in Renewable Energy with 6 Comments


What is the difference between a renewable energy source and a nonrenewable energy source? Give me some specific examples.

A renewable energy source is one that naturally replenishes itself as it is consumed. Solar energy, for example, will continue to make its way to us for as long as the sun continues to burn, whether we harness it or not. The same could be said about wind, hydro, biomass, etc. (though these are really just indirect forms of solar energy – without the sun, there would be no wind, the water cycle would not function, and plant life would not grow). The only other Renewable Energy input that the earth sees as a whole is geothermal – heat energy from its own core (though this will also eventually run out).

Another possible example of a renewable energy source could be landfill gas, though this is debatable. As long as humans continue to create a huge amount of organic waste, I guess, then we should be able to continue capturing methane from it.

A non-renewable source, on the other hand, will not be replenished once it is used. Fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal), for example, are considered non-renewable, because they took millions of years to form. Once a barrel of oil is brought up from the earth and burned, it will not be replenished for a long, long time.

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  1. CoryMay 23, 2012 - 4:36 am #1

    one can be used over and over again.

    one can only be used once like gasoline.
    References :

  2. Mach768May 23, 2012 - 4:57 am #2

    Let’s see…
    Renewable energy source:Water, wind, sunlight, geothermal sources
    Non-renewable energy sources- Coal, oil, natural gas
    References :
    http://www.nationalatlas.gov/articles/people/a_energy.html

  3. JoeyMay 23, 2012 - 5:33 am #3

    A renewable energy source could be trees or somthing that can easily be regrown and nonrenewable would be fossil fuels because they take millions of years to form therefor they wont be renewd in your lifetime so non-renewable
    References :

  4. Elizabeth ConnerMay 23, 2012 - 6:01 am #4

    well they are very different. One you can use over and over and over. But the nonrenewable source you could never use again For example:

    Water bottles is a renewable source. But people choose not to use it again.
    Oil- nonrenewable

    Hoped I helped!!
    References :

  5. Zoe SMay 23, 2012 - 6:48 am #5

    Sources like solar-power, wind-power, and water-power are considered renewable resources because they do not have a particularly limited amount.

    Things like coal and natural gas are nonrenewable resources because once it’s gone, it’s gone. Coal and natural gas are also not-so-good for the environment either (they cause a lot of pollution). Wind- and solar-power are much better for the environment because there is nothing to burn or heat.
    References :
    High-school Science class

  6. Mandrew ManlypantsMay 23, 2012 - 7:02 am #6

    A renewable energy source is one that naturally replenishes itself as it is consumed. Solar energy, for example, will continue to make its way to us for as long as the sun continues to burn, whether we harness it or not. The same could be said about wind, hydro, biomass, etc. (though these are really just indirect forms of solar energy – without the sun, there would be no wind, the water cycle would not function, and plant life would not grow). The only other renewable energy input that the earth sees as a whole is geothermal – heat energy from its own core (though this will also eventually run out).

    Another possible example of a renewable energy source could be landfill gas, though this is debatable. As long as humans continue to create a huge amount of organic waste, I guess, then we should be able to continue capturing methane from it.

    A non-renewable source, on the other hand, will not be replenished once it is used. Fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal), for example, are considered non-renewable, because they took millions of years to form. Once a barrel of oil is brought up from the earth and burned, it will not be replenished for a long, long time.
    References :

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