Fossil fuels such as coal and oil are non-renewable. They took a very long time to form and we are using them up faster than they can be replaced, so scientists are exploring the potential of renewable sources of energy. Renewable energy sources quickly replenish themselves and can be used again and again. For this reason, they are sometimes called infinite energy resources.
There are lots of different renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and tidal. Although they are less damaging to the environment than fossil fuels, none of them are perfect. It often costs a lot of money to implement the infrastructure to support the new technology needed to harness the power of the renewable energy sources but once in place they offer the potential of infinite energy supply. As long as the sun is in the sky, we can use solar energy and convert it into electricity. The wind isn’t likely to run out either so wind farms which turn the energy of the wind into electricity are more sustainable than using limited fossil fuels.
Why don’t you see if you can think of some other renewable energy sources. Remember, renewable energy sources are things that occur naturally that won’t run out that can be harnessed to produce energy.
Try it out!
Can you think of some ways that solar energy or wind farms could be used where you live. Maybe the power of the sun could be used to heat water or power a computer. Perhaps there is more wind where you live than sunshine!! If that is the case, think about where it would be best to situate a wind turbine to make the best use of this free natural resource. Try drawing out a picture of where it could live and how it would be used!
What kind of renewable energy would benefit your community? Share your drawing with iamtheCODE by taking a picture and sharing on social media by tagging us.