Understanding Renewable Energy Systems

Renewable energy systems are systems that generate electricity without using resources that can’t be replaced. For example, the sun and the wind are things that are ongoing and will never run out, so they are safe systems to use. Since the renewable energy systems don’t actually take anything from the sun or wind, but use what is already there, it isn’t a matter of consumption so much as it is a matter of using what already exists.

Renewable energy

Einstein

As Einstein described, there is a direct relation between mass, force, and energy. In his most famous formula, the speed of light is the force, but in reality, the force can be anything that works with mass to create energy. In short, this basically means that any time you combine mass and force, you have energy, which means that the potential to create renewable energy systems is limited only by the ways that mass or existing energy can be manipulated. Below is a brief description of how it works.

 

What is Energy?

One of the beauties of the universe is that energy is never lost. It changes form constantly, but is never lost. When parents ask when their children will ever run out of energy, the answer is “never” but how that energy is used can change frequently.

There are different types of energy. Solar energy for example, is the conversion of solar waves into useful electrical currents. It does not rely on force at all. On the other hand, energy has been generated from the constant motion of waves on the ocean.

Energy, or potential energy is all around you, in everything you see or touch. The issue at hand is converting it into usable units. The challenge then becomes creating methods of conversion and storage that are not wasting resources and which are safe as well as financially feasible.

 

The System

When considering renewable energy systems, you need to have a power source, a way of containing the power source, a way of converting the power source, and a way of storing it. But this system isn’t the only system to be concerned with. You also have to consider the legal system. Although it is in humanity’s best interest to create renewable energy systems, it isn’t always in the best interests of the law, government entities, or monopolies that control current energy systems.

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