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Benefits Of Fossil Fuels

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Our dependance on fossil fuels as a species is a big issue. Finding an alternative is needed. Understanding what a fossil fuels and the alternatives is the first step. Fossil fuels are created from organic material that was created millions of years ago. Petroleum, a fossil fuel gets its name from two words, "petra" meaning rock and "oleum" which means oil. Petroleum is drilled in order to search for oil. Also to determine the size of a reserve, as well as to produce oil and gas at a controlled rate.
There are different ways to recover petroleum. One of which is primary recovery. In this method, all flows are from natural pressure or simple pumping. The maximum recovery is thirty percent of the oil in the well. Secondary recovery pumps water
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The two main uses are for electric generation and water pumping. Wind has a lot of the drawbacks, the constraints are less geographic and much more meteorological. Which means the future of this type of energy source is dependant upon some of the most erratic forces on earth. Wind technology is not without its positives though. Conventional wind machines are getting much better in regards to noise and safety and the simple answer to the problem of densely settled areas is for architects and engineers to place the machines in the ocean, or have people get used to them in close proximity. Wind technology in rural areas does make practical sense. Home builders, farmers and small businesses can easily set up a small wind generator without much opposition compared to highly dense areas. Wind energy is cheap and clean. In northern Europe it is common for small communities to invest in their own wind…show more content…
Solar panels are often placed on the roof, but can just as easily be placed on a framework placed on the ground. To maximize solar gains, houses need face south, with wind concentrated on the south-facing side. Stone, concrete and brick, which absorb energy during the day and release it slowly at night, should be used. Also, adding a south facing sunspace can increase solar gains in homes. Solar panels use oil or water as conductors to trap and store solar energy. Today’s solar collectors can convert about 10-20% of the sun’s energy to useable heat. A correctly sized unit can provide around half of a home’s hot water needs over a year. There are already advanced solar cells in existence that achieve 40% efficiency in space. In fact, efficiencies for photovoltaic energy collection could go above 50%. Which means that with sufficient development and deployment, we could generate enough emissionless power to feed the entire nation with no need for any kind of additional generator
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