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Generating Electricity for the Future.

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Paul White 9.1 Science Generating Electricity for the Future Electricity is a clean and reliable form of energy that is essential for many things that form our lives today. However, our most common form of creating electrical power, fossil fuels, will run out if we carry on using them the way we are now. For instance natural gas should run out in roughly 50 years and oil a lesser 25 years. About 2/3 of all the Electricity used in England and Wales comes from the burning of coal, gas or oil and just 2% of our electricity comes from natural power from the wind, water and sun. Now compare this to Germany's 10%, a statistic partly due to the country's increased awareness in care for the environment. ...read more.

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The answer is to cut back on using the amount of fossil fuels we do, and introduce more renewable and efficient methods of progress. Wind, wave, solar, hydroelectric and tidal are some of the main renewable energy resources. These methods have been practiced in relatively small doses but still supply England with 2% of its energy. Solar cells are expensive and even though the produced energy is very dilute, it can be the best solution to provide energy. Unfortunately, there are few areas suitable for this method and in England the sun doesn't always shine. Wind is a good, almost-free resource - for a farm that wants to pump water occasionally. However, the electricity can't be stored, and you can't command the wind to blow when you want it to. ...read more.

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and an electrolyte. The electrolyte functions as a partition between oxygen and hydrogen, preventing the two from direct contact. Instead, a controlled electrochemical reaction takes place and results in electric potential between the two electrodes just like that produced between the poles of a battery - and in just the same way as a battery, this can be converted directly to electrical energy. The only by-products of this are water and heat. This idea could well be the way forward in generating electricity for the future. Electricity is essential and important to each and every one of us. Nevertheless, The rate in which we are depleting fossil fuels is both unnecessary and foolish in respect of our future in power. I believe that the answer for generating electricity in the future lies in nuclear and fuel cell development, balanced out with renewable resources such as hydroelectric, wave and wind to be used where and when feasible. ...read more.

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