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Energy Provision In the U.K.

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The energy provision in the U.K lies in renewable energy Today �'s most commonly used fuels for creating electrical power, fossil fuels, are more than likely to run out if we carry on using them up at the rate we do today. About 2/3 of all the Electricity used in England and Wales comes from the burning of coal, gas or oil- the Fossil fuels and just 2% of our electricity comes from natural power from the wind, water and sun. Therefore, alternatives must be brought into use. The problem is, finding a cost effective and sufficient energy generation method. I have researched a few types of alternative methods of energy generation, taking into consideration both the advantages and disadvantages of each, and then drawing my own conclusion from my collected research. Hydroelectric energy generation: The Severn Barrage The Severn Barrage is a proposed plan to built a bridge across the river Severn which contains a Hydroelectric PowerStation, which doubles as a road bridge which is built on top. Its purpose is to use the tide in the Severn estuary to help generate electricity. ...read more.

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The wind pushes around the huge blades of the tall Windmills that drive the turbines. However, wind is needed to keep these Windmills generating. It could supply around 10% of Britain's � electricity, and is cheap to install and run. It also is safe for the environment. There are downsides though, there is no means of storing the energy created by the wind, so it has to be used straight away to avoid wasting it. A change in the wind speed could also prove a problem to the productivity and supply, and many believe that the Windfarms are eyesores and have a strong visual impact in the area they are situated, which also needs to be large to accommodate the windmills. Obtaining energy from landfill gas: Biofuels Landfill gas is a mixture of Carbon Dioxide and Methane, which is collected in pipes under the ground of the tip and fed into an engine (one of 5) where it is burnt to create 4.5 Megawatts of energy. Its spare energy is sent to the fish farm nearby to heat the fish tanks in the example we were shown. ...read more.

Conclusion

My opinion... In my opinion, the most promising alternative method of energy generation for the future is a combination of all methods. I think that on a wide-scale Nuclear power would be very appropriate for everyday generation, and Hydroelectric power is not harmful to the environment as such levels as fossil fuels, so a combination of all of these methods would be beneficial to the environment and at producing energy. In the meantime though, fossil fuels should be used more wisely, and in smaller quantities, or even replaced in some circumstances, where possible, as not only is it running out, but it is having a terrible effect on the environment. It is causing global warming, the heating up of the earth's atmosphere, and already due to excessive pollution, a hole has developed in the ozone layer surrounding the earth. If we integrated different types of energy generation into our system, and then perhaps we could slow down any more damage to the earth's atmosphere and prolong the use of fossil fuels. With so many opportunities for better energy generation systems, I feel it is pointless still relying upon the diminishing supplies of fossil fuels for our primary supply of energy rather than using a range of methods which would overall be beneficial to the environment and inhabitants of Earth. �= available energy ...read more.

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