Natural Resources Canada

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from natural processes and can be constantly renewed. Taking a look at all the different types of renewable energy is important and what we will cover below. A few modern advances include solar harvesting paint and the ability to “print” solar material on adaptable surfaces with a large, high-velocity “ink-jet” printing machine.

Those living in different parts of Canada can decide to buy their energy from wind and solar facilities. Although such energy has been equally as expensive in the past as renewable energy is nowadays it is as equality expensive to buy as crude oil energy alternatives are. This tendency is expected to proceed as the cost of oil climbs up.

Biodiesel, for example, is on a par with the price of petrol-diesel in a lot of parts of the United States and Canada. The same is accurate of heating oil. Ethanol doesn’t utilize reprocessed products and can occasionally pass off yet more carbon than its petrol counterpart, although the cost for this is as well almost on an equality with oil, nowadays. As an effect, older diesel motor vehicles are at present being renovated and brought back onto the road with growing frequency.

Canada is near the top of the list in the use of hydroelectric power. Second only to China in power production, two-thirds of the electricity produced in Canada is derived from hydroelectric power. This statistic also places Canada in a relatively small group of countries which obtain the majority of their electricity using the power of water.

Lets take a look at some of the different forms of renewable energy and what uses it has, let not forget that renewable energy has a better effect on the environment.

Solar Electricity

When it comes to renewable energy, the most powerful and useful form is the sun. The sun is available from sunrise to sunset and produces an unimaginable amount of energy each and every day. What solar collectors do is to harness the energy from the sun in the form of radiation to be usable forms of energy such as heat and electricity, Solar cells in particular converts the sun’s energy into electricity. With technology being so advanced, solar cells are taken to a new level. There are recreational vehicles, cell phones, and cars.

Solar Heat

Solar heating systems rely on a source of bright light, a surface or liquid that can absorb light and a storage device for the resulting heat generated. A greenhouse is a good example of this effect. Solar heat is by far the cheapest and most practical form of renewable energy in the world. Known uses that are practical are ovens, cookers, water heaters, and home heating.

Wind Energy

Years ago many sailing ships were dependent on the energy of the wind which gets them across oceans. It was also used back then to work windmills when pumping water. Nowadays, wind power has started to be used as a clean source of electricity all around the world. Wind farms, nowadays are a great source of energy providing it for thousands of homes.

Water Power

Many years ago, you’d such things like water wheels that people used to provide power for grain mills and also lumber cutting. Hydroelectricity, which it is known as today, provides over 60% of the electricity in Canada and also 60% in the United States.