Energy that has beenused from ancient timesis known as conventionalenergy. Coal, naturalgas, oil, and firewoodare examples ofconventional energysources.
ABOUT CONVENTIONAL RESOURCESConventional energy sources include oil, gas and coal. The pace and scale of conventional energy development has increased dramatically in Canada over the past decade, particularly in Alberta due to the booming oil sands industry. Developing these resources responsibly requires that the negative environmental, social and economic impacts be minimized.
FEATURES OF CONVENTIONAL RESOURCESTraditional energy sources consist primarily of coal, natural gas and oil. They form from decaying plant and animal material over hundreds of thousands to millions of years. Most of these sources are burned to produce energy through power plants and automobiles.
EFFECTSBeing carbon-based, natural gas, oil and coal store carbon as potential energy and release it when burned. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions are a major culprit in climate change.
DISADVANTAGES According to the Energy Information Administration, burning coal produces sulfur, nitrogen oxide and mercury emissions. All of these are known to have disastrous environmental and health consequences.
BASIC DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONVENTIONAL AND NON CONVENTIONAL RESOURCESA conventional resource are the ones that are commonly used (like a pen or a pencil) a non conventional resources are ones that work but are not commonly used (like an ionic laser)
IMPORTANCE OF NON-CONVENTIONAL RESOURCES The non-conventional sources of energy such as energy from sun, wind, biomass, tidal energy, geothermal energy and even energy from waste material are gaining importance. This energy is abundant, renewable, pollution free and Eco-friendly. It can be more conveniently supplied to urban, rural and even remote areas.
Wind is another important source of non- conventional energy. The sun heats up the earth unevenly, winds are formed. The kinetic energy of winds can be used to run wind turbines to produce electricity.
HYDRO POWER Generation of electricity from hydro power sources is a low cost, environment friendly and renewable source of energy. So, it is our future resource which is very helpful for the upcoming generations….
SOLAR ENERGYSun is the source of all energy on the earth. It is the inexhaustible source of energy and zero emissions of greenhouse gas and air pollutants. Solar energy can be applied in many ways.
ENERGY FROM WASTESGeneration of waste is inevitable in many human activities. In nature, a balance is maintained as the waste generated by animals and human beings serve as nourishment for the plant life. This waste is processed and treated further to produce electricity.
GEOTHERMAL ENERGYIt is the energy obtained by tapping the heat of the earth itself, usually from kilometers deep into the earth’s crust. This energy is derived from the radioactive decay in the core of the earth, which heats the earth from the inside out.
ENERGY FROM BIO GAS Bio gas is based upon the use of dung to produce gas which is used as domestic fuel especially in rural areas. This technique is based on the decomposition of organic matter in the absence of air to yield gas consisting of methane (55%) and carbon dioxide (45%) which can be used as a source of energy.
It is the energy derived from the tides developed in the oceans and seas, which is used for generating power. This is also a very useful future resource which can fulfill our needs effectively