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Renewable Energy 101 for Dummies

by Nuaym Abedin


Renewable Energy 101
for Dummies
By Nuaym Abedin
What on earth is renewable energy?!
Renewable energy is energy that does not run out.
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There are several forms of renewable energy. Solar energy, wind energy, hydroelectric energy, geothermal energy, and biomass energy are all types of renewable energy.
A hydroelectric dam
To be precise...
Solar energy is energy from the sun.
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Wind energy is energy from wind.
Hydroelectric energy is energy from moving water.
Geothermal energy is energy from heat within the earth.
Biomass energy is energy from the burning of natural chemicals from plants or animals.
Note: not all renewable energy is non-polluting energy; biomass is a case in point. But most are.
A geothermal power plant
How is this connected to Islam?!
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Allah has made us successors on Earth, as he said in Surah Baqarah, "...when your Lord said to the angels, 'Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority....'" so we must take care of it as we would take care of other things. one way to take care of it is to use renewable energy.
Surah Baqarah, Ayah 30
Did you know that...
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if all the energy we used was renewable, we'd never run out! How cool is that?!
90% of the world doesn't use renewable energy!😭😭😭😭 Sounds like we'll run out soon!🤯🤯🤯🤯
You can use renewable energy yourself! Just get solar panels installed on your roof, or buy electricity from other renewable sources.
Solar panels on a roof
Solar Energy: A closer look
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in the solar panel, there are special cells called photovoltaic, or PV, cells. in response to light, they release electrical charges that move through an internal electric field, causing a flowing electric current. Wherever there is light, the solar panel can generate electricity. The amount depends on the intensity of the light and the number of cells.
wind energy: a closer look
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wind energy is very simple. the wind pushes the turbine blades, making them spin. the blades are connected to a generator, which transforms a turning motion, which is kinetic energy, into electricity using magnets. it's basically the opposite of how an electric motor transforms an electric current into kinetic energy.