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Jump to navigation. Renewable power is booming , as innovation brings down costs and starts to deliver on the promise of a clean energy future. American solar and wind generation are breaking records and being integrated into the national electricity grid without compromising reliability. Biomass and large hydroelectric dams create difficult tradeoffs when considering the impact on wildlife, climate change, and other issues.
Chapter 13 ~ Non-Renewable Resources
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Humans constantly draw on the reserves of these substances while the formation of new supplies takes eons. Renewable resources are the opposite: Their supply replenishes naturally or can be sustained.
The sunlight used in solar power and the wind used to power wind turbines replenish themselves. Timber reserves can be sustained through replanting. Nonrenewable resources come from the Earth.
Humans extract them in gas, liquid, or solid form and then convert them for their use, mainly related to energy. The reserves of these substances took billions of years to form, and it will take billions of years to replace the supplies used. In economic terms, nonrenewables are resources of economic value that cannot be readily replaced at the speed with which they are being consumed.
Examples of nonrenewable resources include crude oil, natural gas, coal, and uranium. These are all resources that are processed into products that can be used commercially. For example, the fossil fuel industry extracts crude oil from the ground and converts it to gasoline. Fossil fuel liquids also are refined into petrochemical products that are used as ingredients in the manufacture of literally hundreds of products from plastics and polyurethane to solvents.
Fossil fuels are all nonrenewable. But not all nonrenewables are fossil fuels. Crude oil, natural gas, and coal are all considered fossil fuels, but uranium is not. Rather, it is a heavy metal that is extracted as a solid and then converted by nuclear power plants into a fuel source. In the language of economics, nonrenewables are resources that cannot be replaced at the speed with which they are being consumed.
All of these nonrenewable resources have proved historically to be valuable energy sources that are inexpensive to extract. Storage, conversion, and shipping are easy and cheap. Fuels created from nonrenewable resources are still the primary source of all the power generated in the world due to their affordability and high energy content.
Most nonrenewable resources are formed from organic carbon material which is heated and compressed over time, changing their form into crude oil or natural gas. The term nonrenewable resource also refers to minerals and metals from the earth, such as gold, silver, and iron. These are similarly formed by a long-term geological process.
They are often costly to mine, as they are usually deep within the Earth's crust. But they are much more abundant than fossil fuels. Some types of groundwater are considered nonrenewable resources if the aquifer is unable to be replenished at the same rate at which it's drained. Following the basic rule of supply and demand, the cost to obtain nonrenewable resources will continue to rise as they become scarcer.
Supply for many of these fuels is in danger of running out completely. Eventually, their prices will hit a point that end users cannot afford, forcing a move toward alternative energy sources. Meanwhile, concern over the impact of fossil fuel use on the environment and its contribution to global warming is growing.
The first international agreement on fighting climate change was the Kyoto Protocol , adopted in One caveat is that the alternatives require ample lead time to be put into place. That process has begun slowly. Wind power generated about 6. About 1. Renewable Energy. Your Privacy Rights. To change or withdraw your consent choices for Investopedia. At any time, you can update your settings through the "EU Privacy" link at the bottom of any page.
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Most fossil fuels, minerals, and metal ores are nonrenewable resources. Renewable resources such as solar and wind power and water are unlimited in supply. Compare Accounts. The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Investopedia receives compensation. Energy Sector Definition The energy sector is a category of stocks that relate to producing or supplying energy, i. Hydrocarbon Definition A hydrocarbon is an organic chemical compound composed exclusively of hydrogen and carbon atoms.
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Non-Renewable Energy Types
As we noted in Chapter 12, the reserves of non-renewable resources are inexorably diminished as they are extracted from the environment and used in the human economy. This is because non-renewable resources are finite in quantity and their stocks do not regenerate after they are mined. Note that the word reserve has a specific meaning here — it is used to denote a known amount of material that can be economically recovered from the environment that is, while making a profit.
Non-Renewable energy is the energy which is taken from the sources that are available on the earth in limited quantity and will vanish fifty-sixty years from now.
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Before we get started on renewable energies let's take a look at non-renewable energy. These are resources found under the ground: coal, oil and gas. Trees breathe in carbon dioxide and store the carbon in their trunks. Millions of years ago many trees sank into the swampy ground where they had been growing and disappeared, taking the carbon they had absorbed with them. The same thing happened with oil and gas except these were originally tiny sea creatures which stored the carbon in their bodies and shells and took it with them when they died and their bodies got buried. Without fossil fuels, many countries would not have been able to develop and industrialise to give us the lifestyles which we enjoy today.
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