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Your Questions About Renewable Energy Content

James asks…

What is the difference between oil and fuel (ethanol)?

I’m writing a research paper on how Brazil is resourcefully using sugar cane to create biofueled ethanol. My question is: Is ethanol the same thing as like gasoline and oil? Because I’m supposed to write on the problems associated with it. And I’m not sure if mentioning the United States’ over dependency on gas would make sense when suggesting that we come up with more efficient ways to produce energy

So what’s the difference?

admin answers:

There are many different ways these may be compared and contrasted.

You referred specifically to the US dependency on gasoline. This dependency is important because gasoline is refined from crude oil. Crude oil is both a finite mineral produced from ground supplies and it is a mostly foreign resource. Because it is a limited resource demand that is larger than the available supply will likely continue until the supply is exhausted. Because it is a foreign resource the resulting in-balance creats huge US trade deficits.

Ethanol is a renewable product but is more efficiently produced from plants with a higher sugar content like sugarcane. Sugarcane is more easily produced outside of the continental US.

There are many other issues but you seemed to be focusing on these.

Betty asks…

What are some positive aspects of solar energy?

I need to know some postive aspects of solar energy for my Alternative energy project plz help i looked around on the internet for some couldnt find any plz help 😉 Best Answer Gets 10

admin answers:

I was in Zambia this summer, and I noticed that many of the people were using solar power. I thought it was interesting.

Well, from what I know…

Solar power is renewable
Solar power is capable of being stored
Solar power can be accessed just about anywhere with sunlight
Solar power is pretty cheap in comparison to other fuels

There is a large tower, if I am not mistaken, in Australia that is covered in glass. Scientists are hoping that the power recieved from the sun onto this tower might be able to power a couple cities. Some other countries are trying it out as well.
I think this is the main website:
This page also has more information on solar power:

I personly find solar power interesting due to its cheap price and efficincy. There is one drawback; solar power does not work at night unless it gets stored and used from storage. In Zambia, we had a blackout service due to there not being enough power (which explains why they did not use it much during the day: they saved it for night).

Hoped this helped! God be with you on your project!

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Your Questions About Sustainable Energy For All

Helen asks…

I need help in figuring out a good degree program that is Eco friendly.?

I know what kind of career I want but I don’t know where to find it, what to major in, etc. I know I want to at least have my masters if not go even further with my education. I would love a career that will positively impact the world, environment, people, animals, etc. I was think something in sustainable energy design or urban planning. Really anything in that general area would be helpful, then maybe I can figure it out from there. Oh, also I nice salary would be nice 🙂

Thank you!

admin answers:

Consider James Madison University’s degree in Integrated Science & Technology.

Sharon asks…

Are there any good jobs in the “Energy” field?

I’m starting to study “Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Energy Management”

I’ve already done a year in Environmental Science but left it early. So I will be using those units as credit for my new degree as electives.

But considering the degree is majored in ‘energy‘ will I be able to get jobs as, say, an Environmental Scientist… Or in research? .. I’m just not quite sure if this degree will limit me only to Energy or not.

Because I will have a lot of environmental and biology electives!

What are your thoughts?

admin answers:

What is Sustainable Energy Management? Last year a did three wind farms. Today I started on a scada project for a hydro. If I don’t know what your major is, no one else will.

There are a lot of environmental jobs in the industry. Every power plant has EPA reports to file for particulates, tons of CO2. I built a substation and had to file an environmental impact statement. I had to hire a bug hunter to make sure no rare bugs were there. And a second guy to fill out the paperwork.

Solar cell manufactures have a major problem with hazardous waste. Tons of paperwork that has to be correctly filed.

Most of these jobs require a background in science, and being able to handle the paperwork.

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