IE320Projectmidterm

IE320Projectmidterm - Abstract: This project deals with the...

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Abstract: This project deals with the pros and cons of energy production through coal, solar power, and wind power. Solar and wind power are renewable and have the potential for use on a small scale, but current technology limits harnessing them all the time and small scale operations limit cost effectiveness. Coal can produce energy on a large scale, but it is a nonrenewable resource and it doesn’t burn cleanly. Despite coal’s drawbacks solar energy is clean and can best suit warmer climates. Wind energy is also clean and is suitable for either cold or warm climates. With energy consumption in the states rising (Texas-1,190 billion kWh, North Dakota-1,210 billion kWh, and California 59- billion KWh), solar energy and wind energy should be increasingly sought after. Lastly, individual wind farms are yet another option. They may cost more than coal (42$/kWh vs $37/kWh); but their cost reduction over time, environmental benefits and individual-self- sufficiency speak volumes. Introduction: Windmill farms and solar farms are a natural, sustainable energy source. Typically they are constructed on a larger scale in climates and environments that are suitable for them. Different areas of the country are more suitable for certain energy sources (for instance: windmill farms in a northern climate and solar farms in a southern climate). Traditionally these farms are on demand, which means they are turned on and off as power is needed. This can cause a problem if the environment cannot produce the energy needed at a particular time.
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Therefore, great care needs to be taken in the planning. Another option may be storing the energy during high production times to be used later. However, it is possible to construct these energy sources on a smaller scale.
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