The Potential of Solar Energy Research Paper by Nicky

A review of the literature on the potential of solar energy.
# 150932 | 2,035 words | 11 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 11, 2012 in Physics (Matter and Energy) , Environmental Studies (General)

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The paper hypothesizes that solar panels should be used as a renewable source of energy to protect the planet, bring down power costs, and stop the US from relying so much on oil from other countries. The paper provides a review and analysis of the literature and reaches the conclusion that although there are many costs and uncertainties involved, solar energy has potential and should be considered more seriously by the government and the laypeople of any developed country.

Vision Statement
Problem Statement
Review of Literature
Detailed Analysis

From the Paper:

"A growing body of scientific evidence is showing that global warming, or climate change, has caused a rise in the global level of the sea, on average. Between four and eight inches has been measured over the last 100 years (Healy & Tapick, 2004; Brodeur, et al., 2008). One-tenth of one inch every year is the current estimate for how much the seas are rising, and even though that does not seem like very much there are a lot of scientists who agree that it is going to be a serious problem in the future (Healy & Tapick, 2004; US 2004). Most people shrug this off, but the people who take it seriously warn against continuing to burn fossil fuels, especially in large amounts, because of the long terms impacts not only to the actual planet but to human health, as well.
"There are currently a lot of countries that are not that happy with the United States because it is one of the biggest contributors when it comes to greenhouse gases. Most of that comes from the power plants, because they are still burning coal (Healy & Tapick, 2004; Smedsrud, et al., 2005). For example, in 1998, twenty-four percent of the emissions of these gases in the world came from the United States."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • 30 facts about solar energy. (2008). Alternative Energy Sources.
  • Brodeur et al. (2008). Rise and fall of jellyfish in the eastern Bering Sea in relation to climate regime shifts. Progress in Oceanography, 77, 2-3: 103-111.
  • Healy, J. Kevin and Tapick, Jeffrey M. (2004). Climate change: It's not just a policy issue for corporate counsel--It's a legal problem, 29 Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 89, 96.
  • Interstate Renewable Energy Council. (1993). Procurement Guide for Renewable Energy Systems. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.
  • Komp, R.J., Ph.D. (1995). Practical Photovoltaics; Electricity from Solar Cells, 3rd Edition. Ann Arbor, MI: aatec publications.

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