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Renewable and non-renewable energy – Difference

21 Giugno 2022

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Since ancient times, man has used the resources provided by the Earth to produce energy, and there are renewable and non-renewable sources.

Since ancient times, man has been using the resources provided by the Earth to survive and produce energy, and in this sense, we differentiate energy sources into renewable and non-renewable. In particular, these two types of energy sources differ in a few elements:

- Availability and renewal time

- Cost of production and transportation

- Impact on the environment and people's health

Renewable and non-renewable energy sources - Types

Renewable energy sources are those obtained from nature and are continuously regenerating, confirming themselves as almost inexhaustible. Think, for example, of solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass energy.

The main characteristic of these sources is that they have a low environmental impact, and this is an advantage for human health, but also for the environment.

In addition to renewable energy there are non-renewable energy sources, which are depleted over time and always require new human efforts to produce them. Therefore, these are sources with a major impact on the ecosystem and which pollute, given the emission of waste consisting of carbon dioxide and toxic gases released into the atmosphere.

Most renewable energies are inexhaustible, while non-renewable energies are produced from fossil and nuclear fuels. Let us have a look.

Non-renewable energy - Production

Non-renewable forms of energy include fossil fuels or hydrocarbons, which are produced and marketed by specialized companies such as Settala Gas. This form of energy is the most widely used in the world and is derived from organic material that has accumulated in the Earth over the centuries. Fossil fuels include oil and coal, although in recent years methane is also used for energy production.

Energy production with hydrocarbons involves burning them, and this process releases a large amount of CO2 and other toxic agents into the atmosphere, although their use costs less than renewable energy. Another non-renewable source is nuclear fuels, which are obtained from the extraction of uranium that must be processed and refined.

Today given the growing alarm about pollution and the scarcity of hydrocarbons many countries are investing in energy production from renewable sources, although not all of it is sustainable. For example, to get energy from biomass, materials such as wood and pellets have to be burned, which contribute to higher levels of pollution. Among the renewable energies with the least impact on humans is solar energy, for the use of which one only needs to install a photovoltaic system or solar power plant.

In any case, those who base their business on substances such as hydrocarbons will find in Settala Gas a qualified and experienced partner with more than 50 years in the business. Contact us for more information!

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