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Homework Help: Best way to produce electricity?

  1. Dec 4, 2011 #1
    What do you guys think is the best way to produce electricity(fossil fuel, solar, wind, etc...)? Explain why.
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  3. Dec 4, 2011 #2


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    that really depends on your definition of "best"

    1) most efficient, but may not be good for enviroment eg fossil fuels

    2) cleanest, solar or wind turbine .... solar - efficiency is ok, but very expensive to get serious power levels but wonderful for the environment, at least for the short term.
    Wonder what disposing of 1000's of PV panels is going to do for the environment when they reach their used by date ???

    3) Something somewhere in between....
    produces lots of power at a reasonable cost and doesnt screw up the environment too much

  4. Dec 5, 2011 #3


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    Maybe you should try to expand on the question yourself, as its not that difficult.
    "What is best" does not have a definitive answer. Best can have a choice between being cost effecftive, power output, ease of transport of power supply, and others.

    If you have a portable radio, cell phone, how is electricity produced in this application?
    For a camping trip, to produce electricity, what do you bring along with you?
    If you live in the far north, how is electricity produced there?
    On a airplane, car, boat, how is electricity produced?
    For a city, how is electricity produced for the customers of businesses and homes?
    On the space sation, how is electricity produce?

    Foir each of theses applications, are there other choices to produce electricity?
  5. Dec 5, 2011 #4


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    Since your question is for schoolwork, you should tell us your thoughts...
  6. Dec 6, 2011 #5
    I would say a mixture of all of them, i hope superconductors at enviroment temp arrive soon, their efficiency would save huge amounts of power
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