Thursday, April 30, 2009

Traditional and alternative sources of energy- A Comparison

It is a well recognised fact that the development and utilisation of alternative energy sources along with traditional or conventional sources of energy is necessary to meet the growing demands of energy in urban and rural areas of both developed and developing nations.

Conventional sources of energy are coal, petroleum and natural gas. The alternative sources of energy are solar energy, tidal energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, thunder bolt energy etc.

Comparison of conventional and alternative sources of energy:

Conventional sources of energy like coal and petroleum are exhaustible whereas the alternative energy resources are renewable and cannot come to an end.

Most alternative sources of energy are non-polluting as compared to traditional sources of energy that cause a lot of pollution.

Traditional sources of energy are centralised i.e. they are produced or are available at a central location from which they are distributed. They are not available everywhere. On the other hand, alternative energy sources are decentralised and are available for use in far flung and remote areas.

Alternative sources of energy are cheaper as compared to the traditional sources of energy. Also electricity can be generated from alternative energy resource at low costs whereas the production of electricity from traditional sources is very expensive.

The alternative energy companies use alternative energy sources which are readily and easily available as opposed to traditional sources of energy that are not easily available.

Because of the demerits of traditional sources of energy, alternative sources of energy have been developed. These sources of energy can be put to various uses and are very beneficial.

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