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Renewable Energy

Energy of the Past and the Future
  • Robert Rapier


Henry Ford may have been a bit ahead of his time, but he was right about one thing: the energy of the future will have to come increasingly from renewable energy. Over the past 250 years, humans have consumed an ever-increasing amount of fossil resources like coal, oil, and natural gas. But as these resources are depleted, the world must transition to renewable sources of energy.


Wind Power Solar Power Concentrate Solar Power Power Play Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion 
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