Renewable Energy



Sustainable energy sources are nondepletable and environmentally benign. A renewable energy source is nondepletable by definition. A rigorous definition of “sustainability energy” cannot be given, however, because each option has some drawbacks that may not be apparent at first blush. For example, fossil fuels are not sustainable for large modern economies and their use impacts the environment. Fossil fuels probably would almost be a sustainable resource if world population were only one million. Ultimately a definition of “sustainable energy” has to consider the carrying capacity of Earth (Sect. 10.5).


Wind Power Rogue Wave Solar Flux Inertial Confinement Fusion National Ignition Facility 
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA

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