Posted: October 15, 2012 by vanallenphil in Uncategorized

WEDNESDAY: We will be in Room K-1 below the main office.  Do not go to C12!

Bellwork — Type 1: What is this image saying about different energy sources?  What is the impact of global vs. local?


Today we will focus on alternative forms of energy and their environmental impact. Be sure to follow all directions!

The Task

Your task is to research and determine which of the four sources of alternative energy (Hydroelectric, Solar, Wind and Biomass) power plant you believe would be the most feasible in Kalamazoo County and to prepare a report for the Commission.  Your report may be in written in poster format, or Powerpoint but you must answer all parts of the study to receive credit. You will give us what you have complete at the end of the hour — this does not mean you are done.  You need to complete the assignment for your grade, this will just prove to us you worked on the assignment in class.

The Process ***

Step 1 : Write a brief summary of the four proposed types of alternative energy.  Include at least 2 pros and cons for each type. 20 pts
Step 2: Identify, in paragraph form, which of the four you feel is the most appropriate for Kalamazoo County and why. 10 pts
Step 3: Propose a location for the plant.  Include the reasons why you feel this is an appropriate location and include maps for reference. 10 pts
Step 4: Identify the chemical or physical changes involved in the energy production of your plant (trace how energy is transferred from one form to another).  Visuals highly encouraged. 10 pts
Step 5: Answer one of  the Critical Thinking Questions on the Conclusion Page in a minimum of 1 page. Extra Credit(10pts)
*** Site all references!!! Do not directly copy and paste, or copy and past with a word change!

Resources (to get started)

General Renewable Energy Sources Sites Hydroelectric
US Department of Energy – Green Power Matters: Hydroelectric Power
US Department of Energy USGS Hydroelectric
Renewable Energy World Facts About Hydropower
Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources NREL – Hydroelectric Power
Energy Topics A to Z Hydroelectric Power
Learning about Renewable Energy
Solar Biomass
US Department of Energy – Solar American Bioenergy Association
Solar Energy International Waste-to-Energy Plants
Solar Electric Power Association American Ref-fuel
American Solar Energy Society Biomass Energy Research Association
Solar Energy Industries Association National Biofuels Program
Wind Energy Barlow Projects: Waste to Energy Solutions
Wind Technology
National Wind Technology Center
Wind Power Monthly News Magazine
Wind Power in Iowa
Guided Tour on Wind Energy
Conclusion – Critical Thinking Questions

Choose one of the following questions.
1. Do you think that the United States should invest in one/several renewable, alternative  energy sources?  Why or why not?
2. If the United States did develop an efficient alternative energy source, how do you think that it would effect the governments interest in the conflicts of the Middle East?
*** All references must be cited.

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