Why are Fossil Fuels Bad? Can Solar Panels Replace Them?
Define: Fossil Fuels are a large problem today for humans and our environment. We want to know if it can be stopped or slowed down to prevent it from taking over. Burning fossil fuels releases a large amount of air pollutants which hurt the environment.
Some questions can be:
- How are fossil fuels made?
- Can it be replaced?
- Are solar panels a good alternative?
- Why are solar panels good?
- Why are solar panels bad?
Deliver: There are 4 types of fossil fuels: petroleum, coal, natural gas and Orimulsion. When fossil fuels are exposed to heat, a chain made from hydrocarbon atoms converts the energy made from heat into energy made from electricity or mechanical energy. Inhaling can have negative health effects on humans and animals. These health effects include premature death, acute respiratory illness, aggravated asthma, chronic bronchitis and decreased lung function. Fossil fuels are made for driving engines and giving them power. Some examples of engines that use fossil fuels are cars and jet fuels. But, despite everything I said so far, there are some advantages to fossil fuels. They are very accessible to the public and are sold at a low price. It is also easy to transport.
Solar Panels are a very good alternative to replace fossil fuels. It is renewable at no cost to supply energy infinity. Solar panels absorb the heat energy from the sun and converts it into electricity instead of having to burn fuels and it having to affect the atmosphere. This makes solar panels environment friendly.
Advantages of solar panels:
- Renewable Energy Source. (The most important)
- Reduces electricity bills
- Multiple applications
- Low maintenance costs
- Technology development
- Weather dependent
- Solar energy storage is expensive
There are also some disadvantages to solar panels. Land use and habitat loss is the largest problem. Some people have solar panels on the top of their house which takes up not too much space. But, in some areas, there are square kilometers of solar panels which takes up a lot of land and could be possible habitat loss for some animals. In the making of solar panels, hazardous materials are being used while being manufactured.
Debrief: We first had to think of an idea to talk about so we both researched about different things. Then we thought of the idea to talk about solar panels so now we had to think about a question revolving around it. Fossil fuels are taking over and is unhealthy for the environment, so we wanted to compare the two. First, we had to understand what fossil fuels are and what they do, same with solar panels. Then we compared the two; with their disadvantages and advantages. After that, we thought of solutions to solve this problem.
Solution: to help this problem we could try walk also you could ask a friend to carpool or take public transit to get to work, school or anywhere you need to go. Most of the worlds power is generated by coal and natural gas so you could get solar panels installed on your roof. Eletric cars are becoming a lot more popular with how far battery technology has gotten and are becoming more affordable which can prevent fossil fuels.
- What? Dubnium is a highly radioactive and synthetic chemical element with the symbol of “Db” and the atomic 105. It is the most stable isotope, dubnium-268, has a half-life about of 28 hours. Theoretical research establishes dubnium as a member of group 5 in the 6d series of transition metals.
- Who? Albert Ghiroso and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna who was led by Georgy Flerov.
- Where? The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna made the discovery in their lab in a city near Moscow. Albert Ghiroso made his discovery in a lab in California with his team
- When? The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research made their discovery in 1968, but in 1970 Albert Ghiroso and his team redid the experiment.
- How? Georgy Flerov and his team bombarded americium with neon and created an isotope of an element 105. Albert Ghiroso and his team bombarded californium with neon and created isotope 261
- Why? Georgy Flerov and his team were experimenting in their laboratory in Dubra, Russia and eventually mixed americium with neon and created the isotope.
What questions did you need to research in order to research your topic?
I answered all of the who, what, why, where, when, how questions to research on my element.
What new or familiar digital tools did you try to use as you worked on this project?
I only used reliable websites I could find while researching my element.
What was the process you used to investigate the topic?
I wrote all of the questions down and worked on each question one at a time. If I found the answer to another question, I would pause what I was doing and work on the other question.
How did you verify and cite the information you found?
I looked at many reliable websites and sources and they all said the same things or something very similar to one another. If the website was from an educational source and got their information from some other site who was reliable, then I would use it.
How did the process of completing this challenge go? What could you have done better?
The process was a bit hard because some questions I really had to dig deep and find, but I eventually found the correct answer and strived for success. There were a few times where I was distracted by something but I eventually got back on track and researched my element.