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The Power of Green Technology
The Power of Green Technology
Jasmine Bryson
INF 103
Michelle Hinton
7/9/2012
Jasmine Bryson
INF 103
Michelle Hinton
7/9/2012

So you ask what Green Technology is. Green technology is the development and application of products, equipment and systems used to conserve the natural environment and resources, which minimizes and reduces the negative impact of human activities. Green Technology is not just something of the present; it has history and is going to play a big role in the future. There are five types of renewable energy that I am going to talk about today. They are biomass, solar, geothermal, wind and water.
Biomass energy is any organic matter (wood, crops, seaweed, animal waste) that can be used as an energy source. Biomass is the oldest source of energy after the sun. There are four types of biomass energy. They are wood and agriculture products, solid waste, landfill gas and biofuels (ethanol and biodiesel). Wood and agriculture products make up about 48.7 percent of biomass energy that is used. Solid waste is the burning of trash that turns waste into a useable form of energy. All garbage is not biomass; half of its energy content comes from plastics, which are made from petroleum and natural gas. Landfill gas is approximately forty to sixty percent methane, with the remainder being mostly carbon dioxide. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there are approximately six thousand landfills in the United States. Most of these landfills are composed of municipal waste, and, therefore, producing methane. There are two types of biofuels: ethanol and biodiesel. Ethanol is an alcohol fuel made by fermenting the sugars and starches found in plants and the distilling them. More than ninety percent of the ethanol produced in the United States comes from corn. Ethanol is water soluble and biodegradable. If a fuel spill occurs, the effects are less environmentally severe than with gasoline. Biodiesel is a fuel...

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