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The Path to More Sustainable Energy Systems by Daniel M. Martínez, Ben W. Ebenhack

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Chapter 3

“Renewable” Energy Resources

This chapter discusses solar, solar-derived, tidal, and geothermal resources, the resources that comprise the so-called renewable energy supply.

3.1 A Note

Before we delve into the content of this chapter, we feel it is necessary to begin with a reminder regarding the term “renewable” and to explain the general nature of the chapter, especially with respect to the previous chapter on nonrenewable energy. In Chapter 1, we discussed in detail the problems that come with using terms like “renewable” and “nonrenewable” to define an energy resource. They are incomplete in the way that they are used because they do not always include the way a particular resource is consumed with respect to the way it is, or ...

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