This guide was created to support the various students who are interested in researching renewable energy. All the resources listed throughout this guide can be found in the Leeward CC Library, can be sent from another UH-System Library to Leeward CC Library (free of charge), or are accessible online.
What is renewable energy?
Fossil fuels (oil, coal) have long been the source of energy around the globe. However, fossil fuels are finite, costly, environmentally destructive, and politically controversial, leading many to seek out other ways to produce energy. Renewable energy, which is produced from natural resources and replenishes itself naturally, has thus come to the forefront of the scientific and political exploration of energy sources. Currently, the most commonly studied renewable energies are solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, and hydroelectric.
What are natural resources?
Natural resources come from the environment and are integral to our survival as a species. Natural resources fall into one of two categories: renewable (air, sun, water, wind, wood) and non-renewable (fossil fuels, minerals). Mismanagement of resources, however, can make what was once a renewable energy a non-renewable/finite one. Mismanagement occurs when the consumption of a resource exceeds the rate of the resource's recovery period: low supply, but high demand.
Why should I care about this topic?
As a human, you utilize energy to do many things in your daily life: turn on your lights, charge your phone, microwave your food, etc. It's imperative that you understand where your energy is coming from and what impact it's having on the environment because we need energy to continue living. Thus, the shift from finite fossil fuels and the search for renewable energy will largely affect not only your future but the future of mankind.