1105 Alternative Energy



Kat talks about how we might be using new kinds of energy in the future.

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Matthew: I heard that you work at an renewable energy company. Can you tell me what kind of company it is?

Kat: My company is a wind energy company but there's a lot of other options.

Matthew: What are the other options and what are the pros and cons of each option?

Kat: Well let's start off with wind. Wind energy is great. It doesn't take away a lot of space. You can have one wind turbine in a very small area but on the other hand you really need some strong wind to have a good output. Then you have solar energy. Solar energy is great but you also need a very good location and solar exposure is normally just a couple of hours a day so you need a very big solar panel so it takes away a lot of space. Then we have the option of geothermal energy which is great but once again depends on where you live. Very few areas have what it takes to have a productive geothermal system and it's very expensive. There's a lot of drilling involved. Then another option is bio-energy which is where you actually take animal waste and use that to make energy. I think it's one of the better ones but once again the set up is highly expensive. Then a last option would be hydro-energy. Hydro-energy I think is best in very large set ups, government-run or run by large electricity companies. It's very expensive to set up but once it's set up, it's a very, very productive way of making energy.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

renewable

I heard that you work at an renewable energy company.

Renewable energy comes from unlimited sources such as wind and sun. Notice the following:

  1. Renewable energy is one way to combat rising oil prices.
  2. The government is considering new sources of renewable energy.

pros and cons

What are the pros and cons of each option?

We use the term pros and cons to talk about the positive and negative sides of an issue. Notice the following:

  1. We discussed the pros and cons at the meeting.
  2. What are the pros and cons?

on the other hand

But on the other hand you really need some strong wind to have a good output.

The term 'on the other hand' is used to express contrast. Notice the following:

  1. It's nice, but on the other hand it's expensive.
  2. On one hand it's interesting, but on the other hand it's noisy, crowded and dirty.

option

We have the option of geothermal energy

To have an option means we have a choice. Notice the following:

  1. We have three options.
  2. We have three possible choices.

set up

Once it's set up, it's a very, very productive way of making energy.

When we set something up, that means we organize a system to do what we want. Notice the following:

  1. He set up a business to service computers.
  2. We need to set up a system to save energy.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
renewable • pros and cons • other hand
option • set up
  1. Our company will have to a more efficient system.
  2. List down the and then you decide.
  3. We don't have much of an left.
  4. It's more expensive, but on the , I think it's more durable.
  5. Is energy really more cost-effective?