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ENV100 Lecture NotesMar 7 2012 Conventional Energy Alternatives Reading Chapter 16These lectures will help you understandContributions to world energy by fuels that are alternatives to fossil fuelsFundamentals and pros and cons of o Hydroelectric power o Nuclear energyo Biomass energyHydropower nuclear and biomass are conventional energy alternatives Fuelwood and other biomass sources provide 10 of the worlds energy nuclear power provides 63 and hydropower provides 22 Nuclear energy and hydro each account for nearly onesixth of the worlds electricity generation o Canada relies heavily on hydroelectric power generation Each has benefits and drawbacksModern hydropower uses two approachesHydroelectric power uses the kinetic energy of moving water to turn turbines and generate electricityApproaches first is much more common o Dams h
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