Are alternative and renewable energy the same thing? By most definitions, alternative and renewable energy do contain a great deal of overlap, as they are both environmentally friendly and part of the bioeconomy. However, there are differences with which we should be familiar. Alternative energy is energy which is generated in ways that do not deplete natural resources or harm the environment. Simply put, alternative energy is “alternative” to the use of fossil fuels or nuclear power. Renewable energy, however, refers to a specific type of energy that is collected from some renewable resources, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. They are “renewable” in the sense that they are constantly replenishing within a relatively short time frame without human intervention.
Both alternative energy and renewable energy are parts of the new “bioeconomy”, as energy companies and energy companies continue to become familiar with them. As the world population grows, it is important that the fuels and chemicals we use are both environmentally friendly (since we all want to breathe) and quickly renewable (since we don’t want to run out or run low which skyrockets price).
At Lee Enterprises Consulting, we have a number of highly qualified alternative and renewable energy experts that assist companies worldwide with the many types of projects in the bioeconomy. Feel free to call or email us for more information.