Paper (Report) Topics
evaluate how the science and technology of fuels and energy relates to you socially and economically. I hope that in working on this report you will gain an understanding of how complex issues are when you evaluate them politically, socially, and economically.
The report amounts to 15% of your grade. Within the report please include answers to the questions that are included in the assignment. The report should have an introduction, body, and conclusion. Your report should not just be the answers to the questions in the assignment. If you just answer the questions your report will not be of a passing grade. You should find that with the depth and breadth of the topic that your paper will be greater than four pages. Anything less than that is unacceptable. The papers should be double spaced. Acceptable fonts are 12 point Times New Roman or Arial.
If you find any information from another source you MUST list the source and include a bibliography. Due to some of the information that you will have to find, a bibliography will be required listing your sources of where you found information.
In addition to the bibliography, for the sections in the report that state show work, you are to include a sheet of paper with all of the data and calculations that you used in the report.
Energy Report: Due: July13, 2015
When it comes to energy there are fuels that are primarily used for transportation and fuels/energy sources used for production of electricity.
What is the current cost for a barrel of oil (cite day and cost)? For every barrel of oil, what are the percentages of useable petroleum products? What percentage goes to the different types of fuels (e.g. diesel, gasoline, jet fuel)? What are the other useable products made from petroleum? Given what you researched, if a student said, ?we need more wind power and solar energy sources so that we decrease the amount of oil we use? would you agree with that statement or disagree? What would you say to the student to support or disagree with that statement?
How many miles do you typically drive in a week? A year? What is the average miles per gallon for you vehicle. https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm (Links to an external site.) How much money do you spend on gasoline per year at $3.00/gallon and at $4.00/gallon (show work)?
One website that has historical data on energy is the British Petroleum website. www.bp.com (Links to an external site.). You can find information on the Historical data on petroleum consumption, production at the following link. Note: Consumption is in thousand barrels daily.
https://www.bp.com/content/dam/bp/excel/Statistical-Review/statistical_review_of_world_energy_2013_workbook.xlsx (Links to an external site.)
How many barrels of oil are consumed by the United States and world every day and every year? How many gallons is that (show work)? ? What is the percentage of the total petroleum consumption is consumed by the United States? At that rate of consumption how many more years of oil are left using the 2011 Proven Oil Reserves data from the bp website. (show work)
The United State?s population currently is about 4.6% of the world?s population (https://www.census.gov/ipc/www/world.html (Links to an external site.)). Many students have expressed disgust that the US is the largest consumer of petroleum with such a small relative population, but they fail to take into consideration the economy of the country and how many goods and services the country produces. The measure of the market value of goods and services produced throughout the year is GDP (Gross Domestic Product. The following is a list of countries by GDP. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_%28nominal%29 (Links to an external site.)
Although the United States population is 4.6% of the world?s what is the GDP of the United States relative to the world?s GDP? Evaluate and discuss your thoughts on the consumption of petroleum of the United States.
When it comes to electricity generation, what are the top 5 ways electricity is generated in the USA? What percentage of electricity is generated from petroleum? With the issue of carbon dioxide emissions from coal burning plants there has been increased attention given to nuclear energy. What percentage of America?s energy is produced by nuclear power? Where are the four closest nuclear power plants to the Quad Cities? How much energy does each nuclear power plant produce?
The United Sates government will take over the responsibility for the nuclear wastes of the 50 states. How does the United States currently handle nuclear waste from power plants? Do you agree with how the nuclear waste is being handled (explain why you agree or disagree)? How do the French handle their nuclear waste? Should we reprocess the nuclear waste and use the radioactive isotopes? How are radioactive isotopes used in nuclear medicine (list at least 5 isotopes used in nuclear medicine and how they are used)?
Do you favor building more nuclear plants or other energy sources (if so what sources) and why? Many people have proposed switching to wind power.? In 2011, the “average” nuclear power plant in the United States generated about 12.2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh). There were 65 nuclear power plants with 104 operating nuclear reactors that generated a total of 790 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh)?? https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=104&t=3 (Links to an external site.) If “One 1.8 MW wind turbine at a reasonable site would produce over 4,700 000 kWh of electricity each year? https://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_energy_can_one_wind_turbine_generate_in_one_day (Links to an external site.) how many windmills would be needed to replace nuclear energy(show work)? If ?The costs for a utility scale wind turbine in 2012 range from about $1.3 million to $2.2 million per MW of nameplate capacity installed?.https://www.windustry.org/resources/how-much-do-wind-turbines-cost (Links to an external site.)