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Solar vs Wind energy?

Posted by admin on Jul 7, 2010

Ok so for a class im taking we have debate groups and the topic was energy’s. Well my group picked Solar energy and we are going to debate with wind energy to see who’s energy is the better one. I already have some good reasons on why Solar is better the wind and how wind could be bad but i feel like i really need more very good strong true facts on how SOLAR is BETTER then wind energy. I really need someones help. If my group wins the debate then we can get a good grade. Find really bad things about wind that we can use in the debate that they WONT be able to fight back and some good things about solar they cant fight. PLEASE HELP ME..thank you so much for anyone for helping me..thank u.

It is truly not a case of one or the other. Neither is efficient enough to solve the world’s energy problem and save us from the looming catastrophy. Our energy problem is a complex problem, driven by a wide variety of factors. And solving that problem will require a combination of solutions, which will undoubtable include both wind and solar energy.
I wish you luck in your debate, but your energies would be better used in solving the problem, rather than be distracted by petty questions such as "Which Is Better".
These are serious times and you need to be debating serious subjects. I question the judgement of the individual who picked the subject for your debate. Was it a fellow student?

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Mr.Met:

wind turbines make noise as they move

wind turbines can be an eyesore while solar panels can be blended into roofs and stuff

1)Due to the larger magnitude of solar PV power output fluctuations relative to those of wind at time scales shorter than approximately 31⁄2 hours, the costs of large scale solar PV integration are likely to be larger than those of wind.

2)Other than the rare homeowner who lives atop a large hill with no obstructions, the idea of the wind turbine will almost certainly lose to a solar array, which can be installed on almost any roof.
Solar energy, being more easily accessible, is definitely the optimal choice for homeowners who would like to become energy independent. And that is a huge advantage, solar can free homeowners from the binds of high utility bills and power outages. This becomes even more exciting considering recent innovations in plastic and nanocrystal solar cells which promise to greatly reduce the cost of manufacturing and installation.
References :
1)http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/03/solar-versus-wind-power.php
2)http://solar.calfinder.com/blog/solar-information/how-does-wind-compare-to-solar-power/

July 7th, 2010 | 11:59 pm
spk:

Personally, I like solar, too.

Solar:
Pays back quick.
Can be installed on top of buildings. This makes it so you don’t need very much space. It’s not going to use up any of your backyard.
If you have the money, it’s easy for small businesses and families to install solar.

Wind:
Kills birds
takes up much space
often is put in deserts. You loose a lot of energy transferring it.
isn’t really fit for regular families and businesses
Takes a long time to pay back
Uses minerals (neodymium) that are running out

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They will probably argue that: (their argument *** your argument)

Solar cannot produce enough energy on roofs *** wind cannot be put on roofs, so wind
an produce less on roofs
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Wind in some places will not lose very much energy *** Solar can be put closer to civilization and lose less energy.
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Some places do not have very much sun *** Some places do not have very much wind
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Sun doesn’t always shine *** Wind doesn’t always blow

Good luck! Hope you win the debate!
References :

July 8th, 2010 | 12:46 am
Wacha Wannano?:

The best debaters are not the ones who find out only negative things on their opposing team, but also know how to deal with the negative things on their own so that they have an answer to refute it…obviously, solar energy is not the best idea in areas where there is prolonged darkness and there is no solar to draw from…prepare yourselves for that argument because any debate team worth anything should raise it and if you can’t answer it, you’ll be sunk on that point.

I personally think a mixture of green energy sources is the best way to go because not one stands head and shoulders above the rest for every geographical region.

As to the other guy who said turbines were noisy…not the newer ones. In fact, they have small vertical units made of fabricated metal for residential use that look much like garden sculptures that are virtually silent. I’d have one on my house if the cost were feasible…same with solar panels…they just are too expensive to warrant the switch.
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July 8th, 2010 | 1:29 am
Drachir:

It is truly not a case of one or the other. Neither is efficient enough to solve the world’s energy problem and save us from the looming catastrophy. Our energy problem is a complex problem, driven by a wide variety of factors. And solving that problem will require a combination of solutions, which will undoubtable include both wind and solar energy.
I wish you luck in your debate, but your energies would be better used in solving the problem, rather than be distracted by petty questions such as "Which Is Better".
These are serious times and you need to be debating serious subjects. I question the judgement of the individual who picked the subject for your debate. Was it a fellow student?
References :

July 8th, 2010 | 2:11 am
tony:

solar: this type of energy shows different methods which look cool and attractive.
solar energy can be transformed with out the use of sun light (which many people think is the sun-light is the one giving the energy) making this efficient most time of the day
the only concern is will energy ever end?
hope that helped.
References :
personal, uncles, teachers

July 8th, 2010 | 2:17 am
Noah H:

Solar panels can be installed on any roof while wind turbines have to sited outside urban areas…except for the ‘barrel’ type that are appropriate for commercial buildings. In my town out here in western Arizona we get 340 days a year of sun and 300 days of wind…usually both at the same time, but always one or the other. For less than it cost to install our town’s sewer system we could equip our entire city of 50,000 people with low cost mostly decentralized electrical energy. Our current ‘private enterprise’ power company would scream bloody murder if we ever did that, but down the road it may be the best thing we ever did. Decentralizing as much electrical energy as possible, making ALL electrical generation non-profit public utilities would save the public billions of dollars that now go for ‘profit’. Of course suggest that or suggesting a public non-profit health insurance company would be called ‘socialism’ by the right wing radio dummies and FOX…ask me if I care?
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July 8th, 2010 | 2:48 am
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