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“Alternative energy”, “green” and “Tesla” cannot be in the same sentence!!!

Discuss alternative energy. Demonstrate 3 different alternative energy models at home. Note why alternative energy is not efficient. Explore what sources are used to generate electricity. Discuss the 'green-ness' of the Tesla vs. the hydrogen car.
Reuben Thomas
Grade 6

Problem

Is the electricity production in Alberta green enough to maintain plug-in electric cars like the Tesla?

Method

- I created three models that 

1. Utilized the sunlight to heat an object 

2. Use the focused sunlight to boil water

3. Created a restricted space for steam to escape to make it move a fan.

- I reviewed the pros and cons of alternative energy and its utilization in Alberta’s electricity generation. 

- I contemplated the ‘greenness' of a Tesla vehicle in Alberta, given the information I gleaned and suggested alternatives to the popular electric car.

 

Research

There are two sides to most arguments. When it comes to alternative energy, one side says that it is expensive, confusing, and it will take a lot of work. Therefore, we should not invest in alternative energy. 

The other side says that it will be expensive and it will take a lot of work today. However, it will have a great end result that will make the world a better place tomorrow.

Based on my review, I believe we can make informed decisions around electricity generation and consumption now. Alberta’s electricity generation today is 90% fossil fuel-based. Alberta is hoping to reduce it to 30% fossil fuel dependency by 2050. 

I am suggesting that we use alternate pathways, like hydrogen fuel cells, today to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and change the process of generating electricity now.

 

 

Data

Not applicable.

Conclusion

Alternative energy is good for the environment, yet, there needs to be improvement in harnessing it efficiently and cost-effectively. If made more efficient, Alberta’s electricity production will be greener than the 10% it is now. Therefore, until the electricity is produced from renewable sources, vehicles that run on alternate (renewable) fuels like hydrogen is recommended.

Acknowledgement

I would like to thank Mr. Trudeau, my grade 6 teacher at Balmoral School, for his support in seeing this project through. Also Mr. Basi, my Grade 5 teacher, for his insights and suggestions.

Importantly, I want to acknowledge Mr Abe Samuel, Risk Control Engineer, who took time to patiently explain the complexity of fossil fuel extraction and byproducts. 

A big thanks to my parents for their encouragement and my four-year-old sister's patience. Importantly, thanking CYSF for the opportunity.