Sunday, February 16, 2014

Research Proposal Draft

Research Proposal
Sec 2 Interdisciplinary Research Studies


Research Topic: Energy Generation


00_Chosen Area of Focus: The Cost of Energy Generation


Group Member’s Names-
-Koh Jin Wei (18)
-Yash Dixit (12)


01_Statement of Problem (framing our research data of >200 words)(KohJinWei)


Energy is used everyday in our life, in terms of electrical energy. However, the cost to have electricity running in our houses is nothing short of expensive. The cost in terms of manpower, built and equipment cost, operating cost.etc. And specifically the impact it makes on the environment. Now days, people are trying to go green to save the Earth from global warming. A contribution to global warming would be the impact done to the environment from generating electricity. Generating electricity via non-renewable methods such as burning fossil fuels and nuclear power damages the environment tremendously. For the burning of fossil fuels, fumes and waste would pollute the environment. And the waste from Nuclear Power is extremely radioactive, this radioactive waves are very harmful to living organisms or even death. Thus, the cost for this non-renewable energy is very taxing. As for renewable energy, the built and generating cost is quite expensive. Although, these sources of renewable energy doesn’t pollute the environment, the price to build and use one of these is still expensive. Thus, I could conclude from this that energy does cost quite a lot. This energy crisis would be our problem for this term of IRS.




02_Research Objectives (>200 words)(KohJinWei)


Our research objective on this energy crisis is to find out about the cost of different energy. How the different energy sources affect the cost needed to run it. An example of what we would be doing: Solar Energy, there is a Solar Park in Singapore at the Marina Barrage. This Solar Park contains 405 solar panels covering the space of 1,200 sqm/meter square (Estimated). We should be able to get some data via survey to the workers or perhaps the internet. So the objective of this research to understand the relationship between the cost and the energy produced from different energy sources. From this, we could educate others on conserving energy and teach them on how spending it would affect the environment, economy, .etc.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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(Wikipedia)

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(Wikipedia, Template:Cost of energy sources)

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(Wikipedia)

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(Wikipedia)

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Yash Dixit Signing Out

Friday, February 7, 2014

An Investigation into the cost of different energy sources.

An Investigation into the Cost of Different Energy Sources

≈For this Interdisciplinary Research Studies Project, we would probably work on two types of energy sources, one non-renewable and the other a renewable energy. Maybe, if we had the time, we would like to focus on more than these two energy sources. As for the cost, we would mostly focus on the impact on the environment and built cost, maybe the political cost too.

Research Title

An Investigation into the cost of different energy sources.

Mr Tan Hoe Teck
Koh Jin Wei
Yash Dixit

Project Ideas

-PlantMatter
Plants takes in carbon dioxide and water and under the process of photosynthesis in the presence of light, oxygen and glucose is produced. The percentage of oxygen in the air is estimated at 20.5% and the percentage of carbon dioxide in the air is 0.05%. We would like to research on the relationship between the amount of carbon dioxide taken in and the amount of oxygen given out in a plant.

-Wastage

We dispose waste in Singapore by burning them before dumping the excess ashes into Palau Semakau. During the burning process, fumes would be produced; polluting the air. Research about how the amount of waste would affect the air quality, would be useful in the coming future.

-EnergySpawning (Chosen)

There's tons of ways to convert energy into electrical energy, whether it is renewable or non-renewable. Some ways would be biomass, fossil fuel, hydraulic, wind turbines, dams .etc. But all of this needs a cost, not only monetary cost, but resource cost too; manpower, fossil fuels. And you also need energy to power up the generator. We would like to find out the cost for different types of energy converters.


Jin Wei Signing Out

10:55(GMT+8) 08/02/14