ENERGY RESOURCES OF SPAIN


General Characteristics of Agriculture, Industrial, and Information Age Energy Resources

Renewable energy sources: solar, wind, water, humans/slavery, animals etc.

  • Industrial Age:
  • Non-renewable, fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, coal) and nuclear fission (uranium and plutonium fuels). These fuels pollute more, and once extracted from the earth, they are gone.

  • Information Age:
  • Eventual return (once fossil fuels are exhausted) to renewable energy sources (solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, ocean thermal, and biomass)--as in agriculture age, but using more sophisticated technologies to tap these energy sources; also nuclear fusion (from fusing of hydrogen atoms in water) once the technology is perfected in future; lag in transition to these alternative energy sources--perhaps into next age.

    Information/Data on Energy Sources in Spain

    In an effort to lessen the country's dependence on imported oil, an attempt has been made to increase coal production and expand nuclear-power capability. This program has met with some success: nuclear power provided nearly 40 percent of Spain's electrical power in 1991, as compared with about 30 percent in the mid-1980s. However, Spain still relies on petroleum for most of its energy needs.

    Conclusions

    Spain is basically still in the industrial age in regards to energy resources. Spain mainly uses fossil fuels like crude oil, petroleum products, and natural gas. Spain also has been increasing its use of nuclear power. Spain is showing signs of progressing to the information age by starting to return to renewable resources such as hydro power.
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