Difference Between Renewable and Non-renewable Resources

The difference between renewable and non-renewable resources can be done on the basis of their usage life, carbon emission, quantity available, maintenance cost, environment friendly nature, land area required for installation and much more.
The energy resources which cannot be exhausted and can be used again and again are called renewable energy resources. For example solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy and hydroelectric etc. 

What is Non-Renewable Energy Resources

The energy resources which can be exhausted one day and cannot be used repeatedly are called non-renewable energy resources. The example of non-renewable energy resources are coal, petroleum, natural gases etc.
 Difference between renewable and non renewable resources

Difference Between Renewable and Non-renewable Resources

The comparison between renewable and non-renewable resources are given below in tabular form

S.No
Renewable energy resources
Non-renewable energy resources
1.
It can be used again and again throughout its life.
It cannot be used again and again but one day it will be exhausted.
2.
These are the energy resources which cannot be exhausted.
They are the energy resources which can be exhausted one day.
3.
 It has low carbon emission and hence environment friendly.
It has high carbon emission and hence not environment friendly.
4.
It is present in unlimited quantity.
It is present in limited quantity and vanishes one day
5.
Cost is low.
Cost is high.
6.
Renewable energy resources are pollution free.
The non-renewable energy resources are not pollution free.
7.
Life of resources is infinite.
Life of resources is finite and vanishes one day.
8.
It has high maintenance cost.
It has low maintenance cost as compared with the renewable energy resources.
9.
Large land area is required for the installation of its power plant.
Less land area is required for its power plantbinstallation.
10.
Solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy etc are the examples of renewable resources.
Coal, petroleum, natural gases are the examples of non-renewable resources
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Summary of Renewable vs Non-renewable Resources

  • The renewable energy resources can be depleted and used again and again. But the non-renewable resources are limited in number and can be depleted one day.
  • The carbon emission in renewable energy resources are very low and prevent global warming. In non renewable resources the carbon emission is large and contributes in global warming.
  • The renewable resources are cheaper and present in unlimited quantity but the non- renewable resources are costlier and present in limited quantity.
  • The life of renewable resources is infinite. In case of non-renewable resources the life is finite.
  • The maintenance cost for the power plant of renewable energy resources is low but it is high in the case of non-renewable energy resources.
  • Solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy and geothermal energy are called as renewable resources. Coal petroleum, natural gas, are called non-renewable resources.
This is all about the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources. If you find anything missing or incorrect then please let me know it through your commenting.

Pankaj Mishra

Pankaj Mishra is a blogger by passion and Mechanical Engineer by profession. He has completed his B.Tech degree in mechanical engineering in the year 2015. He loves to share his knowledge and help others.

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