Update #3: Germany vs. The United States – Renewable Energy

I have now completed all my research and written a draft of my final paper! My results were pretty interesting, and I think they do manage to provide some small insight into the differences between Germany and the United States when it comes to their approaches to renewable energy. To reiterate what my project is about, I read 82 scientific research articles, written by American and German authors, and noted the year the paper was published, the rationale behind the research, the methods used, and the type of renewable energy studied.

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Update #2 – Germany vs. The United States: Renewable Energy

So far, I’ve collected and read 40 German papers, and made note of when they were published, why the researchers were interested in the topic, what methods they used to tackle to topic, and what area of renewable energy they studied. Today I started digging for American research papers and I was surprised at how much harder it was to find the type of articles I was looking for. When I searched in databases, I came across many, many publications about renewable energy and its economical impacts. I had to adjust my search several times before I could start finding the articles where scientists studied aspects of renewable energy. I could already tell that the tone of the American publications were more economically and politically minded, for I had to sift through many “Policy impacts of…” and “The Economical impacts of…” before I hit the scientific research I was looking for. I didn’t expect those types of papers to be published in scientific journals!

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Renewable Energy: Germany vs. The United States – Update #1

The first phase of my project, data collection, proved more difficult than originally expected. After all, many, if not most, research endeavors encounter unforeseen challenges along the way. Fortunately, I haven’t needed to change my approach altogether, I just needed to spend more time looking for resources than anticipated. My project focuses on identifying differences in scientific research between Germany and the United States, specifically with regard to renewable energy. The goal of the project is to understand each country, not from the perspective of the government or media, but from the perspective of the scientists and researchers. The former two often have agendas, and may not provide accurate pictures of the efforts, and reasons behind the efforts, to produce renewable energy.

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Research in Renewable Energy: Germany vs. The United States

Germany is one of the world’s leaders in the use and research of renewable energy. The country has made aggressive efforts to cut down their usage of nuclear and fossil fuel power, while increasing the amount of energy harvested from wind, biomass, and solar sources. This movement is called energiewende, meaning energy transition, and scientists say this sort of energy revolution is necessary in order to avoid a climate crisis. The United States, while also investing in renewable energy, has not reached the level of global leadership that Germany has. This research answers how, and why, Germany and the United States differ in their approach and success to alternative energy sources by examining both German and American research papers. This project compares the rationale behind the research of each experiment, as well as the implications of the results, to see whether any differences between the countries become evident.

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