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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