BC: By: Olivia Hernandez 8th Period
FC: 6 Energy Sources | By: Olivia Hernandez
1: Table of Contents | 1. Nuclear 2. Biomass 3. Wind 4. Geothermal 5. Solar 6. Hydropower 7. Citation
2: Nuclear Energy is energy from the nucleus of an atom that can be used for electricity. Nuclear plants commonly use uranium as fuel for nuclear fission which produces about one-fifth of the U.S's energy. Nuclear fission occurs in nuclear reactors when atoms split and energy is released.
4: Biomass energy is made from organic material that originally came from plants and animals. This energy is renewable, contains energy from the sun, and can be made from wood, crops, and even garbage. Biomass energy can be released through its burning or converted into other energy forms such as ethanol and methane gas.
6: Wind energy can be simply defined as energy stemming from "air in motion." Wind is a renewable energy source used to produce electricity. Wind energy is produced through wind turbines and has been produced for centuries beginning with the use of windmills.
8: Geothermal energy is energy made from heat within the Earth. It is a renewable energy source produced in geothermal power plants. The heat in geothermal energy is produced within the Earth's core and brought to the surface as water or steam by the digging of deep wells and the use of pumps.
10: Solar energy is energy produced from the sun that can be converted into heat and electricity. This is a renewable energy source that can be harnessed through photovoltaic cells and solar power plants.
12: Hydropower is energy produced from water. Energy is harnessed from the movement of water which can then be used to generate electricity. Hydrowpower can be harnessed by a few dams, hydro-electric generators, tidal turbines, and wave power devices.
14: All information and photos came from the U.S Energy Information Administration at http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=2.