A Student Guide to Energy [5 volumes] by John F. Mongillo

By John F. Mongillo

This multivolume source is a superb learn software for constructing a operating wisdom of uncomplicated strength options and topics.

• comprises interviews of academics, scholars, and businesspeople within the renewable strength fields

• offers power timelines charting the old improvement of alternative power assets

• bargains one hundred fifty specified Illustrations of electrical cars and hydrogen gas cells plus 50 tables, and charts of data

• provides a few maps displaying the worldwide improvement of wind strength, solar energy, and geothermal power

• A bibliography of print and on-line assets is incorporated for extra reading

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Coal power plants produce almost 50 percent of all electricity used in the United States. Solar power plants, wind farms, geothermal plants, and the burning of biomass such as trash for electrical power generate only about 2 percent of all electricity. The thermal power plants use coal, petroleum, and natural gas to convert water into steam. The steam is pumped through a pipe at high pressures to spin a generator, which makes the electricity. The nuclear power plant uses Energy and Energy Sources a 17 View of the massive Hoover Dam from a helicopter.

Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies use reflective materials to concentrate the sun’s heat energy. The heat eventually is used to drive a generator to produce electricity. Low-temperature solar collectors, such as active and passive solar energy systems, absorb the sun’s heat energy. The thermal energy is used directly for space heating or for hot water for homes and businesses. Refer to volume 2 in this series for more solar energy information. Hydroelectric Power Hydroelectric power uses the kinetic energy of flowing water to drive wheels or turbines to generate electricity.

6 a A Student Guide to Energy Electromagnetic energy. Electromagnetic energy consists of waves of electric and magnetic energy radiating through space and traveling at the speed of light. Thermal energy or heat. Geothermal energy is an example of thermal energy. The more atoms and molecules move in a gas, liquid, or solid, the more thermal energy there is in the material or substance. Sound. Sound is a form of kinetic energy in which molecules of air vibrate in a repeated pattern, causing the molecules to move in longitudinal wave patterns.

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