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Energy Science Made Simple...Ben Wiens...innovation consultant...innovating through synergy...value innovation, theory, applications, physics, chemistry, biology, wavicle, field, substratum, thermodynamics, temperature, force, entropy, perpetual, motion,

REASONS FOR A THEORY OF EVERYTHING It is a well known fact that Einstein's Special Relativity and General Relativity are not complete theories of the universe. Fossil Fuels Archives - IER. Fossil fuels—coal, petroleum oil, and natural gas — are concentrated organic compounds found in the Earth’s crust.

Fossil Fuels Archives - IER

Fossil fuels make modern life possible. The Institute for Energy Research conducts in-depth economic and policy research on energy and environmental issues. US Reports 'Unprecedented' Success With Methane Hydrate. U.S.

US Reports 'Unprecedented' Success With Methane Hydrate

Geological Survey Scientists have been studying methane hydrates for years, including this drill used to estimate how much there might be under the Arctic permafrost. Could the future of cleaner fossil fuel really be frozen crystals now trapped in ocean sediments and under permafrost? Backed by an oil industry giant, the Obama administration recently tested a drilling technique in Alaska's Arctic that it says might eventually unlock "a vast, entirely untapped resource that holds enormous potential for U.S. economic and energy security. " Some experts believe the reserves could provide domestic fuel for hundreds of years to come. Program. What lessons from the IT revolution should inform the future of energy technology?


How can the information and communication technology industry address the energy issues it faces? 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit. DOE - Fossil Energy: DOE - Fossil Energy: How Fossil Fuels Were Formed. Contrary to what many people believe, fossil fuels are not the remains of dead dinosaurs.

DOE - Fossil Energy: How Fossil Fuels Were Formed

In fact, most of the fossil fuels we find today were formed millions of years before the first dinosaurs. Fossil fuels, however, were once alive! They were formed from prehistoric plants and animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. Think about what the Earth must have looked like 300 million years or so ago. The land masses we live on today were just forming. When these ancient living things died, they decomposed and became buried under layers and layers of mud, rock, and sand.

During the millions of years that passed, the dead plants and animals slowly decomposed into organic materials and formed fossil fuels. For example, oil and natural gas were created from organisms that lived in the water and were buried under ocean or river sediments. Solar cell. Solar cells can be used in devices such as this portable monocrystalline solar charger.

Solar cell

A monocrystalline solar cell A solar cell (also called a photovoltaic cell) is an electrical device that converts the energy of light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect. It is a form of photoelectric cell (in that its electrical characteristics—e.g. current, voltage, or resistance—vary when light is incident upon it) which, when exposed to light, can generate and support an electric current without being attached to any external voltage source, but do require an external load for power consumption.

The term "photovoltaic" comes from the Greek φῶς (phōs) meaning "light", and from "volt", the unit of electro-motive force, the volt, which in turn comes from the last name of the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta, inventor of the battery (electrochemical cell). The term "photo-voltaic" has been in use in English since 1849.[1] Building block of a solar panel[edit] Dr. [edit] Theory[edit] Solar Panel Comparison, Most Efficient Solar Panels. Where to Get Solar Panels Solar panels are the future and there’s no better time to get solar panels installed on your home or building.

Solar Panel Comparison, Most Efficient Solar Panels

The founder of PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, is confident that “solar will beat everything, hands down, including natural gas.” The only question now is, “where can I get solar panels for myself?” The answer is simply to contact a handful of solar installers in your area and pick the one you trust most. The problem is, how do you know if the installer is good or not? These are the first recommendations I would give my Mom or Dad if they asked me to recommend a solar installer for them.

Read the rest of this entry » Top 26 Most Efficient Solar Inverters Of the top 26 most efficient solar inverters 20 are SMA inverters. Read the rest of this entry » Top 10 Most Popular Solar Panel Manufacturers There has been a shaking out period going on for a while in the solar industry. Read the rest of this entry » Solar Panel Efficiency and Life. Renewable Energy. A clean energy revolution is taking place across America, underscored by the steady expansion of the U.S. renewable energy sector.

Renewable Energy

The clean energy industry generates hundreds of billions in economic activity, and is expected to continue to grow rapidly in the coming years. There is tremendous economic opportunity for the countries that invent, manufacture and export clean energy technologies. Responsible development of all of America’s rich energy resources -- including solar, wind, geothermal, bioenergy and water -- is an important part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and will help ensure America’s continued leadership in clean energy. Moving forward, the Energy Department will continue to drive strategic investments in the transition to a cleaner, domestic and more secure energy future.

Renewables_overview. Hydroelectric Power: How it works, USGS Water Science for Schools. So just how do we get electricity from water?

Hydroelectric Power: How it works, USGS Water Science for Schools

Actually, hydroelectric and coal-fired power plants produce electricity in a similar way. In both cases a power source is used to turn a propeller-like piece called a turbine, which then turns a metal shaft in an electric generator, which is the motor that produces electricity. How Geothermal Energy Works. Contents1.

How Geothermal Energy Works

The Geothermal Resource2. How Geothermal Energy Is Captured3. The Future of Geothermal Energy Introduction Heat from the earth can be used as an energy source in many ways, from large and complex power stations to small and relatively simple pumping systems. Many regions of the world are already tapping geothermal energy as an affordable and sustainable solution to reducing dependence on fossil fuels, and the global warming and public health risks that result from their use. How Do Wind Turbines Work. Have you ever wondered how wind turbines actually work? In this article we aim to explain the process that enables these devices to convert wind energy into useable electricity. Wind turbines work in essentially the same way as an electric fan, however instead of using electricity to turn a fan which will create a gust, we are using wind energy (the gust) to turn a fan that will create electricity.

The Inside of a Wind Turbine As you can see above, a wind turbine features a large compartment that the blades are attached to via a rotary device. This rotary device is often connected to a pitch system that is able to point the entire blade system either upwards or downwards in order to be more efficient during different wind patterns. The rotary device is connected to a shaft which will be linked to a gearbox. Wind Program: How Wind Turbines Work. The Energy Story - Introduction. Energy is one of the most fundamental parts of our universe. We use energy to do work. Energy lights our cities. The Energy Story - Chapter 6: Turbines, Generators and Power Plants. As we learned in Chapter 2, electricity flows through wires to light our lamps, run TVs, computers and all other electrical appliances. But where does the electricity come from? In this chapter, we'll learn how electricity is generated in a power plant. In the next few chapters, we'll learn about the various resources that are used to make the heat to produce electricity.

In Chapter 7, we'll learn how the electricity gets from the power plant to homes, school and businesses. Thermal power plants have big boilers that burn a fuel to make heat. Power Plants. Electricity is actually the flow or movement of electrons through a material. Electric generating plants typically produce electricity using magnetic conduction. This happens when a large number of conductive wires are spun around inside a magnetic field, causing electrons to move (i.e., electricity to flow). In a generating plant, the potential energy of various types of fuels (fossil, nuclear, or renewable) is converted into another form of energy (usually mechanical or heat energy). This energy is used to turn fan-like blades inside a turbine.

These blades are attached to a pole-like shaft.

Education Standards

Energy_Literacy_1.0_High_Res. Energy_Literacy_1.0_Low_Res. Fossil Fuels. The Institute for Energy Research conducts in-depth economic and policy research on energy and environmental issues. The follow studies provide an extensive analysis of fossil fuels as an energy resource, their impact on markets, and their importance in energy policy debates. Below these studies is an in-depth overview of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels—coal, petroleum (oil), and natural gas — are concentrated organic compounds found in the Earth’s crust. They are created from the remains of plants and animals that lived millions of years ago in the form of concentrated biomass. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), fossil fuels meet around 82 percent [i] of U.S. energy demand. Fossil fuels make modern life possible. Scattered records of the use of coal date to at least 1100 BC. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Home Page.

Michael Mann, From The Trenches Of The 'Climate War' Copyright © 2012 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Home Page. USGS Energy Resources Program > Energy Resources Program. Energy Sources. Research. Science and technology for a clean energy future Enabling basic research is needed to underpin critical breakthroughs that can fundamentally alter energy systems, at large scale, several decades into the future, and to accelerate the implied transformations. Such pre-competitive research has a time scale well suited to the university environment, both because its impact is often beyond the time horizon for individual firms and because it prepares future leaders of forefront research. Many of the expressed faculty interests fall in this part of the portfolio: