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Physics of Energy: Guide

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Possible Topics

Potential energy source research topics:

  • Biomass
  • Coal
  • Geothermal
  • Hydroelectric
  • Hydrogen/fuel cells
  • Natural gas
  • Nuclear
  • Oil
  • Solar
  • Tidal/Wave
  • Wind

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Physics of Energy Project

Physics eBooks

Energy

Biomass Energy

4 pagesEXCERPT, TOPIC OVERVIEW1250L

Biomass energy is created from plant material and animal waste such as wood, grasses, agricultural crops, urban waste, algae, and manure. The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that biomass is the most prevalent...

FromEnergy : In ContextSteven Joseph Archambault . Ed. Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, K. Lee Lerner, and Thomas Riggs .  Vol. 1.  In Context Series Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2016. 

The Gale Encyclopedia of Science

Energy

3 pagesTOPIC OVERVIEW

Energy is commonly defined as the capacity to do work. Since work is defined as the action of a force through a distance, energy can also be described as the ability to make a force act through a distance. For example, a...

FromThe Gale Encyclopedia of ScienceDavid E. Newton . Ed. K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner .  Vol. 3.  5th ed.  Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2014. 

Achieving Sustainability

Solar Power

7 pagesTOPIC OVERVIEW810L

In less than one hour, the earth receives enough radiation from the sun, or insolation, to meet humanity's energy needs for an entire year. The challenge is to capture, convert, and store as much of this vast supply of...

FromAchieving Sustainability : Visions, Principles, and PracticesKaat Vander Straeten . Ed. Debra Rowe .  Vol. 2.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 

Energy

Hydrogen Economy

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TOPIC

OVERVIEW1240L

A hydrogen economy refers to an economic system in which a principal energy carrier is molecular hydrogen (H2). Proponents of a hydrogen economy see H2 playing a role similar to that of electric power in developed...

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Energy

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Koth . Ed. Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, K. Lee Lerner, and Thomas Riggs .  Vol. 1.  In Context Series Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2016. 

Energy

Coal

4 pagesTOPIC OVERVIEW1100L

Coal is a fossil fuel formed from the remains of trees and leafy plants in vast swamps that existed around 300 million years ago, when Earth was warmer and wetter. It is a hard, rocklike material that burns to give heat,...

FromEnergy : In ContextSusan Aldridg . Ed. Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, K. Lee Lerner, and Thomas Riggs .  Vol. 1.  In Context Series Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2016. 

Energy

Natural Gas

6 pagesTOPIC OVERVIEW1230L

Natural gas is a fossil fuel, extracted from the ground and then used for energy. Natural gas, a nonrenewable fuel source, is formed when layers of decomposed plant and animal matter are exposed to intense heat and...

FromEnergy : In ContextMelanie R. Plenda . Ed. Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, K. Lee Lerner, and Thomas Riggs .  Vol. 2. In Context Series Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2016. 

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