Have you ever thought about how important energy is? We are increasingly dependent on power for many tasks in everyday life. Read more about man’s relationship with power resources through history.
With our energy needs increasing, what if the energy sources we are using run out? We presently rely heavily on coal, oil and gas for energy, which are all non-renewable sources, however it’s important for our energy resources to be sustainable. We need to use renewable energy sources wherever we can, rather than non-renewable.
What is the difference between renewable and non-renewable sources of power? This simple video gives you the idea.
Let’s look in more detail at some of those renewable energy resources.
Here are some easy to understand websites that can help you understand this topic:
Kids & Energy – a basic introduction to renewable energy: solar, wind, biomass, hydro, geothermal, ocean.
Alliant Energy Kids – lots of interesting facts about renewable energy sources, including historical information and statistics about wind, biomass, hydro, geothermal and solar power.
The video below is a recap of what we’ve learned so far about renewable energy:
The websites below deal with our topic in more depth:
Renewable energy (U.S. Department of Energy) – solar, wind, water, bioenergy, geothermal, hydrogen and fossil fuels energy information.
Renewable energy (ThinkQuest) – deals with Hydroelectric, Solar, Biomass, Wind and Geothermal energy.
Learn about renewable energy (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) – solar, wind, biomass, hydrogen, geothermal, ocean, and hydropower.
Renewable Energy for America (Natural Resources Defense Council) – U.S.-based, with lots of interesting facts and information about wind, solar, biomass energy and cellulosic ethanol, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, wave and tidal energy resources.
Types of renewable energy (Renewable Energy World.com)
Understand the basics of wind and wind power (Wind-Hommocks Earth Science Department):
Renewable energy (Australian Government. Clean Energy Future Plan) – Australia’s renewable energy targets, news, Q & A.
Energy Matters – Australia’s targets (eRET) and specific types of renewable energy sources
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA – Australian Government agency) – What is renewable energy, projects and initiatives, news articles.
Renewable energy news, articles and information (Natural News.com)
The energy challenge (New York Times) – a series of articles about the challenge of responsibly providing energy for our needs.