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

By John F. Mongillo

This multivolume source is a superb learn instrument for constructing a operating wisdom of uncomplicated power techniques and topics.

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

• offers strength timelines charting the old improvement of other power resources

• deals one hundred fifty targeted Illustrations of electrical autos and hydrogen gasoline cells plus 50 tables, and charts of data

• offers a couple of maps displaying the worldwide improvement of wind energy, solar energy, and geothermal power

• A bibliography of print and on-line assets is integrated for additional reading

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These countries include the United States, Brazil, Egypt, China, Finland, India, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, Iran, South Korea, and Vietnam. According to the World Nuclear Association, as of 2007 there are 442 nuclear power reactors worldwide. These reactors supply approximately 15 percent of the world’s electrical needs for more than 1 billion people without emitting any carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases during their operation. One of the major benefits of nuclear energy is that nuclear power plants can operate without contributing to climate change.

I grew up in the Midwest, mostly in Indiana and Ohio. My dad was an industrial engineer and always rigging up systems around the house to save energy, one of which was a device that would prevent the heating thermostat from being set above 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. My mom was a dietitian, and from an early age, I learned the downfalls of fast food. In seventh grade, my Girl Scout troop took a long bus trip throughout the Southwest. We hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and stayed at the Phantom Ranch by the Colorado River.

Energy and Energy Sources a 7 strikes a match to ignite wood in a stove, the burning wood releases chemical energy that generates heat and light. A toaster uses electrical energy and converts it to thermal energy to toast food. Heat, light, and electricity are the most common byproducts of these conversions and the transfer of energy. Multiple Conversions of Energy Energy can also go through multiple transformations or conversions. Let’s look at one example of a multiple conversion—wind energy.

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