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Introduction to Energy Science and Technology - Bradford Campus: Learn About Energy

A guide of resources and information to help freshman students complete a research paper in Dr. Matthew Kropf's ES 0112: Introduction to Energy Science and Technology Class

Renewable Energy

Poplar tree being harvested for cellulosic biofuel feedstock
Image by David Hicks obtained from National Renewable Energy Laboratory Photo# 18411
Biomass— burning or converting wood/wood waste, crops/crop waste, municipal solid waste, manure, landfill gas, to usable sources such as biogas, ethanol, and biodiesel
Switchgrass can yield almost twice as much ethanol as corn, estimates geneticist Ken Vogel, who is conducting breeding and genetics research on switchgrass to improve its biomass yield and its ability to recycle carbon as a renewable energy crop.Photo by Brett Hampton.

 

Photo Credit:  Brett Hampton, USDA Agricultural Research Service (Public Domain)
Biofuels—transportation fuels made from biomass materials that are blended with petroleum fuels or can be used alone
Ice Harbor Dam.  Hydropower produces 10% of the nations energy. Hydropower—using the force of flowing water to generate electricity
Image by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers obtained from National Renewable Energy Laboratory Photo# 06595
Geothermal power plant at the Geysers near Santa Rosa in northern California, the world's largest electricity -generating geothermal development. Geothermal—capturing the earth's heat to create/generate power and to create heating and cooling systems

Image by Calpine Corporation obtained from National Renewable Energy Laboratory Photo# 17270

Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm in California. The 705-megawatt farm is composed of about 5,000 wind turbines Wind—using the earth's wind currents to generate electricity
Image by David Hicks obtained from National Renewable Energy Laboratory Photo# 18455
Zero energy habitat home; NREL's 2005 Habitat for Humanity house Solar—using the sun's energy for electricity generation, heating water and solar cooling

Image by Pete Beverly obtained from National Renewable Energy Laboratory Photo# 14163

Non-Renewable Energy

Nuclear technicians work through a glovebox on radioactive components at INL's Materials and Fuels Complex

Nuclear Power—Energy from the nucleus of a Uranium atom released through nuclear fusion and nuclear fission to make electricity

Photo by:Idaho National Laboratory
Public Domain Photos
 

Non-Renewable Energy (Fossil Fuels)

Oil Drilling Platform in the Santa Barbara CA Channel.

Crude Oil—Refined into

Photo by: Mike Baird, Flicker.com
Natural gas drilling

Natural Gas—The main ingredient in natural gas is methane, a compound composed of one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms

By products:

Photo by: Roy Luck, Flicker.com
Photographic Information Exchange
Bench Coal Mining Coal—combustible black or brownish-black sedimentary rock composed mostly of carbon and hydrocarbons

Photo by: Emilian Robert Vicol
Public Domain Photos