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Energy chains: energy use

Select energy sources and energy converters to build energy chains to power appliances and vehicles. Examine how each energy converter in a chain loses some energy and reduces the energy available for use. For example, show that using a solar panel and an electric motor to drive a car delivers only 16% of the original ...

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Check your wind

Use a wind generator to create power for a lighthouse. Set the blade length and angle of the blade to the wind to suit wind speed for one year. Try to maximise energy efficiency of the wind generator so that enough electricity is created to power the lighthouse, while at the same time minimising the use of diesel fuel. ...

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Energy chains: make electricity

Build up to six energy chains that make electricity. Select from different energy sources and choose energy converters to match. Examine the type of energy change that happens in each converter. Arrange the converters into the correct chain so that the energy can be delivered as electricity. For example, construct a chain ...

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Energy changes

This is a digital version of a chapter from a textbook about different types of energy transformations. The resource discusses and provides everyday examples of changing energy from one form to another, the law of conservation of energy and the efficiency of energy transformations. Short practical activities are described ...

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Energy efficiency in industry

Find out how industries can reduce their carbon footprints. This is an information sheet describing practices that can be used by industry to make energy use more efficient and thus reduce power bills as well as lowering greenhouse-gas emissions. A number of examples from the mining industry, such as the redesign of dragline ...

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Clean Energy fact sheets

This resource is a web page that contains links to fact sheets about clean energy and different forms of clean, renewable energy: wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, solar water heating, hydroelectricity, biomass, geothermal and marine energy. The resource also contains a link to a 14.5-minute video of a lecture presentation ...

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About bioenergy

This resource is a web page that includes information on clean energy sources including generating electricity using waste organic matter (biomass). Using sugar-cane offcuts as an example, the resource gives a brief description of one way in which organic waste can be used to generate electricity. It defines the terms bioenergy, ...

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Science Years 7–8 with Diana: Density

In this lesson, you will learn about a property of matter called density. Diana will conduct experiments to answer the question: “Why do things sink and float?” She’ll teach you how to calculate the density of objects, and she will then set you a density-experiment challenge to try at home!

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About solar thermal energy

This resource is a web page containing information about using the Sun's heat to generate electricity. It gives a brief description, with an annotated diagram, of focusing the Sun's rays with mirrors to heat a liquid to create steam, which can be used to drive a turbine to generate electricity. It also provides information ...

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About geothermal energy

This resource is a web page that includes information about generating electricity using the heat from beneath the Earth's surface. It gives a brief description, with an annotated diagram, of pumping water deep underground to extract heat from hot fractured rocks, and using the steam generated to drive a turbine. It also ...

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About marine energy

This resource is a web page containing information about using the ocean's currents, tides or waves to generate electricity. It gives a brief description, with annotated diagrams, of one system that uses the movement of water to push hydraulic pistons which drive turbines. It also provides information about the potential ...

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Back and forth: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This Connected Learning Experience is designed to investigate energy transformation and energy conservation by analysing the motion of a pendulum. The CLE provides teachers with an inquiry-based investigation supported by a teaching and learning plan, background information (including maths concepts, possible student misconceptions ...

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About hydroelectricity

This resource is a web page contains information about generating electricity using the energy of flowing water. It gives a brief description, with an annotated diagram, of the way in which the potential energy of water in a dam can be used to drive a turbine to generate electricity. It also provides information about hydroelectric ...

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Donuts and exercise

Peter Rowsthorn visits Dr Deborah Kerr at the WA Institute of Sport to answer the question 'How long does it take to walk off a donut?' Join Pete as he walks, jogs, rows and swims to burn off the energy from a single iced donut. As Dr Kerr takes Pete through his paces, learn how metabolic rate and muscle mass affect weight gain.

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About wind energy

This resource is a web page containing information about using wind energy to generate electricity. It gives a brief description, with an annotated diagram, of how a wind turbine is used to generate electricity, and provides information about wind energy production and use in Australia. There is a link to a printable PDF ...

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Australian businesses generating renewable energy

Imagine how much Australia could reduce its carbon emissions if every business generated its own electricity from renewable energy sources. It's now possible for large and small businesses to do just that. In this audio file, listen to how Elgo Estate wines reduced carbon emissions by installing a wind turbine, even generating ...

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Electricity generation from geothermal energy in Australia

This is an online information resource that explains how electricity is generated from geothermal sources in Australia and includes three diagrams supporting and demonstrating the information provided in the text. It contains six sections: Geothermal systems; Potential advantages of geothermal power generation in Australia; ...

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Make your own rocket fuel...!?!

You know what happens when the pressure in a bottle reaches extreme levels: KABOOM! Discover with Ruben and Bernie how mixing together some everyday household chemicals can fuel a fizzy fountain or a model rocket, with spectacular results. This is chemistry in motion.

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Forms of energy: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

In this investigation, different forms of energy and how they can be transformed from one form to another are investigated through examining the transformations involved in hydroelectricity. Students explore common ‘energy transformation’ devices and recognise that not all energy transformations are useful.

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Solar power

Have you ever imagined how much energy the Sun outputs every day? Listen as Dr Charles Lineweaver, from the Planetary Science Institute at ANU, describes why a solar farm based in space can capture and use more of the Sun's enormous energy potential.