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Coal-fired power stations

Find out how a coal-fired power station makes electricity. This animated video in 11 parts shows the components and processes in a coal-fired power station. The narration explains what happens at each stage. Most of the statistical information and examples relate to locations in Queensland.

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Reacting to emergencies

Operate controls for a simulated nuclear reactor. Regulate coolant flow and position of control rods. Respond to mechanical failures and other emergencies. Ensure safe operation and avoid a meltdown. This learning object is one in a series of two learning objects.

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Power stations

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources is divided into four sections: fossil fuel power stations; nuclear power stations; power stations using renewable energy; and comparing power stations. It contains maps, information sheets, learning objects and videos exploring the locations of power stations of all types, ...

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Guthega power station junction box, 1954

This is a photograph of three Snowy Mountains Scheme workers connecting electric cables at the Guthega power station, New South Wales. It was taken by the Australian News and Information Bureau in 1954.

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Digging drainage trenches in Canberra, 1929

This is a black-and-white photograph of men digging drainage trenches along a power line in Forrest, a Canberra suburb, in 1929. In the foreground three men are digging in a trench. In the distant background, partly hidden by trees, is the Kingston Power House.

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Kodak factory Powerhouse, 1940s-50s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the interior of the Powerhouse at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, possibly around the 1940s-50s. The Powerhouse was a power station that provided all the power and refrigeration for the factory. Three large turbines are in the foreground of the photograph, bearing ...

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Electrical control panel, c1923

This is an electrical control panel unit, protected by a grille, at the Spotswood Pumping Station.

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Coal-fired energy plant

Build a coal-fired energy plant by moving images into the correct position. This is an interactive diagram showing how a power station works. Students arrange components in the correct order, then select captions to match.

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Windy Hill wind farm

This is a colour photograph of three wind generators, part of a field of 20 near Ravenshoe on the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland. The generators are mounted on 44-metre towers and have rotor diameters of 46 metres. They are able to generate 12 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 3,500 homes.

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How do we use coal?

Find out how many things in your life depend on coal. This short video details some of the common uses of coal, such as in the production of cosmetics, plastics and steel as well as in power stations to generate electricity.

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Oxyfuel combustion

This fact sheet describes oxyfuel combustion, the technology that burns fuel in almost pure oxygen. Because this makes it easier to capture carbon dioxide from flue gas, there is the potential to achieve near-zero carbon dioxide emissions from the production of coal-fired electricity. A diagram illustrating this process ...

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Low-emission energy technologies: an introduction

This is a teaching unit, designed for year 10, aimed at engaging students in investigations about low-emission energy sources. A unit outline, teacher guidelines, student activity and an assessment task are provided.

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Coal and its uses

Find out where we get the coal that powers our homes and industries. This is a PowerPoint presentation outlining how coal is formed, mined, processed and used. All slides contain images or maps. Teachers' notes are included.

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Map of fossil fuel power stations in Australia

This Google Earth interactive map shows the locations of all operating and proposed fossil fuel power stations in Australia. Each location is represented by name and an icon corresponding to the type of fuel used. Select an icon to view key information about the ownership and location of the facility.

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Visit a restored 19th-century cottage

Take a trip back in time to discover what some Australian homes looked like in the past. Visit an old miner's cottage that was built long ago. Explore the kitchen, the living room and the outdoor toilet. Imagine what your life would be like if you grew up in this home.

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Japanese tsunami's nuclear threat, 2011

Remember the earthquake and following tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 and damaged a nuclear power plant? Find out about the damage caused, what exploded and why, and the aftermath of the disaster. What debates about nuclear power plants were reignited by the events in Japan?

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Renewable energy islands

Do you know what an energy island is? Watch this clip to find out what it is, who is working to create one, and how it will produce renewable energy. As well as interviews with its Australian co-inventor and a CSIRO oceanographer, you will see computer-generated models of an energy island and how it will work.

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Steam or just a load of hot air?

Take a journey with two 2013 Sleek Geeks Eureka Science Schools Prize finalists, as they present their take on the history of steam power. See how they link steam power, the properties of water and the way energy is converted. WARNING: if flickering light affects you, you may be best to avoid watching this video.

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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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Primary Connections: Essential energy

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, how different energy sources are used to generate electrical energy, which can then be transformed. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for eight structured ...