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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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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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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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Ocean energy

This is a resource about ocean energy that includes sections on Tidal energy, Wave energy, Ocean thermal energy, World ocean energy market, and Australia's ocean energy resources. Links on the right-hand side of the resource provide additional related resources including publications and websites. The resource is part of ...

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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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Renewable energy

Humans have used fossil fuels since around 1000 BC but our natural resources are ever-decreasing. There's never been a more important time to learn about solar, wind, hydro and other renewable energies.

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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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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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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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Make it go: energy source: assessment

Find out what you know about energy and what makes things work. Match a machine to its use and identify what makes it go. Answer true/false questions to show what you know about types of energy. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object is one in a series of two objects.

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Sites2See: Exploring energy for Secondary

One webpage with links to sites with interactive resources, information and activities to support the study of energy and the Climate Clever Energy Savers program

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Sun's energy

What is the relationship between mass and energy? Dr Derek Muller uses the sun as an example to explain Einstein's famous formula, E=mc2.

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Energy and the solar challenge

The way we live depends on energy but we can't see or touch it. Discover how early scientists unravelled the mystery of energy that allows us to harness its power to improve our lives. Track the development of energy converters from massive steam-driven engines through to the high technology of solar energy used in the ...

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Sites2See: Exploring energy for Primary

One page with links to websites with interactive resources, information and activities to support primary students investigating energy and the Climate Clever Energy Savers program.

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Sustainable energy resources

This is a compilation of five teaching sequences about energy sources that people use to meet their daily needs. It includes sections on: the energy sources used at home and in communities; the emission of greenhouse gases; the greenhouse effect; energy sources that can be used to produce electricity and power; two renewable ...

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Energy: renewable and non-renewable resources

Compare the advantages and disadvantages of using renewable and non-renewable energy resources. This PowerPoint presentation, with accompanying teacher notes, outlines the characteristics of a range of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. It describes the positives and negatives of using renewable energy sources ...

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Energy efficiency in homes

Find out how to save energy at home and reduce your carbon footprint. This fact sheet describes strategies that can be used in the home to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Renewable sources of energy

This is a worksheet consisting of a blank data table designed for students to record information resulting from their research into renewable energy resources. It specifies the types of energy resources to be investigated and suggests topics for research focus.