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Energy Sources

Energy is the vital force powering our society, industry and eventually our day to day life. Broadly, energy sources can be classified as non-renewable and renewable sources. Non-renewable energy sources are those that can not be replenished (made again) in a short period of time. Petroleum (crude oil), coal, natural gas and Uranium are examples of non-renewable energy sources. Renewable energy sources can be replenished in a short period of time. For example, solar energy, wind, geothermal, hydropower and biomass are renewable energy sources.
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Sources Of Energy
Grade: 5 - 12
Lesson on sources of energy. Energy sources are systems which make energy in certain ways, for example a nuclear power station. The lesson explores three main energy sources - nuclear power, fossil fuels, and renewable sources. It explains the pros and cons of these energy sources.

The Story of Petroleum
Grade: 5 - 12
The presentation introduces and explains the processes involved in oil exploration, drilling and refining. Video footage was filmed in the Illinois Basin with scenes from a geologist's office, drilling rig, pumping unit, refinery, and more.

Crude Oil
Grade: 5 - 12
What is crude oil? Why does our world depend so extensively on this natural resource? Learn all about it in this video.

Natural Gas
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn about natural gas, its benefits and how it can be part of a cleaner energy future. Natural gas is a very efficient fuel to generate electricity, to power industry, to warm homes and even to fuel cars.

Fossil-Fuelled Electricity - How it Works
Grade: 5 - 12
The lesson explains how fossil fuels, especially coal, are used to generate electricity in thermal power plants.

How do you Make Electricity from Coal?
Grade: 5 - 12
How is electricity made from coal? This presentation with excellent 3D animation shows how a coal fueled power plant generates electricity.

Energy from Coal
Grade: 5 - 12
A video on surface coal mining and its effects on the environment. Watch the world's largest machines that are used to extract coal to generate electricity. But such open mining has major consequences in form of serious and extensive environmental damage.

Alternative Energy
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn about the new wave of renewable energy technologies that aim to produce energy that's clean, renewable, and most importantly, affordable.

Electricity from All Types of Renewable Sources
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn about a new high-tech power station that delivers both electricity and heat from many sources of renewable energy including ethanol, biodiesel and fuel cells.

Wind, Hydro-electric and Geothermal Power
Grade: 5 - 12
Easy to understand presentation on alternative energy sources such as wind, hydro-electric, and geothermal power.

How Solar Power Works?
Grade: 5 - 12
The video explains how home solar panels work.

Solar Power 101 - How does Sunlight turn into Electricity?
Grade: 5 - 12
A short explanation of solar photovoltaic systems and how they work.

Introduction to Solar Photovoltaic Energy
Grade: 5 - 12
A short introduction to solar photovoltaic energy generation.

Solar Thermal Energy: Harnessing Power of the Sun
Grade: 5 - 12
The video shows the use of solar thermal energy for heating in Europe. It provides a good overview of this clean energy technology with feedback from its users and manufacturers.

Solar Thermal Power Plant
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn about solar thermal power generation. The video looks at a solar thermal power plant based on power tower concept in Spain.

How Wind Turbines Work - 3D Animation
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn how wind turbines make electricity out of the wind - a prominent clean, renewable energy source.

Hydroelectric Power - How it Works?
Grade: 5 - 12
A lesson on hydroelectric power generation. Learn how hydroelectric generating stations produce electricity.

How Hydroelectricity is Made?
Grade: 5 - 12
The presentation explains how hydroelectricity works and produces clean energy.

Hydroelectric Documentary
Grade: 5 - 12
Animated explanation of how a hydroelectric plant works.

Nuclear Power Plant - How it Works?
Grade: 5 - 12
Lesson on nuclear energy. Learn how a nuclear power generating station works.

Nuclear Energy - How it Works?
Grade: 5 - 12
Explore the inner workings of a nuclear power plant, learn about fuel rods, nuclear waste and how electricity is generated from nuclear energy.

How a Geothermal Plant Works?
Grade: 5 - 12
Lesson on geothermal energy generation. Learn how a geothermal power plant works.

Harness the Waves
Grade: 5 - 12
The energy carried through ocean waves offers great opportunity. Learn about wave power systems that make use of the motion of the waves to generate electricity.

Biofuels - Ethanol
Grade: 5 - 12
Ever wondered how does a growing crop turn into a liquid that fuels my car? In this short animated presentation, get the step-by-step explanation about how ethanol is made.

Biofuels from Algae
Grade: 5 - 12
A look at potential of producing biofuels from algae. It shows how oil can be extracted from algae and refined into sustainable biofuels.

Oil Shale
Grade: 5 - 12
The presentation examines the benefits of America's oil shale development. Energy is the life blood of our society and we need to consider all forms of alternative energy, such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, biofuels, as well as oil shale.

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