Methods of Converting Energy to Electricity

There are basically six popular ways to convert energy to electricity:

• Mechanical - wind turning blades connected to a generator

• Chemical - batteries, fuel cells, anaerobic digesters (biomass)

• Combustion - burning fuel to generate steam (heat) to drive a generator

• Hydro - running water over the turbine blades connected to a generator

• Heat - creating steam which in turn operates a generator

• Photovoltaic - extracting electricity from the sun using semiconductor materials

As you may have already guessed, these methods overlap one another somewhat, but these are the common ways to generate electricity that routinely power our homes, cars and electronic appliances.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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    What are the method of converting electricity?
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