Electric Power Generation. Some of the materials in this document have been used with permission from the KidWind Project. . Why Isn’t Electricity Listed In This Table?. Electricity Is An Energy Carrier. Black Rock Solar Array at Pyramid Lake Museum. Lump of Coal.
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Electric Power Generation
Some of the materials in this document have been used with permission from the KidWind Project.
Why Isn’t Electricity Listed In This Table?
Electricity Is An Energy Carrier
Black Rock Solar Array at Pyramid Lake Museum
Lump of Coal
Spring Valley Wind Farm in Nevada
Common Energy Carriers
Frank A. Tracy Generating Station
Natural Gas-Fueled Power Plant 17 Miles East of Reno.
Mohave Generating Station,
Coal-Fueled Power Plant in
Thermal (Steam) Turbine Power Plant
1. Heat is made when fossil fuels are burned.
3. The steam makes turbine blades and shaft spin.
5. Before reusing, the water must cool. It is pumped to the top of a cooling tower, broken into drops. Up to 2% of water evaporates.
4. The generator converts mechanical energy into electrical energy using magnetic fields around a metal conductor.
2. Heat turns water into steam.
Electricity Is An Energy Carrier
Does All of Your Electricity Come from Your Local Power Plant?
Other sources of steam for thermal power plants
These high-temperature collectors concentrate sunlight using mirrors or lenses and are used for electric power production with steam turbine power plants.
Numana Fish Hatchery array built by Black Rock Solar
TMCC solar array built by Black Rock Solar
Electricity Consumption By Economic Sector 2010
U.S. Energy Information Administration / Annual Energy Review 2009
Tradeoffs: Environmental Impact ofNon-Renewable Energy Sources
Lake Mead has provided water for Hoover Dam since 1935. Does this look like a renewable or non-renewable energy source?
Surface mining for coal –
Coal companies also mine coal from mountains through a process called mountaintop removal mining where the top of a mountain is removed to extract the coal. Waste is disposed in nearby valleys and streams.
China’s air pollution has cut life expectancy by an average of 5.5 years in the north of the country and caused higher rates of lung cancer, heart attacks and strokes.
Great Smog of 1952 in London killed 4,075 people. Most victims died from respiratory or cardiovascular problems.
Reno, with an unhealthy layer of smog.
Natural Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing or “Fracking”
A homeowner in Granville Summit, Pennsylvania, holds up a glass of tap water containing high levels of methane, a concern for those who live near fracking sites.
Natural gas fire in San Francisco, CA in 2010. Killed 4 people, injured dozens of others, and leveled 37 homes.
This natural gas rig burning out of control in the Gulf of Mexico caught on fire July 23rd 2013.
The price of oil sands – devastated landscapes in Canada.
This is what happens to nuclear waste.
Following a major earthquake, a 50 ft. tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors in Japan, causing a nuclear accident on March 11, 2011. All three cores largely melted in the first three days. Nuclear reactors were leaking into the ocean after this disaster.