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Ch 14: Renewable Resources

About This Chapter

Watch enlightening online video lessons, and take the quizzes that follow each lesson to test your growing knowledge. In this chapter, learn about the different aspects of renewable resources.

Renewable Resources - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

You've probably heard a lot about nonrenewable energy and how people need to start thinking about the future when such resources are not available for energy use. What will we do when oil, coal and other nonrenewable energy sources run out? Will we live in a world with no electricity, no gasoline and no other sources of energy? It's not likely we would be able to survive for long since we are so accustomed to having our energy needs easily met. This is why there is a push to discover alternate, renewable energy resources. These renewable resources are discussed in this chapter, along with discussion on how to preserve the energy we currently have. The resources covered include:

  • Solar power
  • Wind power
  • Biomass energy
  • Hydropower
  • Geothermal energy
  • Tidal energy

VideoObjective
Solar Energy: Understanding Active and Passive Solar Heating Study how solar energy is used in passive and active ways.
What Are Solar Panels? - Photovoltaic Solar Cells and Solar Thermal Electric Generation Examine the advantages and disadvantages of photovoltaic solar cells and solar thermal electric generation in converting solar energy into electricity.
Renewable Energy and Solar Generated Hydrogen: How Fuel Cells Work Explore how fuel cells work.
Biomass for Renewable Energy: Pros and Cons Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of biomass energy.
Wind Energy vs. Hydropower: Pros and Cons of Two Renewable Energy Sources Find out about wind energy and hydropower.
Geothermal and Tidal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages Take a look at geothermal energy and tidal energy.
Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency: Examples and Differences Discover the differences between energy conservation and energy efficiency.
Conserving Energy at Home: How to Be More Energy Efficient Analyze the ways to conserve energy at home.

10 Lessons in Chapter 14: Renewable Resources
What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons

1. What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons

Learn about solar energy and how charged particles from the sun travel to Earth to provide heat and light. Explore solar energy as a direct and indirect energy source and examine the pros and cons of harvesting solar energy for other uses.

What Are Solar Panels? - Photovoltaic Solar Cells and Solar Thermal Electric Generation

2. What Are Solar Panels? - Photovoltaic Solar Cells and Solar Thermal Electric Generation

How do devices take advantage of the sun's abundant energy? Learn about photovoltaic solar cells and solar thermal electric generation and how these technologies can be used to convert solar energy into heat and electricity.

Solar Energy: Understanding Active and Passive Solar Heating

3. Solar Energy: Understanding Active and Passive Solar Heating

Solar energy is the energy we harness from the sun. We can use this energy to heat our homes. Learn about the design elements needed for passive solar heating and the equipment needed for active solar heating.

Biomass for Renewable Energy: Pros and Cons

4. Biomass for Renewable Energy: Pros and Cons

Biomass is organic material that can be used to generate heat, electricity, and even fuel. In this lesson, you will learn about the advantages of this abundant and renewable energy source as well as the disadvantages.

Wind Energy: Pros and Cons

5. Wind Energy: Pros and Cons

Wind energy is a renewable form of energy that involves harnessing the natural energy of the wind. Learn how wind is used to generate electricity and the pros and cons of this energy source.

Hydropower: Pros and Cons

6. Hydropower: Pros and Cons

Hydropower is power generated from moving water. Learn how this energy from water can be harnessed by hydropower plants to generate electricity as well as the pros and cons of this renewable energy source.

Geothermal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

7. Geothermal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

Geothermal energy is heat energy that is stored within the earth. Learn the methods being used to tap into this thermal energy to heat buildings and generate electricity as well as the advantages and disadvantages of this renewable energy source.

Tidal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

8. Tidal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

The tides move a massive amount of water, and the energy from this moving water, known as tidal energy, can be captured and converted into electricity. Learn how tidal energy works and the advantages and disadvantages of this energy source.

Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency: Examples and Differences

9. Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency: Examples and Differences

Saving energy is an important topic, but energy conservation and energy efficiency are not the same thing. Learn what the difference is and some examples of both energy conservation and energy efficiency.

Conserving Energy at Home: How to Be More Energy Efficient

10. Conserving Energy at Home: How to Be More Energy Efficient

Are you wondering how to make your home more energy efficient? Follow these measures to conserve energy, prevent energy loss, and make your home more comfortable, all while saving money.

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