Energy Resources 16

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Solar Power
the use of sunlight to generate electricity
Hydroelectric
energy made from waterpower, falling water
Geothermal
a form of power obtained from steam or hot water coming from within the earth's interior
fossil fuels
coal, oil, natural gas, and other fuels that are ancient remains of plants and animals and are used to produce electricity
renewable
energy resources that can be replaced as they are used; for example, wood and solar energy.
non-renewable
those energy sources that are not replaced by natural processes within a reasonable length of time
energy transformation
the process of changing one form of energy to another
inexhaustible
an energy source that will never run out, for example the sun
biomass
plant materials and animal waste used as fuel
mechanical energy
the amount of work an object can do because of the objects kinetic and potential energies
energy
The ability to do work or cause change.
electrical energy
the energy of moving electric charges
conservation
the preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources
chemical energy
energy released from chemical bonds
natural resource
materials found in nature that are used by living things
nuclear energy
Energy that is stored in the nucleus of an atom
fission
The splitting of an atomic nucleus to release energy.
fusion
A process in which the nuclei of two atoms combine to form a larger nucleus
generator
A machine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy