13 terms

GCSE strategies to increase energy supply


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Renewable energy
energy from a source that is not depleted when used, such as wind or solar power.
Non renewable energy
A source of energy that has a finite supply capable of being exhausted
Nuclear Power
energy from splitting Uranium atoms, limited pollution of atmosphere but leaves radioactive waste
Solar Power
energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy
Wind Power
energy from the wind - the wind turns giant windmill type blades creating electricity.
Geothermal power
power generated using steam produced by heat emanating from the molten core of the earth
The pumping of water at high pressure to break apart rocks in order to release natural gas
Tidal power
Electricity generated by the movement of sea water caused by the tides
The splitting of an atomic nucleus to release energy.
Fusion Power
high energy reactions in which two lighter atomic nuclei fuse to form a heavier nucleus. Currently experimental
Combined-cycle systems
power stations that are still powered by fossil fuels but that reuse heat that would otherwise be wasted. Can be 50% more efficient
hydroelectric power, electricity that is generated by the force of descending (falling) water
Biomass power
Renewable organic materials, such as wood, agricultural crops or wastes, especially when used as a source of fuel or energy.