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Renewable energy

Humans have used fossil fuels since around 1000 BC but our natural resources are ever-decreasing. There's never been a more important time to learn about solar, wind, hydro and other renewable energies.

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Renewable energy islands

Do you know what an energy island is? Watch this clip to find out what it is, who is working to create one, and how it will produce renewable energy. As well as interviews with its Australian co-inventor and a CSIRO oceanographer, you will see computer-generated models of an energy island and how it will work.

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Five things you should know about renewable energy

Check out how we make electricity, the different renewable energy sources we have developed and how batteries work. Then, find out about hydro-electricity and why Australia could one day be the world’s biggest exporter of renewable energy. Lastly, discover virtual power plants. Why is it important to focus on renewable ...

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Working towards a renewable energy future

Listen to electrical engineering student Kulsoom Hussain describe her dream career. What are some of the challenges she says she'll face in trying to achieve her goals? What can you find out about the energy sources used in Australia? How much renewable energy is used to power our country?

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Renewable Energy Sources - iTunes app

Find out about renewable energies such as wind, water, solar and biomass energy including how they provide energy, development of energy technology and environmental impacts in the electronic book. scientists and inventors involved. Explore some real-world engineering feats involved in producing today's energy supplies, ...

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Renewable Energy Sources - Google Play app

Find out about renewable energies such as wind, water, solar and biomass energy including how they provide energy, development of energy technology and environmental impacts in the electronic book. scientists and inventors involved. Explore some real-world engineering feats involved in producing today's energy supplies, ...

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Energy chains: energy use

Select energy sources and energy converters to build energy chains to power appliances and vehicles. Examine how each energy converter in a chain loses some energy and reduces the energy available for use. For example, show that using a solar panel and an electric motor to drive a car delivers only 16% of the original ...

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Energy chains: make electricity

Build up to six energy chains that make electricity. Select from different energy sources and choose energy converters to match. Examine the type of energy change that happens in each converter. Arrange the converters into the correct chain so that the energy can be delivered as electricity. For example, construct a chain ...

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Check your wind

Use a wind generator to create power for a lighthouse. Set the blade length and angle of the blade to the wind to suit wind speed for one year. Try to maximise energy efficiency of the wind generator so that enough electricity is created to power the lighthouse, while at the same time minimising the use of diesel fuel. ...

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Freeplay wind-up radio, 2001

This is a 'Freeplay S360 Self Powered' wind-up AM/FM radio, with instruction booklet and packaging, manufactured from plastic and metal by Freeplay Energy Group of South Africa in 2001. The unit is encased in clear plastic with black buttons. Ports for power supply and a keyhole for winding can be seen.

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Developing geothermal energy in Australia, 2013

Renewable energies like hydro, wind and solar are continuing to replace the more traditional, coal-based energies. Geothermal energy is a type of 'green energy' likely to be an important source of power in Australia's future. In this clip from mid-2013, find out how this technology works. Learn also about its development ...

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What is clean energy?

This resource is a web page about low greenhouse gas emission (clean) energy resources. It differentiates between clean and dirty and renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and describes the importance of using clean-energy sources and of government initiatives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It contains links ...

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How we use energy

This resource is a web page that introduces some ways in which energy is used to maintain our current lifestyle and produce consumer goods. It considers the mass production of goods, a brief history of fossil-fuel usage, the energy sources used in Australia and the energy required to produce clean water. Links to relevant ...

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Hydrogen and its properties

Imagine the possibilities if we could turn the most abundant element in the universe into a source of fuel. Watch as the Surfing Scientist, Ruben Meerman, investigates the properties of hydrogen and then demonstrates its potential as a fuel when he sets fire to hydrogen-filled soap bubbles.

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Pee-ple power

This resource is a webpage about using human waste to generate electricity. It outlines the use of urine in a fuel cell, the production of gas from raw sewage and the development of a self-sufficient toilet that separates wastes. The resource contains links to sites that describe each of these projects in greater depth.

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Solar power

Have you ever imagined how much energy the Sun outputs every day? Listen as Dr Charles Lineweaver, from the Planetary Science Institute at ANU, describes why a solar farm based in space can capture and use more of the Sun's enormous energy potential.

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Cow pow-er

This resource is a web page about using animal waste as a energy source. It contains a brief introduction to the topic and a link to a video that describes a small community project that generates biogas for use in cooking and lighting in homes in a village in Honduras. The resource also contains another link to a web page ...

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Tidal power

Journey to Bathurst Island where strong tidal currents can be found in the Apsley Strait. Observe how the Nguiu community is investigating the use of tidal power to provide their electricity needs instead of using non-renewable and expensive fossil fuels.

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Small town cools on planned wind farm

Plans to develop a wind farm is dividing the community of King Island. Through community consultation, Hydro Tasmania tries to allay fears about the development. Listen to the different points of view and find out more about this large scale development in this clip from 2013.

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Algae farming: producing biofuel from algae

Did you know it's possible to make fuel from algae? Watch this clip to find out why the Pilbara region in Western Australia is considered an ideal location for an algae biofuel production plant. Discover what is required to make it a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels.