Text About geothermal energy

TLF ID M012967

This resource is a web page that includes information about generating electricity using the heat from beneath the Earth's surface. It gives a brief description, with an annotated diagram, of pumping water deep underground to extract heat from hot fractured rocks, and using the steam generated to drive a turbine. It also provides a set of facts about current and potential geothermal energy use.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is useful for the Australian Curriculum content descriptions in year 6 science about using energy from a variety of resources to generate electricity, and in year 7 science about some of the Earth's resources being renewable and others non-renewable. It describes how heat energy from below the Earth's crust can be used to generate electricity.
  • The resource can contribute to students attaining the elements of the year 6 achievement standard about describing how energy can be transformed from one form to another, and the year 7 achievement standard about the way in which resources are cycled through the Earth's systems and how they can be used sustainably. The resource outlines the process of accessing and transforming available heat energy into electrical energy.
  • The resource is relevant to the sustainability cross-curriculum priority, particularly the eighth organising idea about designing actions for sustainability. The potential for future use and savings in carbon dioxide emissions that can be achieved by using geothermal energy are outlined.
Year level

6; 7

Learning area
  • Science

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Clean Energy Council
  • Organization: Clean Energy Council
  • URL: http://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: Clean Energy Council
  • Organization: Clean Energy Council
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: http://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Text
  • Image
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