Wind Energy Changes kinetic energy to electrical energy Each turbine can produce up to 5,600 MW/h annually Wind turbines are made of steel and fiberglass California leads the U.S. in wind energy production
Reservoirs are classified as being either low temperature (below 150°C) or high temperature (above150°C)
Hydropower Approximately 73% of all renewable energy comes from hydropower Hydropower is generated by using flowing water by forcing it through piping called a penstock Then it turns a generator in order to produce electricity Dams are the largest form of hydropower energy, scientist are developing ways to a harness wave and tidal energy, but are still in developmental stages
Solar power Solar power is created by collecting sunlight and converting it into electricity This process is called photovoltaic This is done by using solar panels, which are solar cells made from silicone that absorb the sun’s radiation The equipment for this process has no moving parts Little maintenance No emissions No noise
Biomass Versatile form of renewable energy Burn fuel in boilers to heat water to turn a steam turbine which creates electricity Biomass fuel Wood Landfill trash Agricultural waste Wheat, corn, and other crops Burning Biomass is an alternative to burning coal Contains little sulfur and nitrogen, so it does not produce the pollutants that cause acid rain.