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Energy: Renewable and Non-Renewable

These websites are about energy resources, but renewable and non-renewable. You can find information on fossil fuels, solar power, wind power, geothermal energy, hydroelectricity, biomass energy, fuel cells, and nuclear power. There are statistics, experiments, videos, interviews with scientists, and lesson plans.


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Find out how fossil fuels form, the three natural states of fossil fuels, uses in everyday life, and much more.
This site provides a complete lesson plan for investigating importance of wind power as a form of energy.
This site gives an overview of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and also covers issues of world consumption of energy and global warming. NOTE: This site links to a message board and a chat room.
Explore this site to find extensive information on the U.S. Department of Energy's programs and offices. There are sections on solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, fuel cell, and biomass technologies, as well as educational resources, maps, and data.
Here you will find offical U.S. government energy statistics, including the international energy outlook, latest statistics by state and fuel type, and current prices and supply information of different energy sources.
This site provides energy resources profile by country or geographical region, and detailed surveys of fuel type. Some of the reports are quite long, but very detailed.
This site has lots of information about renewable energy and energy efficiency, including student resources and competitions.
Read reports on biofuel research in Iowa, solar power development in Kenya, hydropower in China, or wind power in Denmark. Students can also learn how physicists define work, energy, and power, and how to estimate how much power an alternative fuel source can generate.
What is a fuel cell? Learn all about their history and fuel cell basics. There are detailed descriptions of the different kinds of fuel cells, and illustrations.
This interactive animation shows how a hydrogen fuel cell works. Explore this site further to find out more about fuel cells.
Read interviews with hydrogen experts and watch clips from this program about hydrogen fuel technology. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This student created site discusses some of the problems associated with fossil fuel use, and explores possible solutions presented by alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, or hydrogen power.
This site contains reports on different energy conversion processes including fossil fuels, hydroelectric, wind solar, and nuclear power, and their respective advantages and disadvantages. NOTE: This site contains a message board and the "Test" pages do not work properly.
This page contains facts about coal strip mining, including statistics on the demand for coal and electricity production.
This site explores a wide range of issues surrounding oil production, including political, economic, evironmental, and social. There are several interactive features including maps and timelines, and lesson plans for high school students.
Watch this slide show about clean air technologies as they apply to traditional power plants and newer, renewable energy sources such as wind and biofuel.
This site gives an overview of hydropower, including illustrations and energy statistics.
This page presents both sides of the controversy surrounding dams. The benefits of hydroelectric power are contrasted with the negative impact that damming rivers has on the environment. Watch videos that describe the building of Hoover Dam and use Teacher Resources for supplemental learning materials. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This page contains an overview of wind power and links to additional resources including an animation of how a wind turbine works, a chart showing sources of energy used in the United States, and a lesson plan.
Read omterviews with some of the leading experts from the solar, wind, and distributive power industry to learn about the potential for alternative energy.
Read an interview with physics professor Martin Hoffert in which he discusses potential technological solutions to our growing energy needs. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Read about Iceland's revolutionary energy policy and plans to become totally independent of fossil fuels.
This site provides information on the basics of geothermal power and has links to articles about other sources of renewable energy such as wind, water, solar, and nuclear power. NOTE: This site links to a message board.
Click on "Energy Story" to read all about energy sources and energy efficiency. This site also has energy games, science projects, and other fun resources. NOTE: Several of the external links on the Games page are broken, and some lead to commercial sites.
Learn about different forms of energy, renewable and nonrenewable energy. Includes definitions, videos, online games, and quizzes. Also read tips on how to conserve energy. Includes links to an eMINTS Webquest and eThemes Resources on heat, light, the electromagnetic spectrum, sound, and electricity.

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