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Section 5
Renewable Energy Sources - Solar and Wind

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Section 5: Renewable Energy Sources - Solar and Wind.


Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about solar-thermal electricity generation, visit the following web sites:

    Concentrating Solar Power, U.S. Department of Energy
    Examines the technologies that are used to concentrate sunlight onto receivers that collect solar energy and convert it to heat. This thermal energy can then be used to produce electricity.

    Solar Heating and Cooling, European Commission
    Describes solar-thermal systems, including technology and the potential for the solar-thermal industry.

    The Luz Experience, U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Looks at the history of Luz International and its attempts to build solar thermal power plants.

    The Energy Story - Chapter 15: Solar Energy, California Energy Commission
    Considers the ways in which solar energy can be used as a natural resource.

  2. To learn more about photovoltaic electricity, visit the following web sites:

    How do Photovoltaics Work?, NASA
    Explains how photovoltaic technology has evolved, how it works, and where the technologies are typically applied.

    Photovoltaics, U.S. Department of Energy
    Looks at how photovoltaic materials and devices convert sunlight into electrical energy.

    Solar photovoltaic, European Commission
    Describes photovoltaic technology and photovoltaics as an industry.

  3. To learn more about the history of wind energy or solar energy, visit the following web sites:

    Illustrated History of Wind Power Development, TelosNet
    Examines the historical development of wind power.

    History of Wind Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
    Looks at the history of wind energy use.

    History of Wind Power, U.S. Department of Energy
    Looks at the historical uses of wind energy.

    History Of Solar Power, AMECO
    Reviews the development of solar power over time.

  4. To learn more about wind farms, visit the following web site:

    Wind Basics, U.S. Department of Energy
    Looks at how electricity is generated from wind.

    How Wind Turbines Work, U.S. Department of Energy
    Examines how wind turbines make electricity.

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Resources

To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

Solar Heating

Solar Basics, U.S. Department of Energy
Reviews the technologies and ways in which solar energy can be converted into electricity.

Solar Heating and You, U.S. Department of Energy
Explains how solar heating works, including descriptions of different types of solar collectors. Also discusses why solar energy is an important resource. Includes directions for making a solar air heater and a glossary of relevant terms.

Solar Heating and Cooling, European Commission
Describes solar-thermal systems, including technology and the potential for the solar-thermal industry.

Photovoltaics

How do Photovoltaics Work?, NASA
Explains how photovoltaic technology has evolved, how it works, and where the technologies are typically applied.

Photovoltaics, U.S. Department of Energy
Looks at how photovoltaic materials and devices convert sunlight into electrical energy.

Solar photovoltaic, European Commission
Describes photovoltaic technology and photovoltaics as an industry.

Wind Power

Wind Basics, U.S. Department of Energy
Looks at how electricity is generated from wind.

Overview of Wind Energy in California, California Energy Commission
Gives an overview of wind energy.  

Wind Energy, European Commission
Considers the value of wind energy and how it is transformed into electricity.

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