Different Types of Energy and It's Many Uses

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In the world today there are five different forms of energy available to us to use: mechanical, chemical, radiant, electrical and nuclear. (Tillery, 2009 p. 62) Each of these forms of energy can be converted from one type of energy to another. An example of this would be electrical energy turning into mechanical energy every time you use your blender. The electrical energy flows through the mechanical device providing it the power it needs to make the blade move in a circular motion and blend the items in the container. Another example of converting energy is when we use chemical energy in the form of propane, which turns into radiant energy when ignited, to cook food or provide heat when using a gas grill. Currently, one of the …show more content…
Geothermal energy can be broken up into 4 different categories; dry steam, hot water, hot, dry rock and geopressurized resources. (Tillery, 2009 p. 70) Geothermal energy is found towards the earths inner surfaces where the temperatures are higher than what we feel on earth’s surface. When water or lava come up from the earth’s inner core either from a volcano or from a geyser, the temperature of the liquid it produces would probably produce the same result we get from burning the fossil fuel we do today to run our power plants and with less pollution as we wouldn’t need to burn the source to produce the heat needed to run them. Overall, in my opinion, solar and geothermal energy would be a good replacement for fossil fuels. They are both a resource that could be replenished and it wouldn’t take a million years for it to happen. Also, as they are not chemical sources that need to burn, they would be less likely to add to the pollution we currently deal with because of the fossil fuels. The only disadvantages, or issues that need to be addressed, is our ability to mine and store the alternative resources in an equivocal monetary way as we currently do with fossil fuels.

Tillery, B. W., Enger, E. E., & Ross, F. C. (2008). SCI110: Integrated science: 2009 custom edition (4th ed.). New York:
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