A comprehensive illustrated guide to Energy types. Energy facts and information about different types of energies. Learn about the sources of energy

Energy is Ability to do work.

There are two types of energy Potential Energy and Kinetic Energy. Energy can be created in different forms such as heat, kinetic or mechanical energy, light, potential energy, electrical, or other forms. There are two types of energy - stored (potential) energy and working (kinetic) energy. For example, the food you eat contains chemical energy, and your body stores this energy until you release it when you work or play.

The energy we use every day is divided into two groups, renewable energy which is an energy source that can be used over and over again and non-renewable/ conventional is an energy source which we are using up and cannot recreate in a short period of time.

Different types of energy sources


There are 14 different types or sources of energy. The energy types can vary on so many different factors such storage types and different types of groups

Electric energy
Atomic energy
Kinetic energy 
Light energy 
Water energy 
Sun energy 
Gas energy 
Geothermal energy 
Air energy 
Wave energy 
Sound energy 
Oil energy 
Steam energy 
Hydro Energy 

Electric energy

bullet Electric energy bullet Electric potential energy
bullet Define Electric Energy bullet Definition of electric energy
bullet General electric energy bullet Example of electric energy
bullet Electric energy generation bullet Electric energy formula
bullet What is hydro electric energy bullet Electric energy sources
bullet Hydro electric energy bullet Electric energy equation
bullet Electrical energy to heat energy bullet Information about electrical energy
bullet Potential electric energy bullet Images of electrical energy
bullet How is electrical energy used bullet Electric energy density
bullet Electrical energy conversion bullet Picture of electrical energy

Atomic energy

bullet Atomic energy bullet Nuclear fusion
bullet Definition of atomic energy bullet Nuclear waste
bullet What is atomic energy bullet Wind energy
bullet Atomic energy act bullet Nuclear energy pros and cons
bullet Atomic energy commission bullet About nuclear energy
bullet History of atomic energy bullet Energy resources
bullet Atomic energy definition bullet Nuclear energy facts
bullet Atomic energy levels bullet Is nuclear energy renewable
bullet Atomic energy symbol bullet Nuclear reactors
bullet What is atomic energy used for bullet Nuclear technology
bullet Geothermal energy bullet How does nuclear power work
bullet Tidal energy bullet Atomic energy logo
bullet Hydroelectric energy bullet

Kinetic energy

bullet Potential and kinetic energy bullet Kinetic energy examples
bullet Example of kinetic energy bullet Kinetic energy equations
bullet Kinetic energy calculator bullet Kinetic energy formula
bullet How to find kinetic energy bullet Kinetic energy problems
bullet Definition of kinetic energy bullet Kinetic energy for kids
bullet Unit for kinetic energy bullet Calculate kinetic energy
bullet Potential kinetic energy worksheet bullet Kinetic energy pictures
bullet Kinetic energy diagram bullet Kinetic energy conversion
bullet Kinetic energy bullet Types of energy

When an object is moving, it possess a energy and such energy is called kinetic energy. 

Light energy

bullet Light energy bullet Examples of light energy
bullet Definition of light energy bullet Light energy facts
bullet Light energy definition for kids bullet Light energy examples
bullet Light energy pictures bullet Sources of light energy

Light is a form of energy which our sense of sight can detect.

Water energy

bullet Advantages of water energy bullet Types of water energy
bullet Blue water energy bullet Water and energy conservation
bullet Disadvantages of water energy bullet Water energy definition
bullet How water energy works bullet Water energy sources
bullet Hydroelectric energy
bullet Pros and cons of water energy bullet Types of energy




Sun energy 

bullet Sun energy bullet Sun energy products
bullet Sun energy systems bullet How the sun produces energy
bullet The sun energy bullet Sun energy source
bullet Sun energy facts bullet Sun energy solutions
bullet Sun energy group bullet Sun energy output
bullet What type of energy is solar energy bullet 3 types of solar energy
bullet Different types of solar energy




Gas energy 

bullet What is natural gas energy bullet Natural gas energy
bullet Methane gas energy bullet Natural gas energy source
bullet Natural gas energy pros and cons bullet Natural gas energy density
bullet Oil and gas energy bullet Uses of natural gas energy
bullet Bio gas energy bullet Natural gas energy efficiency
bullet Advantages of natural gas energy
bullet Gas Energy bullet Types of Energy



Geothermal energy

bullet Define geothermal energy bullet Definition of geothermal energy
bullet How does geothermal energy work bullet Uses of geothermal energy
bullet Advantages of geothermal energy bullet How is geothermal energy produced
bullet Disadvantages of geothermal energy bullet Where is geothermal energy found
bullet Is geothermal energy renewable bullet Geothermal energy renewable
bullet Geothermal energy association bullet Example of geothermal energy
bullet Geothermal energy pictures bullet History of geothermal energy
bullet What is geothermal energy used for bullet Geothermal energy source
bullet Geothermal energy for kids bullet Geothermal energy diagram
bullet Types of Geothermal energy bullet Types of energy

Geothermal energy is thermal energy generated and stored in the Earth.

Air energy 

bullet Air energy bullet Compressed air energy storage
bullet Liquid air energy storage bullet Natural air energy
bullet bullet

Wave energy

bullet Cost of wave energy bullet Wave energy devices
bullet Green wave energy bullet Wave energy facts
bullet How wave energy works bullet Wave energy for kids
bullet New wave energy bullet Wave energy history
bullet Ocean wave energy bullet Wave energy pictures
bullet Tidal and wave energy bullet Wave energy pros and cons
bullet Wave energy bullet Wave energy technology
bullet Wave energy converters bullet Types of Energy
Types of Energy

Sound energy 

bullet Sound energy bullet Sound energy facts
bullet Definition of sound energy bullet What is sound energy
bullet Sound energy for kids bullet Sound energy healing
bullet Sound energy activities bullet Sound energy experiments for kids
bullet Sound energy games bullet Sound energy transfer
bullet Sound energy uses bullet Sound energy conversion
Types of Energy

Oil energy 

bullet Oil energy source bullet Oil energy sources
bullet Oil energy pros and cons bullet Oil energy uses
bullet Oil energy facts bullet Oil energy density
bullet Advantages of oil energy bullet Oil energy crisis
bullet Alternatives to oil energy bullet
bullet Oil Energy bullet Types of Energy



Types of Energy

Steam energy 

Types of Energy

Hydro Energy 

bullet hydro energy energy for kids bullet What is hydro energy energy
bullet hydro energy energy pros and cons bullet How does hydro energy energy work
bullet hydro energy energy revolution bullet hydro energy energy source
bullet How is hydro energy energy made bullet Facts on hydro energy energy
bullet Pumped hydro energy energy storage bullet Examples of hydro energy energy
bullet hydro energy energy bullet Types of energy



Types of Energy

Who discovered energy?

Different people discovered different types of energy. One source of energy type is heat and it was a man by the name of James Prescott Joule 1818-1889 that discovered that heat was actually a source of energy.

The term 'kinetic energy' was first used by William Thomson who was a British mathematical physicist.

William John Macquorn Rankine discovered potential energy.

Chemical energy was founded by J.Willard Gibbs.

Nicola Tesla discovered radiant energy in 1893.

Enrico Fermi invented nuclear energy.

Types of Energy

Laws for energy:

The three laws of thermodynamics:

The first law is called conservation of energy states that that the total amount of energy in the universe in constant. This means that all of the energy has to end up somewhere, either in the original form or a different form. We can use this to determine the amount of energy in a system, the amount lost as waste heat, and the efficiency of the system.

The second law states that the disorder in the universe always increases. For example after cleaning your room, it always has the tendency of getting messy again and this is a result of the second law. As the disorder in the universe increases, the energy is transformed into less usable forms therefore the efficiency of every process will always be less than 100%.

The third law of thermodynamics tells us that all molecular movement stops at a temperature we call absolute zero, or 0 Kelvin (-273oC). Since temperature is a measure of molecular movement, there can be no temperature lower than absolute zero. At this temperature, a perfect crystal has no disorder. When put together, these laws state that a concentrated energy supply must be used to accomplish useful work.

Types of Energy

Sources of energy:-

Renewable energy resources include:

Wind energy

Water energy, such as wave machines, tidal barrages and hydroelectric power
Geothermal energy

Solar energy

Biomass energy, for example energy released from wood

There is a limited supply of non-renewable energy resources, which will eventually
run out. They include:

Fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and natural gas

Nuclear fuels, such as uranium

How is energy stored

One way to store it is in the form of chemical energy in a battery. When connected in a circuit, energy stored in the battery is released to produce electricity. Energy can also be stored in many other ways.

Batteries, gasoline, natural gas, food, water towers, a wound up alarm clock, a Thermos flask with hot water and even pooh are all stores of energy. They can be transferred into other kinds of energy.

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