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Ecopolis: Biofuels

This 3-minute video explains how algae, a biofuel, is being developed as an energy source. It also discusses disadvantages of current biofuels and how algae will overcome these disadvantages. The site also provides links to videos about related topics.

Wind Power Animation

This animation, from the US Department of Energy, discusses the advantages of wind power, the workings of a wind turbine, and wind resources in the United States. It also describes how wind power is used in small- and large-scale applications.

The Wind Business

It can take years to plan and engineer a state-of-the-art wind farm. It is a problem-solving process that draws on an understanding of algebra, geometry, kinetic energy, electronics and just about everything in between in order to turn one of our most abundant natural resources into a viable business. This 6-minute video covers several aspects, from the construction and siting, wind analysis, and merging of wind farms with agricultural land use.

How a Nuclear Power Plant Works

This 88-second video from YouTube shows a labeled computer animation of how a nuclear power plant works to create energy.

Nuclear Power Plant Simulator 1.30

This site allows users to download a program in which they simulate running a nuclear power plant. Users learn about energy generation and its limits by walking the fine line between not enough energy produced and nuclear meltdown. The demo version of this program allows users 40 free simulations and a full version (with no simulation limits) is available for purchase.

How a Coal Power Station Works

This two-minute video tours a coal power station in Ontario to show how coal is used as an energy source. It includes animations to demonstrate machinery used at the plant.

World Oil Consumption - 3D Charts in Google Earth

This site, part of the Google Earth blog, provides 3-D graphs of the world's oil consumption by country, both raw use and per capita. The data comes from the CIA World Factbook.

Adventures in Energy - An Interactive Look at Oil and Natural Gas

This interactive learning tool from the American Petroleum Institute offers a primer on oil and natural gas by providing several animations with explanatory notes covering topics such as: what are oil and natural gas, exploration and production, processing, oil tankers, refining, pipelines, and oil and natural gas in your life. Each section has several parts and includes a short quiz at the end.

Oil Formation

This short animation, part of the Absorb Chemistry for GCSE collection, offers a step-by-step labeled animation of how coal forms and how surveyors find and survey oil domes (i.e. seismic methods).

Oil Formation and Trapping

This animation shows the successive stages in the formation of an oil reserve. In View 1, organic material settles, is buried, and is transformed by heat and pressure into oil. In View 2 an oil trap is formed: the area folds into an anticline, and oil migrates and accumulates in the anticline crest.



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