Renewable Energy

Azure education is designed to educate people about Renewable Energy resources – those sources of energy which are inexhaustible because their use today does not diminish their availability tomorrow.  If the world can renewable energysuccessfully transition over to these forms of energy production the results would be beneficial for our environment and our planets health.

Types of Renewable Energy:

  1. Solar Energy – The sun – that’s the essence of solar energy. Solar energy is one of our most abundant and renewable sources of energy. Solar energy technologies – such as photovoltaic, solar thermal electric systems, and solar heating and cooling – collect energy from the sun and use it to produce electricity or heat. Click on the ‘Solar Energy’ link to learn about the different kinds of solar technologies in use today.
  2. Biomass -Imagine using dead trees or manure to keep the lights on in your house! It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it’s a technology that’s used in a variety of applications all over the world. Plant matter such as trees, grasses, agricultural crops and other biological material can be used as a solid fuel or converted into liquid or gaseous form, then used as fuel to generate electric energy. There are several biomass conversion technologies.
  3. Wind Energy – We’ve all seen wind turn the blades of windmill, but how can wind generate electricity? Wind turns the blades the same way that steam turns the blades of a turbine in a traditional engine. The turbine then rotates a shaft that drives a generator and electricity is generated.
  4. Hydro Power -Moving water – that’s the principle behind hydropower. Hydroelectric power uses falling water or the force of a natural river current to generate electricity. How? Dammed rivers contain a large body of water while pipes allow a certain amount of that water to flow through. The movement of this flowing water is used to turn the blades of a turbine, thus generating electricity.
  5. Geothermal Energy – Heat from deep inside the Earth can be used to power your home. Geothermal energy technologies will make it possible. Geothermal energy technologies tap underground hot water and steam resources and use them to generate electric energy. This is a relatively new technology, and ongoing research and development in this area show it has a tremendous potential for helping us meet our energy needs in the future.
  6. Wave Energy- while still experimental wave energy shows promise and is already active and producing electricity in Europe.