Pathway: Energy Investigation
 

How is electricity generated in Nebraska?

How is electricity made from wind?

How is electricity generated from the sun?

How is electricity made from burning fossil fuels?

First of all, how are fossil fuels formed? These fuels were formed many hundreds of millions of years ago before the time of the dinosaurs – hence the name fossil fuels.The energy in these fuels comes from energy that producers such as plants, algae, and cyanobacteria captured from sunlight long ago.

As the trees and plants died, they sank to the bottom of the oceans. They formed layers of a spongy material called peat. Over many hundreds of years, the peat was covered by sand and clay and other minerals, which turned into a type of rock called sedimentary.

More and more rock piled on top of more rock, and it weighed more and more. It began to press down on the peat. The peat was squeezed and squeezed until the water came out of it and it eventually, over millions of years, it turned into coal, oil or petroleum, and natural gas.

How is electricity made from combustion gases?

How is electricity made from moving water?

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