Energy comes in many shapes and forms. From the subatomic electrons and protons to handheld batteries to the massive nuclear power plants and wind turbines that power your homes, it’s important to understand all the forms of energy you use on a daily basis. Learning where and how you fit into the bigger picture of electricity production and distribution throughout the nation will help you make smarter energy choices throughout your life.
Where would you be without electricity? We sometimes take for granted this abundant resource that powers almost everything in our lives. With this helpful animated guide, you will learn the building blocks of electricity, how it is measured and how it gets distributed to your home.
Harnessing the power of the sun is no easy task. As more and more solar panels pop up across the country, solar power continues to grow as an energy source in the United States. So how does it actually work? This animated infographic will help you learn about the anatomy of a solar cell, and why silicon and sunlight work so well together to help create this green energy.
Despite its controversial history, nuclear power has been powering parts of the United States since 1958. The inner workings of nuclear power plants work similarly to other types of power plants, with one minor difference: fission. Learn how a process at the molecular level can power an entire nuclear power plant and eventually your home.
Underground pools of heated water make up our geothermal reservoirs. The water or steam can escape through cracks in the earth in the form of geysers or volcanoes. Learn about how we harness this natural source to power with geothermal power plants and geothermal heat pumps in this animated graphic.