Platforms require extensive pilings to maintain a stable base. Power delivery can require long underwater cables to reach land. For these reasons, shelf-mounted plants are less attractive. Floating OTEC facilities operate off-shore. Although potentially optimal for large systems, floating facilities present several difficulties. The difficulty of mooring plants in very deep water complicates power delivery.
Cables attached to floating platforms are more susceptible to damage, especially during storms. Cables at depths greater than meters are difficult to maintain and repair. Riser cables, which connect the sea bed and the plant, need to be constructed to resist entanglement. As with shelf-mounted plants, floating plants need a stable base for continuous operation.
Major storms and heavy seas can break the vertically suspended cold-water pipe and interrupt warm water intake as well. To help prevent these problems, pipes can be made of flexible polyethylene attached to the bottom of the platform and gimballed with joints or collars. Pipes may need to be uncoupled from the plant to prevent storm damage. As an alternative to a warm-water pipe, surface water can be drawn directly into the platform; however, it is necessary to prevent the intake flow from being damaged or interrupted during violent motions caused by heavy seas.
Connecting a floating plant to power delivery cables requires the plant to remain relatively stationary. Even at shallower depths, the cost of mooring may be prohibitive. OTEC projects under consideration include a small plant for the U. The OTEC plant would also provide 1. This project is currently waiting for changes in US military contract policies. Lockheed Martin 's Alternative Energy Development team has partnered with Makai Ocean Engineering  to complete the final design phase of a MW closed cycle OTEC pilot system which planned to become operational in Hawaii in the time frame.
This system was designed to expand to MW commercial systems in the near future. In November, the U. The opening of the research and development kilowatt facility marked the first time a closed-cycle OTEC plant was connected to the U. On April 13, Lockheed contracted with the Reignwood Group to build a 10 megawatt plant off the coast of southern China to provide power for a planned resort on Hainan island.
Work is being conducted to develop a 1MW facility on Kume Island requiring new pipelines. Desalinated water can be produced in open- or hybrid-cycle plants using surface condensers to turn evaporated seawater into potable water. On March 22, , Saga University opened a Flash-type desalination demonstration facility on Kumejima.
Air is extracted from the closed system with a vacuum pump. When raw sea water is pumped into the flash chamber it boils, allowing pure steam to rise and the salt and remaining seawater to be removed. The steam is returned to liquid in a heat exchanger with cold post-OTEC deep seawater. The water can be used in chilled-water coils to provide air-conditioning for buildings.
It is estimated that a pipe 1 foot 0. This freshwater is then pumped to buildings and directly cools the air. In , Copenhagen Energy opened a district cooling plant in Copenhagen, Denmark. The plant delivers cold seawater to commercial and industrial buildings, and has reduced electricity consumption by 80 percent. OTEC technology supports chilled-soil agriculture. When cold seawater flows through underground pipes, it chills the surrounding soil.
The temperature difference between roots in the cool soil and leaves in the warm air allows plants that evolved in temperate climates to be grown in the subtropics. John P. Craven, Dr. Many normally could not survive in Hawaii or at Keahole Point. The Kume Island facilities use regular water cooled by Deep Sea Water in a heat exchanger run through pipes in the ground to cool soil. Their techniques have developed an important resource for the island community as they now produce spinach, a winter vegetable, commercially year round.
The new facility is for researching the economic practicality of chilled-soil agriculture on a larger scale. Aquaculture is the best-known byproduct, because it reduces the financial and energy costs of pumping large volumes of water from the deep ocean. Deep ocean water contains high concentrations of essential nutrients that are depleted in surface waters due to biological consumption. This "artificial upwelling" mimics the natural upwellings that are responsible for fertilizing and supporting the world's largest marine ecosystems, and the largest densities of life on the planet.
Cold-water delicacies, such as salmon and lobster , thrive in this nutrient-rich, deep, seawater. Microalgae such as Spirulina , a health food supplement, also can be cultivated. Deep-ocean water can be combined with surface water to deliver water at an optimal temperature. Non-native species such as salmon, lobster, abalone , trout , oysters , and clams can be raised in pools supplied by OTEC-pumped water. This extends the variety of fresh seafood products available for nearby markets. Such low-cost refrigeration can be used to maintain the quality of harvested fish, which deteriorate quickly in warm tropical regions.
Hydrogen can be produced via electrolysis using OTEC electricity. Generated steam with electrolyte compounds added to improve efficiency is a relatively pure medium for hydrogen production. OTEC can be scaled to generate large quantities of hydrogen. The main challenge is cost relative to other energy sources and fuels. The ocean contains 57 trace elements in salts and other forms and dissolved in solution.
In the past, most economic analyses concluded that mining the ocean for trace elements would be unprofitable, in part because of the energy required to pump the water.
Mining generally targets minerals that occur in high concentrations, and can be extracted easily, such as magnesium. With OTEC plants supplying water, the only cost is for extraction. OTEC plants and similar structures would be considered artificial islands under the treaty, giving them no independent legal status. OTEC plants could be perceived as either a threat or potential partner to fisheries or to seabed mining operations controlled by the International Seabed Authority. For OTEC to be viable as a power source, the technology must have tax and subsidy treatment similar to competing energy sources.
Because OTEC systems have not yet been widely deployed, cost estimates are uncertain. The low temperature difference means that water volumes must be very large to extract useful amounts of heat. A MW power plant would be expected to pump on the order of 12 million gallons 44, tonnes per minute. This makes pumping a substantial parasitic drain on energy production in OTEC systems, with one Lockheed design consuming For OTEC schemes using heat exchangers, to handle this volume of water the exchangers need to be enormous compared to those used in conventional thermal power generation plants,  making them one of the most critical components due to their impact on overall efficiency.
A MW OTEC power plant would require exchangers each larger than a foot shipping container making them the single most expensive component. We can use Beer—Lambert—Bouguer's law to quantify the solar energy absorption by water,. Solving the above differential equation ,. Since the intensity falls exponentially with depth y, heat absorption is concentrated at the top layers.
The warmer and hence lighter waters at the surface means there are no thermal convection currents. Due to the small temperature gradients, heat transfer by conduction is too low to equalize the temperatures. The ocean is thus both a practically infinite heat source and a practically infinite heat sink. This temperature difference varies with latitude and season, with the maximum in tropical , subtropical and equatorial waters. Hence the tropics are generally the best OTEC locations. Where H is enthalpy of liquid water at the inlet temperature, T.
This temporarily superheated water undergoes volume boiling as opposed to pool boiling in conventional boilers where the heating surface is in contact.
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Thus the water partially flashes to steam with two-phase equilibrium prevailing. Suppose that the pressure inside the evaporator is maintained at the saturation pressure, T. Here, x is the fraction of water by mass that vaporizes. The low pressure in the evaporator is maintained by a vacuum pump that also removes the dissolved non-condensable gases from the evaporator.
The evaporator now contains a mixture of water and steam of very low vapor quality steam content. The steam is separated from the water as saturated vapor. The remaining water is saturated and is discharged to the ocean in the open cycle. It expands in a special low pressure turbine. Here, H corresponds to T. For an ideal isentropic reversible adiabatic turbine,. The above equation corresponds to the temperature at the exhaust of the turbine, T. The condenser temperature and pressure are lower. Since the turbine exhaust is to be discharged back into the ocean, a direct contact condenser is used to mix the exhaust with cold water, which results in a near-saturated water.
That water is now discharged back to the ocean. T is the temperature of the exhaust mixed with cold sea water, as the vapour content now is negligible,. The temperature differences between stages include that between warm surface water and working steam, that between exhaust steam and cooling water, and that between cooling water reaching the condenser and deep water.
These represent external irreversibilities that reduce the overall temperature difference. In this cycle, Q is the heat transferred in the evaporator from the warm sea water to the working fluid. The working fluid exits the evaporator as a gas near its dew point. The high-pressure, high-temperature gas then is expanded in the turbine to yield turbine work, W. From the turbine exit, the working fluid enters the condenser where it rejects heat, -Q, to the cold sea water.
The condensate is then compressed to the highest pressure in the cycle, requiring condensate pump work, W. Thus, the Anderson closed cycle is a Rankine-type cycle similar to the conventional power plant steam cycle except that in the Anderson cycle the working fluid is never superheated more than a few degrees Fahrenheit. Owing to viscous effects, working fluid pressure drops in both the evaporator and the condenser.
This pressure drop, which depends on the types of heat exchangers used, must be considered in final design calculations but is ignored here to simplify the analysis. Thus, the parasitic condensate pump work, W, computed here will be lower than if the heat exchanger pressure drop was included. The major additional parasitic energy requirements in the OTEC plant are the cold water pump work, W, and the warm water pump work, W. The thermodynamic cycle undergone by the working fluid can be analyzed without detailed consideration of the parasitic energy requirements.
From the first law of thermodynamics, the energy balance for the working fluid as the system is. For the idealized case in which there is no working fluid pressure drop in the heat exchangers,.
Subcooled liquid enters the evaporator. Due to the heat exchange with warm sea water, evaporation takes place and usually superheated vapor leaves the evaporator. This vapor drives the turbine and the 2-phase mixture enters the condenser. Usually, the subcooled liquid leaves the condenser and finally, this liquid is pumped to the evaporator completing a cycle. Carbon dioxide dissolved in deep cold and high pressure layers is brought up to the surface and released as the water warms.
Mixing of deep ocean water with shallower water brings up nutrients and makes them available to shallow water life. This may be an advantage for aquaculture of commercially important species, but may also unbalance the ecological system around the power plant. OTEC plants use very large flows of warm surface seawater and cold deep seawater to generate constant renewable power. The deep seawater is oxygen deficient and generally times more nutrient rich in nitrate and nitrite than shallow seawater.
When these plumes are mixed, they are slightly denser than the ambient seawater. In , a computer model was developed to simulate the physical oceanographic effects of one or several megawatt OTEC plant s. The model suggests that OTEC plants can be configured such that the plant can conduct continuous operations, with resulting temperature and nutrient variations that are within naturally occurring levels.
Studies to date suggest that by discharging the OTEC flows downwards at a depth below 70 meters, the dilution is adequate and nutrient enrichment is small enough so that megawatt OTEC plants could be operated in a sustainable manner on a continuous basis. The nutrients from an OTEC discharge could potentially cause increased biological activity if they accumulate in large quantities in the photic zone.
In all cases modeled discharge at 70 meters depth or more , no unnatural variations occurs in the upper 40 meters of the ocean's surface. The nanoplankton response is negligible. The enhanced productivity of diatoms microplankton is small. The subtle phytoplankton increase of the baseline OTEC plant suggests that higher-order biochemical effects will be very small.
Studies have been done to propose the best environmental baseline monitoring practices, focusing on a set of ten chemical oceanographic parameters relevant to OTEC. The Tethys database provides access to scientific literature and general information on the potential environmental effects of OTEC. The performance of direct contact heat exchangers operating at typical OTEC boundary conditions is important to the Claude cycle. Many early Claude cycle designs used a surface condenser since their performance was well understood.
However, direct contact condensers offer significant disadvantages. As cold water rises in the intake pipe, the pressure decreases to the point where gas begins to evolve. If a significant amount of gas comes out of solution, placing a gas trap before the direct contact heat exchangers may be justified.
The trade-off between pre-dearation  of the seawater and expulsion of non-condensable gases from the condenser is dependent on the gas evolution dynamics, deaerator efficiency, head loss, vent compressor efficiency and parasitic power. Because raw seawater must pass through the heat exchanger, care must be taken to maintain good thermal conductivity. Biofouling layers as thin as 25 to 50 micrometres 0. Another study concluded that fouling degrades performance over time, and determined that although regular brushing was able to remove most of the microbial layer, over time a tougher layer formed that could not be removed through simple brushing.
It concluded that although the ball treatment decreased the fouling rate it was not enough to completely halt growth and brushing was occasionally necessary to restore capacity. The microbes regrew more quickly later in the experiment i. Continuous use of 1 hour per day and intermittent periods of free fouling and then chlorination periods again 1 hour per day were studied.
Chlorination slowed but did not stop microbial growth; however chlorination levels of. Besides water temperature, microbial fouling also depends on nutrient levels, with growth occurring faster in nutrient rich water. Aluminium tubing slows the growth of microbial life, although the oxide layer which forms on the inside of the pipes complicates cleaning and leads to larger efficiency losses.
The system must be carefully sealed to prevent in-leakage of atmospheric air that can degrade or shut down operation. In closed-cycle OTEC, the specific volume of low-pressure steam is very large compared to that of the pressurized working fluid. Components must have large flow areas to ensure steam velocities do not attain excessively high values. An approach for reducing the exhaust compressor parasitic power loss is as follows. After most of the steam has been condensed by spout condensers, the non-condensible gas steam mixture is passed through a counter current region which increases the gas-steam reaction by a factor of five.
Closed-cycle systems could exploit the air-water temperature difference. Eliminating seawater extraction pipes might make a system based on this concept less expensive than OTEC. This technology is due to H. Barjot Polar Power Plants could be located on islands in the polar region or designed as swimming barges or platforms attached to the ice cap. In Liping Liu, Associate Professor at Rutgers University, envisioned an OTEC system that utilises the solid state thermoelectric effect rather than the fluid cycles traditionally used. Worldmap highlighting oceanic regions with high temperature gradients between surface and m depth OTEC diagram and applications Ocean thermal energy conversion OTEC uses the temperature difference between cooler deep and warmer shallow or surface seawaters to run a heat engine and produce useful work, usually in the form of electricity.
These fluids. Thermal radiation in visible light can be seen on this hot metalwork. Relation to heat and internal energy Heat is energy transferred spontaneously from a hotter to a colder system or body. In an ideal gas, the internal energy is the sum total of the gas particles' kinetic energy, and it is this kinetic motion that is the source and the effect of the transfer of heat across a system's boundary. For this reason, the term "thermal energy" is sometimes. He is noted for his early work on the industrial liquefaction of air, for the invention and commercialization of neon lighting, and for a large experiment on generating energy by pumping cold seawater up from the depths.
He was an electrical inspector in a cable factory and the laboratory manager in an electric works. NELHA was founded in NELHA also administers a small site, 4 acres 1. The original mission was for research into the uses of Deep Ocean Water in Ocean thermal energy conversion OTEC renewable energy production and in aquaculture. It later added research into sustainable uses of natural energy sources such as solar energy. The main administration office is in the 4 acre research campus at the end o.
William Hinckley Avery July 25, — June 26, was an influential aeronautical engineer. He designed the propulsion mechanism known as the ramjet, and was known for heading the Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion program which generates electricity from the temperature differential between shallow and deep ocean water. After studying chemistry and physics at Harvard and working as a private research chemist, Avery turned to rocket science during World War II.
He directed a division of the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Cumberland, Maryland, that developed solid fuels for rockets later used to launch guided missiles and spacecraft. Over the next several decades, his research laid the foundation for understanding combustion in rocket and jet engines. His group invented the propulsion system for Talos, the first surfa.
Fire is an example of Energy Transformation Energy Transformation using Energy Systems Language Energy transformation, also known as energy conversion, is the process of changing energy from one form to another. In physics, energy is a quantity that provides the capacity to perform work e. In addition to being convertible, according to the law of conservation of energy, energy is transferable to a different location or object, but it cannot be created or destroyed.
Energy in many of its forms may be used in natural processes, or to provide some service to society such as heating, refrigeration, lighting or performing mechanical work to operate machines. For example, in order to heat a home, the furnace burns fuel, whose chemical potential energy is converted into thermal energy, which is then transferred to the home's air to raise its temperature.
Limitations in the conversion of thermal energy Conversions to thermal energy from other forms of energy may occur w.
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The institute is based in Chennai. The major aim of starting NIOT under the Ministry of Earth Sciences was to develop reliable indigenous technologies to solve various engineering problems associated with harvesting of non-living and living resources in India's Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ , which is about two-thirds of the land area of India. The goals of the group are to promote programs consistent with the overall development perspective of the country in the infrastructure sector thereby contributing to the nation building exercise The group caters to specific spons.
Low-temperature thermal desalination LTTD is a desalination technique which takes advantage of the fact that water evaporates at lower temperatures at low pressures, even as low as ambient temperature. This cold water is pumped through coils to condense the evaporated water vapor. The resulting condensate is purified water. The LTTD process may also take advantage of the temperature gradient available at power plants, where large quantities of warm cooling water are discharged from the plant, reducing the energy input needed to create a temperature gradient.
Some experiments were conducted in the U. Deep ocean water DOW is the name for cold, salty water found deep below the surface of Earth's oceans. Ocean water differs in temperature and salinity. Warm surface water is generally saltier than the cooler deep or polar waters; in polar regions, the upper layers of ocean water are cold and fresh. DOW is typically used to describe ocean water at sub-thermal depths sufficient to provide a measurable difference in water temperature.
When deep ocean water is brought to the surface, it can be used for a variety of things. Its most useful property is its te. Marine energy or marine power also sometimes referred to as ocean energy, ocean power, or marine and hydrokinetic energy refers to the energy carried by ocean waves, tides, salinity, and ocean temperature differences.
Some of this energy can be harnessed to generate electricity to power homes, transport and industries. The term marine energy encompasses both wave power i. Offshore wind power is not a form of marine energy, as wind power is derived from the wind, even if the wind turbines are placed over water. The oceans have a tremendous amount of energy and are close to many if not most concentrated populations. Ocean energy has the potential of providing a substantial amount of new renewable energy around the world. Roof-mounted close-coupled thermosiphon solar water heater. The first three units of Solnova in the foreground, with the two towers of the PS10 and PS20 solar power stations in the background.
Solar thermal energy STE is a form of energy and a technology for harnessing solar energy to generate thermal energy or electrical energy for use in industry, and in the residential and commercial sectors. Overview Solar thermal collectors are classified by the United States Energy Information Administration as low-, medium-, or high-temperature collectors. Low-temperature collectors are generally unglazed and used to heat swimming pools or to heat ventilation air. Medium-temperature collectors are also usually flat plates but are used for heating water or air for residential and commercial use.
Two cat. These are modes of energy production, energy storage, or energy conservation, listed alphabetically. Note that not all sources are accepted as legitimate or have been proven to be tappable. Bus running on soybean biodiesel. Fuel cell Fuel efficiency Fusio.
Energy development is the field of activities focused on obtaining sources of energy from natural resources. These activities include production of conventional, alternative and renewable sources of energy, and for the recovery and reuse of energy that would otherwise be wasted. Energy conservation and efficiency measures reduce the demand for energy development, and can have benefits to society with improvements to environmental issues. Societies use energy for transportation, manufacturing, illumination, heating and air conditioning, and communication, for industrial, commercial, and domestic purposes.
Energy resources may be classified as primary resources, where the resource can be used in substantially its original form, or as secondary resources, where the energy source must be converted into a more conveniently usable form. Non-renewable resources are significantly depleted by human use, whereas renewable resources are produced by ongoing processes that can sustain indefinite human exploitation. Global public support for different energy sources based on a poll by Ipsos Global dvisor Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.
This energy consumption is divided as 8. The Three Gorges Dam in China; the hydroelectric dam is the world's largest power station by installed capacity. Since ancient times, hydropower from many kinds of watermills has been used as a renewable energy source for irrigation and the operation of various mechanical devices, such as gristmills, sawmills, textile mills, trip hammers, dock cranes, domestic lifts, and ore mills.
A trompe, which produces compressed air from falling water, is sometimes used to power other machinery at a distance. Cragside in Northumberland was the first house powered by hydroelectricity in  and the first commercial hydroelectric power plant was built at Niagara Falls in In , street lamps in the city of Niagara Falls were powered by hydropower. Since th. OTE is the national telecommunications provider of Greece.
Desalination is a process that takes away mineral components from saline water. More generally, desalination refers to the removal of salts and minerals from a target substance, as in soil desalination, which is an issue for agriculture. One by-product of desalination is salt. Desalination is used on many seagoing ships and submarines. Most of the modern interest in desalination is focused on cost-effective provision of fresh water for human use. Along with recycled wastewater, it is one of the few rainfall-independent water sources. However, these alternatives are not always available and depletion of reserves is a critical problem worldwide.
Energy harvesting also known as power harvesting or energy scavenging or ambient power is the process by which energy is derived from external sources e. Energy harvesters provide a very small amount of power for low-energy electronics. While the input fuel to some large-scale generation costs resources oil, coal, etc. For example, temperature gradients exist from the operation of a combustion engine and in urban areas, there is a large amount of electromagnetic energy in the environment because of radio and television broadcasting. One of the earliest applications of ambient power collected from ambient electromagnetic radiation EMR is the crystal radio.
The principles of energy. Dispatchable generation refers to sources of electricity that can be used on demand and dispatched at the request of power grid operators, according to market needs. Dispatchable generators can be turned on or off, or can adjust their power output according to an order. The fastest plants to dispatch are hydroelectric power plants and natural gas power plants. For example, the 1, MW Dinorwig pumped storage power plant can reach full output in 16 seconds. This is a list of acronyms found in the context of energy issues. The source of Earth's solar power: the Sun Solar energy is radiant light and heat from the Sun that is harnessed using a range of ever-evolving technologies such as solar heating, photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, solar architecture, molten salt power plants and artificial photosynthesis.
Active solar techniques include the use of photovoltaic systems, concentrated solar power and solar water heating to harness the energy. Passive solar techniques include orienting a building to the Sun, selecting materials with favorable thermal mass or light-dispersing properties, and designing spaces that naturally circulate air. The large magnitude of solar energy available makes it a highly appealing source of electricity. Title 42 of the United States Code is the United States Code dealing with public health, social welfare, and civil rights.
A machine that exploits wave power is a wave energy converter WEC. Wave power is distinct from tidal power, which captures the energy of the current caused by the gravitational pull of the Sun and Moon. Waves and tides are also distinct from ocean currents which are caused by other forces including breaking waves, wind, the Coriolis effect, cabbeling, and differences in temperature and salinity.
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Wave-power generation is not a widely employed commercial technology, although there have been attempts to use it since at least Tony deBrum February 26, — August 22,  was a Marshallese politician and government minister. He helped organize the Marshall Islands' independence from the United States and later served as Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands from to , from to and from to He was particularly outspoken on climate change, and participated in numerous conferences and demonstrations, including the People's Climate March in New York City in September He succeeded in forming a new coalition between developed countries and developing countries called "High Ambition Coalition".
Example solar powered gas lift pump Gas lift or bubble pumps use the artificial lift technique of raising a fluid such as water or oil by introducing bubbles of compressed air, water vapor or other vaporous bubbles into the outlet tube. This has the effect of reducing the hydrostatic pressure in the outlet tube vs.
In the petroleum industry, the process involves injecting gas through the tubing-casing annulus. Injected gas aer. The wind farm has 16 Vestas V kW wind turbines for a total nameplate capacity of Energy in Hawaii is complicated by the state's isolated location and lack of fossil fuel resources. The state relies heavily on imports of petroleum and coal for power although renewable energy is increasing.
Other sources in included coal 5. Example Mist flow power generator. A: Vacuum pump which maintains low pressure in the structure. B: Inlet to allow warm water surface water to flow down to the turbine. C: Base of the structure M below surface where the turbine is located. D: Cold water pipe which extends to depth usually to meters depth. E: Location where cold water jets spray upwards into vessel. The water is pumped from the level it drops to using rising steam which is combined into a multiphase flow.
The scheme can take many forms so for illustration a p. Biorock, also known as Seacrete or Seament, is a trademark name used by Biorock, Inc. Wolf Hilbertz developed the process and patented it in The biorock building process grows cement-like engineering structures and marine ecosystems, often for mariculture of corals, oysters, clams, lobsters and fish in salt water. It works by passing a small electric current through electrodes in the water. The structure grows more or less without limit as long as current flows.
History Aragonite in tube Artificial reefs have been built since the s using materials including sunken ships, concrete blocks and discarded tires. However, most of these plans failed to provide coral habitat. Most notoriously, tires were strapped down off the shore of Fort Lauderdale and became an environmental disaster. Deep water source cooling DWSC or deep water air cooling is a form of air cooling for process and comfort space cooling which uses a large body of naturally cold water as a heat sink. It uses water at 4 to 10 degrees Celsius drawn from deep areas within lakes, oceans, aquifers or rivers, which is pumped through the one side of a heat exchanger.
On the other side of the heat exchanger, cooled water is produced. Thus as water cools below 3.
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The gathering and use of energy resources can be harmful to local ecosystems and may have global outcomes. Interdisciplinary fields As an interdisciplinary science Energy technology is linked with many interdisciplinary fields in sundry, overlapping ways. Physics, for thermodynamics and nuclear physics Chemistry for fuel, combustion, air pollution, flue gas, battery technology and fuel cells. Electrical engineering Engineering, often for fluid energy machines such as combustion engines, turbines, pumps and compressors.
Geography, for geothermal energy a. Simulation of thermal convection in the Earth's mantle. Colors span from red and green to blue with decreasing temperatures. A hot, less-dense lower boundary layer sends plumes of hot material upwards, and cold material from the top moves downwards. Heat transfer is a discipline of thermal engineering that concerns the generation, use, conversion, and exchange of thermal energy heat between physical systems.
Heat transfer is classified into various mechanisms, such as thermal conduction, thermal convection, thermal radiation, and transfer of energy by phase changes. Engineers also consider the transfer of mass of differing chemical species, either cold or hot, to achieve heat transfer.
While these mechanisms have distinct characteristics, they often occur simultaneously in the same system. Heat conduction, also called diffusion, is the direct microscopic exchange of kinetic energy of particles through the boundary between two systems. When an object is at a different temperature from another body or its s.
In physics, energy is the quantitative property that must be transferred to an object in order to perform work on, or to heat, the object. The SI unit of energy is the joule, which is the energy transferred to an object by the work of moving it a distance of 1 metre against a force of 1 newton. Common forms of energy include the kinetic energy of a moving object, the potential energy stored by an object's position in a force field gravitational, electric or magnetic , the elastic energy stored by stretching solid objects, the chemical energy released when a fuel burns, the radiant energy carried by light, and the thermal energy due to an object's temperature.
Mass and energy are closely related. Due to mass—energy equivalence, any object that has mass when stationary called rest mass also has an equivalent amount of energy whose form is called rest energy, a. Environmental technology envirotech , green technology greentech or clean technology cleantech is the application of one or more of environmental science, green chemistry, environmental monitoring and electronic devices to monitor, model and conserve the natural environment and resources, and to curb the negative impacts of human involvement.
The term is also used to describe sustainable energy generation technologies such as photovoltaics, wind turbines, bioreactors, etc. Sustainable development is the core of environmental technologies. The term environmental technologies is also used to describe a class of electronic devices that can promote sustainable management of resources. Nantong Power Station, a coal-fired power station in Nantong, China. Nuclear thermal power station in Bavaria, Germany. Geothermal power station in Iceland. A thermal power station is a power station in which heat energy is converted to electric power.
In most of the places in the world the turbine is steam-driven. Water is heated, turns into steam and spins a steam turbine which drives an electrical generator. After it passes through the turbine, the steam is condensed in a condenser and recycled to where it was heated; this is known as a Rankine cycle. The greatest variation in the design of thermal power stations is due to the different heat sources; fossil fuel dominates here, although nuclear heat energy; solar heat energy, biofuels and waste incineration are also used.
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