Transformation: Energy

What do you think the word ‘transform’ means? What do you think the word ‘energy’ means? We and the world we live in are full of energy which can be transformed to good use for us and the natural world.

Fire is a traditional means of transformation into energy, producing heat and light. It can be used for cooking, melting, warming and burning liquids and solid substances. Demonstrate the effects of fire through the use of a candle flame and a paper spiral. Solar panels can transform light from the fire of the sun into energy, to light and heat a house and to power batteries.

Wind can be transformed into energy, this has happened for hundreds of years. It was used to grind corn in windmills. How it works is that the sun heats our atmosphere unevenly, so some patches become warmer than others. These warm patches of air rise; other air blows in to replace them and that creates wind. The energy of the wind can be used in wind farms by building a tall tower, with a large propeller on the top. The wind blows the propeller round, which turns a generator to produce electricity.

WATER can also be transformed into energy. Watermills used water power to grind corn into flour. Wind can transform waves at sea making them higher and these can be used to create energy. Water can be used to make hydro-electricity from rivers and streams in England and Wales and on a large scale in the Highlands of Scotland.

Sun All of the sources of energy above are dependent upon the transforming energy of the sun. Fire ultimately comes from the sun. The coal or wood used to produce fire has first of all been grown through the heat of the sun.

The energy of sun, wind and water can be transformed and used as sources of renewable, clean and earth friendly energy. As human people, we too have energy that can be transformed to good through using our minds, our time and our energy for the well-being of others.

Research the different types of energy and explain how energy can be transferred.

Why is energy important?

How do we use energy? Do we use it in the right way?

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  1. Fire:
    . Fire is a chemical reaction that releases light and heat.
    . Fire can be used for cooking, melting, warming and burning liquids and solid substances.
    . Fire is a type of energy

    Wind:
    .Wind can be transformed into energy.
    .Wind power involves turning energy from the wind into other forms of useful energy.
    .Windmills can create energy as the wind moves the windmill round and round.

    Water:
    . Water can also be transformed into energy.
    .Hydropower uses the energy of moving water for a variety of useful applications.
    . We use water for taps, showers, toilets and more, this is creating energy.

    Sun:
    . The sun is a big ball of fire that is placed in the middle of the solar system.
    . Solar panels are on the roofs of houses and they are obtained by sunlight.
    .Fire ultimately comes from the sun.

  2. Fire:
    Internet definition of fire :fire is a chemical reaction that releases light and heat.
    Fires needs oxygen and heat to burn.
    To make fire you can use these fossil fuels: coal, oil and wood.
    My dad used fire from gas to heat his food.
    Sometimes we use a fire to warm us up during winter.

  3. Fire:
    Internet definition of fire :fire is a chemical reaction that releases light and heat.
    Fires needs oxygen and heat to burn.
    To make fire you can use these fossil fuels: coal, oil and wood.
    My dad used fire from gas to heat his food.
    Sometimes we use a fire to warm us up during winter.

  4. SUN:
    The sun is located in the middle of the solar system. The sun produces energy which gives light and heat to the surrounding planets.
    Solar Panels: The sun shines onto the solar panels, and creates direct current electricity. The electricity goes into a solar inverter that cchanges into alternating current electricity. Then that elecricity is used to power elecrtricals in your home.

    The sun is the most powerful source of energy as it reaches 5,505°C!

  5. Water:
    Flowing water creates energy that can be captured and can be turned into electricity. This is called hydroelectric power or hydro-power .Harnessing the motion of water, is one of the most ancient ways us humans have generated power.To this day, hydro-power accounts for 20% of the worlds electricity, which still has stayed the same since the 1990’s. Water is one of the four elements to create electricity along with the sun, fire and wind. The most common type of hydroelectric power plant uses a dam on a river to store water in a reservoir ( a reservoir is a storage space for fluids.)

  6. The sun🌞
    .He sun is a big ball of fire that is placed in the middle of the solar system
    .It produces light and heat and the light and heat of the sun makes energy
    .Solar panels use the sun in a huge way: it uses the light of the sun to power electricity.
    .If the solar panel is made on top of a car the sun’s light will shine on it and the sun will power the car to move.
    .Fire comes from the sun. It helps trees to grow and the wood from the trees can burn to make fire

  7. WIND:

    Did you know?
    It is known in space study that Neptune and Saturn are the two planets that have the strongest winds.

    What are winds?

    A ‘wind’ is simply the flow of a huge amount of air, usually from a high pressure-area to a low-pressure area.

    How are winds formed?
    Typically, this begins with the sun’s radiation, which is absorbed differently on the earth’s surface. The earth’s surface is heated differently because of scenarios like cloud cover, mountains, valleys, water bodies, vegetation and desert lands.

    As a result of this uneven heating, there are bound to be earth surfaces that vary a lot in temperature. Air on surfaces with higher temperatures
    will then begin to rise because it is lighter (less dense). As the air rises, it creates low atmospheric pressure. Air on surfaces with cooler temperatures sink (do not rise). The sinking creates higher atmospheric pressure. This behaviour or warm gases or liquids moving upward and being replaced by cooler particles is called Convection. The energy moving during convection is called convectional current.

  8. Solar panels

    Solar panels were invented by modern day scientists in 1954 and have been the most popular form of energy ever since. They can last for over 50 years and cost only £10,000-£15,000.the process is quite simple;
    1) The sun beams rays onto the photo voltaic cells
    2) It is immediately turned into DC
    3) The DC is then then transported down copper pipes
    4) They lead to a converter which turns the DC into AC
    5) The AC is then used for our everyday electrical needs
    Fun facts: 1) did you know that a solar panel still creates electricity when it’s
    raining or even snowing
    2) the sun creates enough power to last the whole world a year in 1 hour
    I hope you enjoyed my paragraph on solar panels!

  9. Nuclear Energy:
    Definition:The energy released during nuclear fission or fusion especially when used to generate eletricity.
    Facts about nuclear energy:
    1) Nuclear energy has the advantage of not burning any fuels.
    2)Nuclear energy is energy that is stored in the nucleus or center core of an atom.
    3) The nucleus of an atom is made of tiny parts of a protons(plus positive charge)and neutrons (no charge).
    4) The electrons (minus negative charge) move around the neuclus.
    5) Nuclear energy is the force that holds the nucleus together in a atom.
    Fun fact:
    There are roughly 430 nucleur plants around the earth.
    I hope you enjoyed my paragraph about nuclear energy!

  10. kinetic energy – this is to do with MOVEMENT. If something is heavy and fast it has lots of KINETIC energy.
    Sound energy is energy from something like a boombox or guitar or drum.
    Chemical energy – like a firework – firework goes off which is transferred into sound energy, kinetic energy (because it is moving) and also thermal energy (it is hot).
    Energy is important because it provides us with heat, light, TV, sound like music.
    People sometimes waste energy like when you leave the light on in a room when you are not in. We can save energy by turning things off! Energy on our planet could run out – there is only so much coal so we need to use other means of energy. Some energy is expensive to make like nuclear power.

  11. Sun:
    the sun activates solar panels which activates electricity to power TV,laptops, pads and all electronics. The sun is a big ball of fire in space. The sun produces light and heat to keep us warm and safe. With the heat of the sun we can keep warm in winter. With light we can keep safe and we can see where we are going.

  12. can you imagine life on Earth without the Sun?
    You’d soon need to keep a fire going around the clock, because Earth would become a much colder place without the Sun’s heat.
    Technically known as nuclear fusion, this process releases an incredible amount of energy in the form of light and heat.But getting that energy from the center of our Sun all the way out to planet Earth and beyond involves a couple of crucial steps.

    • What an interesting question Grace! We would definitely need a few extra jumpers…and there would be very serious consequences too. How could we grow crops?

  13. . fire is a chemical that releases lightness and heat.

    . fire can be used for many different things like barbeques or cooking.

    .fire is useful for lots of things like surviving on a stranderd island or lighting the fire place or maybe to keep the fuel in a train going.

  14. Sun:
    -The sun is a huge fiery star in the centre of the Solar System which produces light to earth.
    -It helps us to grow crops and gives us Vitamin D.
    -The light of the the sun let us to see where we’re going.
    -The heat of the sun warms the earth.
    -The sun is a large fire ball that activates Solar panels on top of a roof which powers any electronics.

  15. Water:
    -Water is a natural clear liquid.Without it, we wouldn’t survive.
    -We can drink water and have a shower or bath with water.
    – Animals need water too. Some animals drink it while others live or swim in it such as fish and ducks.
    -The sea holds the largest amount of water.
    -Hydroelectric power plants use water in a different way, converting the energy in falling water into electricity by passing it through turbines.

  16. WIND:
    Wind energy is a form of solar energy. Wind energy (or wind power) describes the process by which wind is used to generate electricity. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power.

  17. Dictionary Definition of Fire: A process in which substances combine chemically with oxygen from the air and typically give out bright light, heat, and smoke; combustion or burning.

    What is fire?

    Fire is a chemical reaction between oxygen a fuel, like gas or wood. For a fire to take place, you have to heat up the gas to a high enough temperature or strike a match or get a flame and light it for it to ignite (burst into flames).

    How can fire be used to produce energy?

    Fire is used to heat the water in power stations. The water transforms into steam, driving the turbines to create energy and electricity that lot’s of us will use every day.

    Pros and Cons of Fire:

    Pros:

    Cooking
    Heat
    Hot water
    And much more…

    Cons:
    Loss of life
    Loss of property Loss of forests
    And much more…

  18. FIRE:
    Internet definition: a process in which substances combine chemically with oxygen from the air and typically give out bright light, heat, and smoke; combustion or burning.
    – Fire is a very hot substance.
    – We use fire at home such as the fire from the fire place.
    – If there is an electric fire (fire from electronics),then we don’t use water. We use
    carbon dioxide.

  19. Sun

    . We use the suns energy to grow vegetables to eat and stay warm. We also use the suns energy for solar panels to power our homes. We also use the sun to sunbathe 😝

  20. Fire
    . Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermix chemical process of combustion, realising heat,light and various reaction products.
    Sun
    . The sun is the star at the centre of the solar system.

  21. This is why the Sun is called the ultimate source of energy. The Sun’s energy is produced by a process called nuclear fusion. Every second, the Sun emits vast amounts of energy, much of which is light. This solar radiation can be converted into electricity.
    How is it made into electricity?
    Solar Cells, also known as Photovoltaic (PV cells), convert sunlight directly into electricity. When sunlight hits the surface of the cell this causes electrons to move. This creates a current in each cell, which is combined to produce useful amounts of electricity. PV cells are combined in solar panels and mounted on the roofs of buildings. They can also be used to power devices such as calculators and watches.

  22. Light Energy Facts
    The potential for light to perform work is called light energy. Light energy is the only form of energy that we can actually see directly. It is formed through chemical, radiation, and mechanical means. Light energy can also be converted into other forms of energy.
    Interesting Light Energy Facts:
    Light travels at a speed of about 300,000 km/s.
    The sunlight that we see here on Earth actually left the Sun 10 minutes before.
    During photosynthesis, plants use light energy to create chemical energy.
    UV lights are often used by forensic scientists to see details that are not seen by the naked eye.
    Although humans cannot see UV light, some insects have the ability to see it.
    Optics is the study of light.
    The speed of light changes when traveling through different objects.
    Light is a type of electromagnetic energy.
    Light is made of tiny photons which contain lots of energy.
    The intensity of photons is dependent upon the amount of energy they contain.
    Space is dark because light is only visible when it has an object of which to bounce off.
    Light energy is always moving and can therefore not be stored.
    Light is also called electromagnetic radiation when speaking of light other than visible light.
    Of all the forms of radiation and light on the electromagnetic spectrum, humans can only visibly see a very small amount of light.
    The reason we see different colors of light is because each color has a different wavelength.

    i hope you enjoyed reading through my comment and i hope you learnt something about light energy.

  23. Meaning of fire:a process in which substances combine chemically with oxygen from the air and typically give out bright light, heat, and smoke; combustion or burning.

    The meaning of sun:the star round which the earth orbits.
    The sun shone from a cloudless sky.the light or warmth received from the earth’s sun.

    The meaning of light:the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible.
    “the light of the sun” . Used in various expressions of anger, bewilderment, or surprise as a euphemism for ‘hell.

    The meaning of transformation:a marked change in form, nature, or appearance.A process by which one figure, expression, or function is converted into another one of similar value.

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