Where do we get our energy from?

Where do we get our energy from?
June 20 06:43 2018 Print This Article

We all take our creature comforts for granted. When we want a light on or some warmth, all we need to do is flick a switch and we have everything we require for our comfort. Do you ever wonder how this wonderful energy reaches our homes? Let’s take a look at the different forms of energy and how it is harnessed and sent to our homes:

Solar

Solar panels are a commonplace sight on the rooftops of the UK. Unbelievably, the Sun is 90 million miles away, but it takes just 10 minutes for its light to hit the Earth. When these rays reach our solar panels, the electrons flow through cells on the panel and produce electricity. An individual cell can produce several volts of electricity and all the cells together create a larger current and voltage. Homes with solar panels can sell unused electricity back to the National Grid.

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Gas

The gas we receive in our UK homes is piped mainly from the East and North Irish sea. The remainder is brought over from various European countries. It is made easier to transport by shrinking the gas particles by 600 times. Power stations burn the gas, which produces heat energy to turn large turbines. The turbines power a generator which is able to convert the mechanical energy into electric energy. Most homes in the UK have a gas connection. If you’re experiencing any problems with your central heating or water system, contact Gloucester Boiler Repair at http://www.hprservicesltd.com/gloucester-boilers/boiler-repair-gloucester/

Nuclear

Uranium is a substance that was formed many billions of years ago in supernovas and can now be found in seawater and rocks. It’s a heavy metal that is now responsible for supplying 16% of the world’s electricity needs. It gets converted into pellets of fuel and release heat when the atoms are split. This process produces incredibly hot steam which is used to turn a turbine, thus creating electricity.

Wind

Humans have been using the natural power of wind since thousands of years BC. The Ancient Egyptians relied on it to sail their ships across the Nile. You’ve probably seen the huge blades of turbines on the horizon, which can now move at up to 30 revolutions per second. These blades convert the wind energy into electricity through a generator, much like the other forms of energy. A transformer is used to change the electricity into the correct voltage for distribution around the country by the National Grid.

Coal

Coal is found underground and can run in seams that lie very deep and very long across the UK. Coal is mined from the depths and transported via truck, barge or barge to different locations across the country. It can also be used in a slurry form and piped to where it needs to go. Coal is burned in a power plant to drive the turbines that produce electricity.

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