Today’s lesson is about turning fossil fuels to electric energy.
our Learning objective is- How do we go from fossil fuels to electric energy.
Fossil fuel power plants burn coal or oil to create heat which is in turn used to generate steam to drive turbines which generate electricity.
Electricity is a secondary energy source – we get it from the conversion of other sources of energy, such as coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear power and other natural sources. These are called primary energy sources. The process of generating electricity to use for power takes place in power stations.
In Fossil Fuel power plants, the fossil fuel is burned to release heat and turn water into steam, consequentially generating electricity. In central heating systems, they are burned to create hot air, which circulates around the pipes to warm the house
In factories, they are used to heat furnaces and chemical tanks. In cars, fossil fuels (predominantly gasoline) are burned to create a sudden expansion of gas, which pushes a piston and rotates the axle, which keeps the car going.