Hey, I'm new here, could you please explain to me how coal is converted into energy?
Okay thanks. Isn't there a better way that we could produce energy though?
Of course, In a typical coal combustion plant like ours, we burn the coal and heat from the burning coal is used to boil water which creates steam that drives a steam turbine-generator.
How is it converted into energy?
Yes, there's solar energy from the sun.
I don't know actually, let's go inside and look it up on the computer.
Hey, look, an ad for solar energy!
Nice diagram, scroll down so we can see the information.
Solar panels contain photovoltaic cells made from silicon that transform sunlight into electricity (‘photovoltaic’ means electricity from light.) Solar photovoltaic cells consist of a positive and negative film of silicon placed under a thin slice of glass. As the photons from the sunlight beat down upon these cells, they knock the electrons off the silicon. The negatively-charged free electrons are attracted to one side of the silicon cell, which creates an electric voltage that can be collected and distributed.
That's interesting, why do factories like this exist if solar energy is out there. It sounds like a much better way to power things.