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How to Produce Electricity – Home Solar Power & Wind Power

Charles Jameson asked:
One of the world’s greatest discoveries is electricity. If only Ben Franklin could have stuck around to see what it is truly capable of! Electricity has been responsible of the creation of new civilizations. The world’s enormous amount of electricity produced is created in part by a combination of fossil fuels, water, nuclear fission, solar, and wind. Different methods of electricity production are listed below, most notably the rising interest in home solar power and wind power technology.

Enormous turbines are the production hub of electricity. These turbines must have an action to make them move. There are several ways these turbines can be moved:

Burning fossil fuels: Electricity can be produced when the turbine blades are moved by large doses of vapor. The vapor is created by heating large amounts of water in even larger furnaces. The burning of fossil fuels such as petroleum, coal, and natural gas heat the water causing a release of enormous amounts of carbon dioxide in our air, and thus in turn severely polluting our atmosphere. For long-term benefits, it is imperative to analyze alternate methods of electricity production to help our environment.

Water: Dams are constructed to be producers of electricity. Water dams serve two main purposes: they restrict and control bodies of water as well as producing electricity. What happens with water dams is that the river water is used to move the turbines, which it turn produces electricity. Electricity generated in this manner helps in the control of air pollution. However, electricity produced in this manner also can have obvious adverse impacts on the ecosystem in the water body itself. Nevertheless, water accounts for approximately 90% of the earth’s electricity generated through renewable resources.

Nuclear Fission: Although nuclear fission does not only make atom bombs, it does help in electricity production. Nuclear fission is essentially used to create heat to move a turbine as noted above. It causes a chain reaction whereas the element Uranium is in contact with neutrons causing it to split. Each time a Uranium nucleus splits, more neutrons are released which causes more splits and so on. The chain reaction that is caused produces heat which is used to heat water to create vapor which eventually moves turbines to create electricity.

Bio-Waste: With some current advances in technology, electricity can also being generated by bio-waste. In some rural areas, bio-gas can be a typical way of generating electricity. Actually, a recently-new technology has evolved in India which can use human waste to generate electricity. Talk about renewable! Wind/Solar : As noted above, home solar power and wind power technology are fast-movers in the way people are acquiring free and eco-friendly electricity…..and seems to be a sign of times to come.

Wind: Electricity can be produced when wind energy is converted to electrical energy. The spinning blades of windmills are used to produce large doses of wind energy through wind turbines which is then converted into electrical energy.

Solar : Electrical energy can be produced with a device known as a solar generator. Sunlight is converted into electrical energy by solar cells known as photovoltaic cells. This power can be stored in cells for later use, allowing electricity to be used even when it is dark or cloudy.