Electricity and power have to come from somewhere, but renewable energy has a much better impact on the environment than normal sources. How much do you know about clean energy and how it works? Take our quiz to find out!
Question 1) Which of the following is not a renewable source of energy?
- Natural gas is a fossil fuel. Because fossil fuels take a long time to form, they are considered non-renewable energy sources.1
Question 2) Which is one of the fastest growing renewable energy sources in the United States?
- Like plants, humans can take advantage of the Sun’s energy! Solar panels capture the sunlight and transform it into the electricity we use to, for example, light our houses.2
Question 5) Solar power does not create ______________.
- Because using the Sun’s energy does not require burning fossil fuels, using solar power does not lead to the emission of gases that pollute and heat the planet! Unlike some other forms of getting energy, it also doesn’t release any sewage or radiation, either.5
Question 6) Wind power generators harness the wind’s energy to generate _____________.
- Although wind turbines look like huge fans, they do not use electricity to make wind: it’s quite the contrary! When the wind hits the big blades, electricity is generated.6
Question 7)_______ power is the form of power generated by using moving water to generate energy.
- Hydro is a Greek word that means water. Using water to create electrical (and mechanical) energy is a very old process!7
Question 8) Which of the following countries has the largest solar power capacity?
- China has a big territory and has a lot of space for solar panels. The government has been harnessing more and more energy from the Sun, especially since the late 2010s.8
Question 9) The first known wind turbine used to produce electricity is built in ________?
- A professor built a high turbine and used the wind to power the lighting in his cottage. The wind produced more electricity than he needed, and he offered his neighbors the share of power he’d not use. The neighbors, however, thought the invention was too scary and did not accept his offer.9
Question 10) Why is Solar Power not widely used?
- Even though solar power is great, harnessing energy from the Sun is expensive and needs a lot of space. Even if people have the money and space, sometimes the Sun is hiding and does not send enough light to the solar cells.10
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1Natural Gas – Knowledge Bank – Solar Schools. (n.d.). Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://www.solarschools.net/knowledge-bank/non-renewable-energy/natural-gas
2Abouelnaga, M. (2017, October 21). Renewable Energy | Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://www.c2es.org/content/renewable-energy/
3Nhede, N. (2020, January 24). Top ten countries with the highest proportion of renewable energy. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://www.smart-energy.com/renewable-energy/top-ten-countries-with-the-highest-proportion-of-renewable-energy/
4Photovoltaics and electricity – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). (2021, July 26). Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/solar/photovoltaics-and-electricity.php
5Solar energy and the environment – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). (2021, July 26). Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/solar/solar-energy-and-the-environment.php
6Sun, H. (n.d.). Wind Power Generation – an overview | ScienceDirect Topics. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/engineering/wind-power-generation
7Hydropower explained – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). (2021, July 26). Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/hydropower/
8(2021, July 13). Top five countries with the largest installed solar power capacity. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://www.nsenergybusiness.com/features/solar-power-countries-installed-capacity/
9Shahan, Z. (2014, November 21). History of Wind Turbines | Renewable Energy World. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/storage/history-of-wind-turbines/
10Ambort, L. (2020, October 16). Why Aren’t Solar Panels Everywhere? – Institute on the Environment. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from http://environment.umn.edu/education/susteducation/pathways-to-renewable-energy/why-arent-solar-panels-everywhere/