TYPES OF ENERGY BASIC INFORMATION AND TUTORIALS

What Are The Different Types Of Energy?


There are various types of energy which, they include nuclear, electrical, thermal, chemical, and radiant energy. In addition, gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy that combines to produce mechanical energy.

Nuclear energy produces heat by fission on nuclei, which is generated by heat engines. Nuclear energy is the world’s largest source of emission-free energy.

There are two processes in Nuclear energy fission and fusion. In fission, the nuclei of uranium or plutonium atoms are split with the release of energy. In fusion, energy is released when small nuclei combine or fuse.

The fission process is used in all present nuclear power plants, because fusion cannot be controlled. Nuclear energy is used to heat steam engines. A Nuclear power plant is a steam engine using uranium as its fuel, and it suffers from low efficiency.

Electricity powers most factories and homes in our world. Some things like flashlights and Game Boys use electricity that is stored in batteries as chemical energy. Other items use electricity that comes from an electrical plug in a wall socket.

Electricity is the conduction or transfer of energy from one place to another. The electricity is the flow of energy. Atoms have electrons circling then, some being loosely attached. When electrons move among the atoms of matter, a current of electricity is created.

Thermal energy is kinetic and potential energy, but it is associated with the random motion of atoms in an object. The kinetic and potential energy associated with this random microscopic motion is called thermal energy.

A great amount of thermal energy (heat) is stored in the world’s oceans. Each day, the oceans absorb enough heat from the sun to equal the energy contained in 250 billion barrels of oil (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Systems).

Chemical energy is a form of energy that comes from chemical reactions, in which the chemical reaction is a process of oxidation. Potential energy is released when a chemical reaction occurs, which is called chemical energy.

A car battery is a good example, because the chemical reaction produces voltage and current to start the car. When a plant goes through a process of photosynthesis, what the plant is left with more chemical energy than the water and carbon dioxide. Chemical energy is used in science labs to make medicine and to product power from gas.

Radiant energy exists in a range of wavelengths that extends from radio waves that many be thousands of meters long to gamma rays with wavelengths as short as a million-millionth (10– 12) of a meter. Radiant energy is converted to chemical energy by the process of photosynthesis.

The next two types of energy go hand and hand, gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy. The term energy is motivated by the fact that potential energy and kinetic energy are different aspects of the same thing, mechanical energy.


Potential energy exists whenever an object which has mass has a position within a force field. The potential energy of an object in this case is given by the relation PE = mgh, where PE is energy in joules, m is the mass of the object, g is the gravitational acceleration, and h is the height of the object goes.

Kinetic energy is the energy of motion. An object in motion, whether it be vertical or horizontal motion, has kinetic energy. There are different forms of kinetic energy vibrational, which is the energy due to vibrational motion, rotational, which is the energy due to rotational motion, and transnational, which is the energy due to motion from one location to the other. The equation for kinetic energy is ½ mv2, where m is the mass and v is the velocity. This equation shows that the kinetic energy of an object is directly proportional to the square of its speed.

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manoj singh said...

Thanks for providing the tutorials on energy and its formulas.Energy and its applications are immense and its my favorite topic of Physics.
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