Planet Power! Types of Renewable Energy

By the time children reach third and fourth grade, they traditionally start learning about different types of energy. Some of the ones they learn about are:

🍎 kinetic energy
🍎 potential energy
🍎 light energy
🍎 sound energy
🍎 heat energy
🍎 thermal energy
🍎 electrical energy
🍎 mechanical energy

However... times are changing and more and more schools and homeschool families are introducing types of renewable energy. What is renewable energy? How many different types of renewable energy are there? How can renewable energy help us? Keep reading to learn the answers to these questions and more!

Learn about different types of renewable energy (wind, solar, hydro, wave, tidal, geothermal) and the children's book Planet Power by Stacy P. Clark

The inspiration for this blog post came from the children's book Planet Power by Stacy P. Clark. Planet Power is a nonfiction children's book about six types of renewable energy... hydropower, solar power, wind power, tidal power, geothermal power, and wave power.
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What is renewable energy?

Renewable energy... also called clean energy or green energy... comes from resources that nature provides such as wind, water, and sunlight. Energy harnessed from these resources is called renewable because we can't 'use them up.' For example, we will never use up all of the energy the sun emits.

Renewable energy is different than energy made by coal, oil, or gas. Right now there is an abundance of coal, oil, and gas deep down in the earth. However, these fossil fuels are not renewable. Eventually, all of the coal, oil, and gas will be used up and be gone forever.

Planet Power by Stacy P. Clark

Why should we start using renewable energy?

There are many reasons why we need to start using renewable energy. Here are three of them:
  1. Renewable energy is cleaner than energy made from oil or coal. It produces less air and water pollution which makes it better for the environment.
  2. Renewable energy won't run out. When the supplies of coal, oil, and gas start to dwindle, their prices will skyrocket and they become harder to get.
  3. Jobs will be created. People will be needed to build and maintain the equipment used to harness and store renewable energy.

Planet Power by Stacy P. Clark

Types of Renewable Energy

There are several types of renewable energy sources. In the book Planet Power, author Stacy Clark describes six of them. The ones mentioned in her book are:

🍎 Hydropower: River water passes through and powers special machines called turbines. These turbines generate electricity. The first hydroelectric plant was built in 1882 in Wisconsin.

🍎 Wind Power: Wind power can be harnessed with windmills and turbines. The first windmills were used in China and Persia as far back as 2,000 BC.

🍎 Wave Power: Wave energy is energy harnessed from the waves of the ocean. Wave energy can be considered a type of wind energy because the waves in the ocean are produced when air currents hit the ocean or seawater.

🍎 Tidal Power: Tidal energy is energy produced by the tides of the ocean. Tidal energy mills were used in Spain, France, and Britain as far back as 787 AD.

🍎 Solar Power: Energy from the sun is collected by solar panels and converted into electricity. The first calculators to use solar electricity were invented in 1954. Since then, people have created vehicles, spaceships, and satellites that use solar power! 

🍎 Geothermal Power: Geothermal energy is harnessed from the heat generated below the surface of the Earth. Historians believe geothermal energy may have been used 2,000 years ago in China.

Planet Power by Stacy P. Clark

About Planet Power

🍎🌎🌳 Author's Summary: Explore six renewable energy technologies that are used around the world! Accessible verse and lush illustrations introduce children to important information about how we can harness the planet's natural resources including wind, water, and sun. Inset boxes define new words like "turbine," while extensive endnotes further explain the science behind each power source and the benefits of clean energy.

🍎🌎🌳 Title: Planet Power
🍎🌎🌳 Author: Stacy P. Clark
🍎🌎🌳 Illustrator: Annalisa Beghelli
🍎🌎🌳 Publisher: Barefoot Books
🍎🌎🌳 Date: November 16, 2021
🍎🌎🌳 Pages: 40

Planet Power by Stacy P. Clark

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