Different forms of energy are transformed to produce electricity every day. But which transformations have the most significant impact on the environment? Students come up with criteria to rate the impacts of energy transformations, then use this criteria to evaluate the environmental impacts of various methods of generating electricity.
If your students need ideas for car energy transformations, here are some examples to get them started:
All forms of generating electricity can affect the environment. These effects can generally be found in 2 categories:
Methods of generating electricity that involve the combustion of fossil fuels are usually much less efficient than other methods, with significant amounts of the input energy being transformed into heat rather than usable electrical energy.
Examples of energy transformations during electricity generation and their environmental impacts include: