Geothermal energy is one of the components of the National Energy Policy: “Reliable, Affordable, and Environmentally Sound Energy for America’s Future.” This lesson includes five activities that will give your students information on the principles of heat transfer and the technology of using geothermal energy to generate electricity.
Time Required: Varies by activity
Detailed activity instructions can be found in the attached document.
The activities are:
-What factors affect the heat transfer from rock to water?
-How does energy transferred between fluids in a binary geothermal power plant work?
-How does salinity affect the boiling point of water?
-How do the emissions from a geothermal power plant compare to those from a fossil fuel power plant?
-How does the size and number of turbine blades and steam jets affect the performance of a model dry steam power plant?
Evaluation criteria is located on page 18 in the attached document.
Source:National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Resource Type:Lesson Plan
Subject(s):Science, Technology and Skilled Trades, Social Studies,
Topic:Energy Generation, Renewable Energy,
Level:Intermediate / Middle
Grade: 4 5 6 7 8 9
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