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Science (Part - II) 5. Towards Green Energy

Question 1:

Remake the table taking into account relation between entries in three columns.
Coal Potential EnergyWind electricity plant
Uranium Kinetic Energy Hydro electric plant
Water ReservoirNuclear EnergyThermal plant
Wind Thermal Energy Nuclear power plant

Answer 1:

Coal Thermal EnergyThermal plant
Uranium Nuclear EnergyNuclear power plant 
Water ReservoirPotential energyHydro electric plant
WindKinetic Energy Wind electricity plant

Question 2:

Which fuel is used in thermal power plant? What are the problems associated with this type of power generation?

Answer 2:

Coal is used in thermal power plant. Problems associated with this type of power generation are:
  • Air pollution caused due to burning of coal: Burning of coal emits gases like carbon dioxide, sulphur oxide and nitrogen oxide which are harmful to living beings
  • Release of soot particles in the environment: Along with the gases released due to burning of coal, soot particles are released in the environment which can cause fatal respiratory problems.
  • Coal is non-renewable source of energy. So, this method of power generation will put a limit on the availability of coal in future.

Question 3:

Other than thermal power plant, which power plants use thermal energy for power generation? In what different ways is the thermal energy obtained?

Answer 3:

Other than thermal power plant, nuclear power plants, solar power plants use thermal energy for power generation. Different ways of generating thermal energy are:
  • Using fossil fuels: By burning fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum, the chemical energy stored in them is converted into thermal energy.
  • Using natural gas: Chemical energy in natural gas is converted into thermal energy.
  • Using nuclear fuels: Controlled chain reaction in nuclear power plants releases huge amount of thermal energy.
  • Using solar energy: Solar energy can be reflected and absorbed in aborbers where it gets converted to thermal energy. 
  • Using geothermal energy: Underground water, sometimes, comes in contact with hot spots (where hot molten rocks are found), and thus steam is generated which is then collected via hot springs. Thus, geothermal energy is converted to heat energy.

Question 4:

Which type/types of power generation involve maximum number of steps of energy conversion? In which power generation is the number minimum?

Answer 4:

 The types of power generation involving maximum number of steps of energy conversion are:
(i) Thermal energy based power generation: It involves 5 steps of energy conversion.
Chemical energy in coalthermal energykinetic energy in steamkinetic energy in turbineelectrical energy
(ii) Nuclear energy based power generation: It also involves 5 steps of energy conversion.
Nuclear energythermal energykinetic energy in steamkinetic energy in turbineelectrical energy

The power generation using solar photovoltaic cell involves least number of steps of energy conversion. It involves only two steps of energy conversion.
Energy in sunlightelectric energy

Question 5:

Solve the following crossword puzzle.
a. Maximum energy generation in india is done using..... energy.
b. ...... energy is a renewable source of energy
c. Solar energy can be called.... energy.
d .... energy of wind is used in wind mills.
e. ..... energy of water in dams is used for generation of electricity.

Answer 5:

Question 6:

Explain the difference.
a. Conventional and Non-conventional Sources of energy.
b Thermal electricity generation and solar thermal electricity generation.

Answer 6:

Conventional sources of energyNon-conventional sources of energy
They are exhaustible.They are inexhaustible
They cause pollution.They do not cause pollution.
eg: coal, petroleum, naturaleg: wind energy, solar energy

Thermal electricity generationSolar thermal electricity generation
It uses non-renewable source of energy for electricity generation such as fossil fuels, natural gas or nuclear fuels.It uses renewable source of energy i.e. solar energy for electricity generation.
This method of electricity generation is not environment friendly. It causes air pollution.This is environment friendly method of electricity generation. It does not cause air pollution.
This method requires maintenance.This method does not require maintenance.

Question 7:

What is meant by green energy? Which energy sources can be called as green energy sources and why? Give examples.

Answer 7:

Green energy is that energy which does not pollute the environment and is renewable in nature. The energy sources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, etc. can be called as green energy. This is because these are readily available on Earth, can be naturally replenished and do not even harm the environment much.

Question 8:

Explain the following sentences.
a. Energy obtained from fossil fuels is not green energy.
b. Saving energy is the need of the hour.

Answer 8:

a. Fossil fuels are non renewable sources of energy. These are getting depleted rapidly. Also, the usage of the fossil fuels for energy generation adversely impacts the environment and living beings. Burning of fossil fuels like coal, natural gas etc. leads to emission of gases and soot particles in the environment which pollute the air and cause many respiratory diseases. For example, incomplete combustion of some fossil fuels leads to formation carbon monoxide which affects the health of living beings. Also, burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide in the environment which is the main greenhouse gas. Thus, it can be said that energy obtained from fossil fuels is not green energy.

b. Yes, certainly energy conservation has become the need of the hour. We know our day to day life runs on electricity. Be it fans, lights, televisions, escalators, vehicles on roads or water supply to our homes, each and everything requires energy- "The Electrical Energy" for its working. Even the technology advancement has made it possible to supply electricity to most remote places. Thus, to produce such huge amount of electrical energy, we are getting more and more dependent on non-renewable sources of energy such as coal, petroleum, etc. It is observed that the rate at which these fuels are consumed is much greater than at which it is produced. So, if it continues like this, a day will come when we would get deprived of these sources of energy and thus will not even get the basic amenities of life. So, take a pledge to not waste energy wherever possible for the betterment of our and future generation.

Question 9:

Answer the following questions.
a. How can we get the required amount of energy by connecting solar panels?
b. What are the advantages and limitations of solar energy?

Answer 9:

a. Many identical solar cells connected together forms a solar panel. Now, many such solar panels are connected in series in a form of solar string to get required voltage. Also, many such identical solar strings are connected in parallel to get the required current. Hence, in this way we get the required amount of energy by connecting solar panels.

b. Advantages of solar energy:
  • Solar energy is green energy i.e. it is renewable and does not cause pollution.
  • Solar panels for the generation of electricity requires less maintenance.
  • With the help of solar energy, electricity is possible to be generated even in the most remote, inaccessible locations where electric power lines cannot be laid.
Limitations of solar energy: 
  • Electricity generation based on solar energy is weather dependent and hence it is less reliable. In winters and in cloudy days, the production becomes less. 
  • The whole set-up of the panels requires lot of space to generate considerable amount of electricity. 
  • The initial cost of a solar panel is sufficiently high.

Question 10:

Explain with diagram step-by-step energy conversion in
a. Thermal power plant
b. Nuclear Power Plant.
c. Solar thermal power plant
d. Hydroelectric power plant

Answer 10:

a. Water is heated in a boiler. Using the thermal energy released due to burning of coal, steam of very high temperature and pressure
is generated. The energy in the steam drives the turbine. Thus, the generator connected to the turbine rotates and electrical energy is produced.

b. Nuclear power plants consist of nuclear reactors. These reactors use uranium rods as fuel and heat is generated by the process of nuclear fission. Neutrons smash into the nucleus of the uranium atoms, which roughly split into half and release energy in the form of heat. Carbon dioxide gas is pumped through the reactor to take the heat away. The hot gas then heats water to form steam. This steam drives the turbines of generators to produce electricity. Thus, the steps of energy conversion are:

c. Following energy conversion takes place in the solar thermal power plant:

d. In hydroelectric power plant, the potential energy in water stored in dam is converted into kinetic energy of water. Fast flowing water is brought from the dam to the turbine at the bottom of the dam. The kinetic energy of the flowing water drives the turbine. The turbine
in turn drives the generator to generate electricity.

Question 11:

Give scientific reasons
a. The construction of turbine is different for different types of power plants.
b. It is absolutely necessary to control the fission reaction in nuclear power plants.
c. Hydroelectric energy, solar energy and wind energy are called renewable energies.
d. It is possible to produce energy from mW to MW using solar photovoltaic cells.

Answer 11:

a. The construction of turbine is different for different types of power plants. This depends on the type of energy source used for driving the turbine. Like in thermal power plants, steam turbine is used whereas in hydro-power plant, water turbine is used.

b. If fission reaction in nuclear power plants is not controlled, then enormous amount of heat released during this process will lead to explosion of the plant and cause fatal destruction to environment and mankind. Thus, it is absolutely necessary to control the fission reaction in nuclear power plants.

c. Hydroelectric energy, solar energy and wind energy are called renewable energies because they are abundant in nature and can be regenerated or replenished again and again. These will never extinct even with their excessive use.

d. Solar photovoltaic cells can be arranged according to the requirement of electric power. If power requirement is within mW, use of few number of photovoltaic cells will be able to achieve this much power. But, if the requirement of power is in MW, then large number of cells are grouped together to form a solar panel. Then, large number of solar panels are connected in series and parallel to get the required electric power. Thus, it is possible to produce energy from mW to MW using solar photovoltaic cells.

Question 12:

Draw a schematic diagram of solar thermal electric energy generation.

Answer 12:

The schematic diagram of solar thermal electric energy generation is as follows:

Question 13:

Give your opinion about whether hydro electric plants are environment friendly or not?

Answer 13:

No waste products and harmful gases are released in water bodies and atmosphere when power is generated using hydroelectric power plants. Also, water is available in plenty on Earth and is renewable. Hence, there is no fear of this energy source dying out. Thus, it has no harmful effects on environment and hence is environment friendly.

Question 14:

Draw neat and labelled diagrams.
a. Energy transformation in solar thermal electric energy generation.
b. One solar panel produces a potential difference of 18 V and current of 3 A. Discribe how you can obtain a potential difference of 72 Volts and current of 9 A with a solar array using solar panels. You can use sign of a battery for a solar panel.

Answer 14:

Thermal energy in radiationKinetic energy in steamKinetic energy in turbineElectrical energy

b. We can obtain a potential difference of 72 V by forming a string of 5 solar panels in series. Now, to obtain current of 9 A, connect 3 such identical strings in parallel. The same has been shown below.

Question 15:

Write short note on
Electrical energy generation and environment.

Answer 15:

Today electrical energy generation has become the need of the hour. We cannot imagine our life without electricity. We have been able to generate electrical energy by various methods. In these methods, a generator is present which works on the principle of electromagnetic induction. A turbine is used to rotate this generator and this turbine itself is rotated with the help of an energy source. This energy source can be renewable source such as wind, sunlight, nuclear fuels etc. as well as non-renewable source such as coal, petrol, water etc. The energy sources such as wind, sunlight have proved to be green sources as they do not pollute the environment and are economical too. But the use of fossil fuel such as natural gas, coal, nuclear energy etc. as energy source has harmful effects on environment. The harmful radiations emitted from the nuclear waste has fatal effect on the environment and humans. Even the release of soot particles and various greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide on burning or incomplete burning of fossil fuels affects the health of living beings as well as the environment adversely. Also, the release of these greenhouse gases is day by day increasing the danger of global warming. We need to as soon as possible find suitable environment friendly substitutes to fossil fuels to save our Earth.
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