AZURE is an education-based partnership of experienced Renewable Energy Professionals, designed to expand teachers' knowledge about Renewable Energy Resources - those sources of energy which are inexhaustible because their use today does not reduce their availability for the future. AZURE partners with teachers to provide students with educational opportunities and competitions to energize their interest in applying Renewable Energy solutions to our global energy challenges.
AZURE's goals are to:
Renewable Energy Sources are those energy sources that are replenished through natural cycles. These sources include: solar, wind, moving water, energy stored in plant matter (bio-energy), and geothermal energy.
Click on the 'Renewable Energy' for an overview of renewable energy and how it's being used in Arizona.
- The sun - that's the essence of solar energy.
Solar energy is one of our most abundant and renewable sources of energy. Solar energy technologies - such as photovoltaic, solar thermal electric systems, and solar heating and cooling - collect energy from the sun and use it to produce electricity or heat.
Click on the 'Solar Energy' link to learn about the different kinds of solar technologies in use today.
-Imagine using dead trees or manure to keep the lights on in your house! It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it's a technology that's used in a variety of applications all over the world.
Plant matter such as trees, grasses, agricultural crops and other biological material can be used as a solid fuel or converted into liquid or gaseous form, then used as fuel to generate electric energy. There are several biomass conversion technologies.
Click on the 'biomass' link to learn more.
- We've all seen wind turn the blades of windmill, but how can wind generate electricity? Wind turns the blades the same way that steam turns the blades of a turbine in a traditional engine. The turbine then rotates a shaft that drives a generator and electricity is generated.
Click on the 'Wind Energy' link to learn about this valuable resource in Arizona
-Moving water - that's the principle behind hydropower.
Hydroelectric power uses falling water or the force of a natural river current to generate electricity. How? Dammed rivers contain a large body of water while pipes allow a certain amount of that water to flow through. The movement of this flowing water is used to turn the blades of a turbine, thus generating electricity.
Click on the 'Hydro Power' link to learn how Arizona is using hydroelectric power to meet our energy needs.
- Heat from deep inside the Earth can be used to power your home. Geothermal energy technologies will make it possible.
Geothermal energy technologies tap underground hot water and steam resources and use them to generate electric energy. This is a relatively new technology, and ongoing research and development in this area show it has a tremendous potential for helping us meet our energy needs in the future.
Click on the 'Geothermal' link to learn more.
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