Energy Production

The greatest need modern civilizations have is energy. Learn about oil, electricity and newer forms of energy like solar and wind power.

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How far underground are oil deposits?

The U.S. consumes 19.1 million barrels of petroleum each day -- almost half of it in the form of gasoline, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

How much energy in a hurricane, a volcano, and an earthquake?

Energy has been on everybody's minds lately, probably because our society is in a transition period, trying to move from polluting sources to cleaner ones.

How precise are deep sea oil scanners?

Let's take a quick second to talk about what a deep-sea oil scanner does. It sends out a laser beam toward whatever needs to be scanned underwater -- usually an oil rig and the surrounding sea floor

How safe is natural gas?

Americans have been using natural gas for decades. It fuels homes and factories, powers our appliances and goes into making products like antifreeze, medicine and explosives. Since 1949, its use and domestic production have risen each year.

How to Sell Electricity Back to the Grid

Did you know that the sun shines more energy onto the Earth's surface than all of its inhabitants use in an entire year? Keep reading to learn How to Sell Electricity Back to the Grid.

How will clean energy help future generations?

Call it, green, clean or renewable; Henry County, Ill., has effectively used alternative energy to spur economic development.

How will hydro energy look in the future?

From devastating tsunamis to being pulled by the current while swimming at the beach, we are innately familiar with the force and power of moving water. However, is hydro power the future of energy?

How will population growth affect energy?

The world is growing at an amazing rate. Currently, the Earth’s population is growing by 60,000 people every eight hours -- that’s two children born every second somewhere around the globe.

How would solar roadways work?

Solar Roadways is a company with an ambitious vision for a new energy future: to replace all concrete and asphalt surfaces. How will solar roadways work?

Could Cities be Powered by Our Bodies?

Could cities be powered by our bodies? Check out this amazing graphic to learn about the future of power and discover if cities can be powered by our bodies.

Mother Nature and the Grid: Nature's Power Illustrated

The generating capacity of modern civilization's power grids might seen mighty, but it's nothing compared to the energy expended by forces of nature. Check out this amazing graphic, Mother Nature and the Grid: Nature's Power.

Rise of Megacities: The Future Illustrated

A megacity is a city with more than 10 million inhabitants. Check out the amazing graphic that shows the Rise of Megacities: The Future Illustrated.

An Illustrated History of Energy

How much do you know about the history of energy? Check out this awesome graphic that explains the History of Energy.

Intelligent Transportation Systems: The future of travel?

Rapidly advancing technology during the past few decades has changed how we work, how we entertain ourselves, and how we connect with one another. Now advances in technology promise to improve how we drive.

Is clean coal a long-term solution to pollution?

There's a short and long answer to this question, and they both start the same way. If you came looking for the short answer, a succinct, unequivocal 'No' will do. If you're interested in the longer one, you'll need the basic background info first.

Is coal to liquid more efficient than gasoline?

Coal dominates the power industry in the U.S., producing nearly half of all electricity consumed in the country.

Is gas and oil drilling mostly computerized?

From locating new reserves to analyzing crude as it's refined, the oil and gas industry utilizes computer technology at every step of the way.

Is natural gas a good source of energy?

When people talk about energy and natural gas, opinions differ. Is it harmful to the environment, or the last great clean energy source?

Is natural gas line installation expensive?

If you're interested in saving money by switching to natural gas to heat your home and power your appliances, you may have to have a gas line installed to bring it to your door.

Is natural gas renewable?

In 2010, a West Virginia coal mine collapse and a massive oil spill in the Gulf have renewed people's interest in other energy sources, like natural gas.

Meet the Energy Superbugs: Extremophiles

Extremophiles are tiny microbes that are able to thrive in hot, salty and even acidic or gaseous environments that would kill other forms of life.

Nanogenerators & Microgenerators In The Home

For most people, electricity is a fairly abstract idea. It is produced somewhere far away, transported into our homes via lines that are ubiquitous to the point of being invisible, and switched on and off without second thought.

The Oil Drilling Process Explained

Remember those orange juice commercials? The ones where people tried to poke a rolling orange with a straw?

The Pros and Cons of Shale Gas

Under our toes, a wealth of gas exists that burns clean and could wean the U.S. off energy dependence. But getting to it is a bit tricky.

Thorium Nuclear Reactors: A safer alternative?

As the global climate change crisis mounts and the global population has surpassed 7 billion, the search for plentiful, environmentally-friendly energy has taken on new urgency.