Renewable energy is used from a number of sources in Queensland. Approximately 6% (745 megawatts (MW)) of the 12,500 (MW) of electricity generating capacity in the state comes from renewable sources. The most significant of these is biomass primarily bagasse or sugar cane waste.In this fact sheet an overview of renewable energy generation in Queensland is provided.
This is a Google Earth interactive map showing the locations of all operating and proposed renewable energy power stations in Australia. Each location is represented by name and an icon corresponding to the type of energy used. Students can click on the icon to see basic information about the ownership and location of the facility.Queensland Resources Council wishes to acknowledge the considerable assistance provided by Geoscience Australia in the provision of these maps.
Solar is one form of renewable energy. Solar power can be used in two different ways as a heat source and as an electricity source. This fact sheet looks at the techniques for harnessing solar energy such as solar thermal, solar gas, photovoltaic systems, and the solar energy industry in Australia. The advantages and disadvantages of solar energy are also examined.
Find out about the technologies that can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. This resource consists of an animated video accompanied by an interactive landscape activity.The video focuses on technologies that can reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, as well as renewable energy and improved energy efficiency.The interactive landscape allows students to select from a range of low emission energy resources and activities and access related images, information sheets and video clips. The interactive explores energy efficiency and production incorporating both renewable and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies including oxy-fuel firing, post combustion capture and coal gasification.Queensland Resources Council acknowledges the assistance provided by many organisations in the development of this product including CSIRO, CO2CRC, ACARP, NewGenCoal, Arrow Energy, Santos, CS Energy, Hydrogen Energy International Ltd, Blackwater International Coal Centre, and in particular University of Queensland's Professor Kelly Thambimuthu.
Short and simple animation of a solar shower.
Compare the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and non-renewable energy resources. This is a PowerPoint presentation, with accompanying teacher notes, which outlines the characteristics of a range of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. It describes the positives and negatives of renewable energy sources, such as solar energy, and non-renewable energy sources, such as coal.
This is a worksheet consisting of a blank data table designed for students to record information resulting from their research into renewable energy resources. It specifies the types of energy resources to be investigated and suggests topics for research focus.
This is a worksheet designed to help students research ways of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. It recommends a number of websites, and provides data tables and focus questions as well as tasks to direct the research.
This is a teaching unit, designed for Year 10, aimed at engaging students in investigations about low emission energy sources. A unit outline, teacher guidelines, student activity and an assessment task are provided.
This unit has specifically been aligned to the Australian Science Curriculum year three. In this unit 'Powering Our World' students investigate how heat can cause a change of state and can be used to process ores to produce materials that are used in everyday life. Students focus particularly on solar energy and its effect on everyday materials and also explore how heat is produced by fire, chemicals and electricity. Through an inquiry based approach students examine how heat changes solids to liquids, raises the temperature of objects and can be used as an energy source for cooking.