Energy PowerPoint



Type of Resource


Year Level

Years 11-12

Years 3-6

Years 7-10




Energy & Renewables

Resources for


Australian Curriculum Content Statements


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.

Educational value statement

  • Reviews a variety of low emission technologies from the point of view of the minerals and energy sector
  • Provides information in point form about each resource.
  • Includes images, diagrams and graphs showing present and projected future energy patterns.
  • Outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each resource.
  • Includes detailed teacher notes containing suggestions and additional information for most slides
  • Encourages examination of the environmental effects of each resource
  • Includes information on the Coal 21 initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions from coal
  • Can be downloaded as a PPT file.

Key learning objectives

  • Students describe how energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity.
  • Students explain what is meant by ‘renewable’ in relation to the Earth’s resources.
  • Students compare renewable and non-renewable energy sources, including how they are used in a range of situations
  • Students critically analyse the validity of information in secondary sources.


  • Science Understanding: Earth and space sciences; Physical sciences
  • Science as a Human Endeavour: Use and influence of science
  • Science Inquiry Skills: Evaluating
  • (Geographical knowledge and understanding: Environment).