Energy is a topic of great importance for today's society. Subjects like solar energy, hybrid vehicles,
and renewable energy appear frequently in news reports, and politicians around the world are faced with important decisions that will affect our sources of energy into the future. The “Energy Fundamentals” website provides an overview
of the basic ideas related to the concept of energy. Basic physical principles are explained, and some historical background is provided, along with discussion of energy-related technology. The website is meant to be understandable
to readers with some high school knowledge of the sciences.
The pages are organized according to the following topics:
Definition of the word "energy"
Einstein’s equivalence of energy and mass
Units of energy
Daily energy needs
Energy of electric and magnetic fields
Physics of wind turbines
Solar thermal energy
Supplies of fossil and nuclear fuels
Potential of renewable energy