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[edit] History

The word energy derives from the Ancient Greek: ἐνέργεια energeia “activity, operation”, which possibly appears for the first time in the work of Aristotle in the 4th century BC. In contrast to the modern definition, energeia was a qualitative philosophical concept, broad enough to include ideas such as happiness and pleasure.

In the late 17th century, Gottfried Leibniz proposed the idea of the Latin: vis viva, or living force, which defined as the product of the mass of an object and its velocity squared; he believed that total vis viva was conserved. To account for slowing due to friction, Leibniz theorized that thermal energy consisted of the random motion of the constituent parts of matter, a view shared by Isaac Newton, although it would be more than a century until this was generally accepted. The modern analog of this property, kinetic energy, differs from vis via only by a factor of two.

In 1807, Thomas Young was possibly the first to use the term "energy" instead of vis viva, in its modern sense. Gustave-Gaspard Coriolis described "kinetic energy" in 1829 in its modern sense, and in 1853, William Rankine coined the term "potential energy". The law of conservation of energy, was also first postulated in the early 19th century, and applies to any isolated system. It was argued for some years whether heat was a physical substance, dubbed the caloric, or merely a physical quantity, such as momentum. In 1845 James Prescott Joule discovered the link between mechanical work and the generation of heat.

These developments led to the theory of conservation of energy, formalized largely by William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) as the field of thermodynamics. Thermodynamics aided the rapid development of explanations of chemical processes by Rudolf Clausius, Josiah Willard Gibbs, and Walther Nernst. It also led to a mathematical formulation of the concept of entropy by Clausius and to the introduction of laws of radiant energy by Jožef Stefan. According to Noether's theorem, the conservation of energy is a consequence of the fact that the laws of physics do not change over time. Thus, since 1918, theorists have understood that the law of conservation of energy is the direct mathematical consequence of the translational symmetry of the quantity conjugate to energy, namely time.

[edit] Measurement and units

Energy, like mass, is a scalar physical quantity. The joule is the International System of Units (SI) unit of measurement for energy. It is a derived unit of energy, work, or amount of heat. It is equal to the energy expended (or work done) in applying a force of one newton through a distance of one metre. However energy is also expressed in many other units such as ergs, calories, British Thermal Units, kilowatt-hours and kilocalories for instance. There is always a conversion factor for these to the SI unit; for instance; one kWh is equivalent to 3.6 million joules.

The SI unit of power (energy per unit time) is the watt, which is simply a joule per second. Thus, a joule is a watt-second, so 3600 joules equal a watt-hour. The CGS energy unit is the erg, and the imperial and US customary unit is the foot pound. Other energy units such as the electron volt, food calorie or thermodynamic kcal (based on the temperature change of water in a heating process), and BTU are used in specific areas of science and commerce and have unit conversion factors relating them to the joule.

Because energy is defined as the ability to do work on objects, there is no absolute measure of energy. Only the transition of a system from one state into another can be defined and thus energy is measured in relative terms. The choice of a baseline or zero point is often arbitrary and can be made in whatever way is most convenient for a problem. For example in the case of measuring the energy deposited by X-rays as shown in the accompanying diagram, conventionally the technique most often employed is calorimetry. This is a thermodynamic technique that relies on the measurement of temperature using a thermometer or of intensity of radiation using a bolometer.

Energy density is a term used for the amount of useful energy stored in a given system or region of space per unit volume. For fuels, the energy per unit volume is sometimes a useful parameter. In a few applications, comparing, for example, the effectiveness of hydrogen fuel to gasoline it turns out that hydrogen has a higher specific energy than does gasoline, but, even in liquid form, a much lower energy density.

[edit] Definition

Energy is the power that is needed to do any types of work. The more energy there is, the more work you can do or the longer you can work on the same work. Energy can be won by natural sources and be created artificially.

[edit] Forms of energy

Energy is key to modern society, and is provided through:

  • Fossil fuels: a storable form of energy which cause pollution and climate change
  • Renewable energy from nature, namely solar, wind, geothermal, wave and tidal power. These are typically more expensive up front, but far more sustainable, cleaner and lower risk to the environment. Costs vary widely, and many specific technologies are under development.
  • Biofuels: a storable form of energy which is either emissionless or close to emissionless
  • Nuclear energy, which is a storable, emisionless form of energy, but carries risks (depending on the form of nuclear energy -ie through nuclear fission or nuclear fusion-).
  • Human power - e.g. cycling for transport, which has benefits for health but which is a large burden if used for all required energy.
  • Animal power - (see the pages in Category:Animal power). This is still used in developing countries, but relatively expensive in terms of feed used and time required for care.

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[edit] Problems with centralized power generation

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"It is the experience of most developing countries that energy produced through centralized thermal, hydroelectric and nuclear power stations rarely flows to rural areas where the bulk of the population lives. A typical distribution for such centralized power production is about 80% for urban industry (based on energy intensive Western technology), about 10% for urban domestic consumption, and only about 10% for rural areas." - CERES: The FAO Review on Development, March-April 1976

[edit] GreenIT (green data centers)

Green IT (green information technology) is the practice of environmentally sustainable computing. Green IT try to minimize the negative impact of IT operations on the environment. The motives behind green IT practices include reducing the use of materials, maximizing energy efficiency. Many corporate IT departments have green computing initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of their IT operations.

The Problem

In the last years the number of new data centers increased enormously which is connected with the spread of the Internet. The motivation is to build efficient server designs that reduce energy costs. For example, Google's data center consumes 100 MW of power, which would be enough to supply a small town with power. It is 12 football fields in size and contains approximately 100K servers. Each of these server costs about $ 50 per month without the costs of cooling.

What is the Green Data Center?

  • Reduce the cost of running servers
  • Reduce the number of servers
  • Merge systems
  • Cut cooling costs
  • Use green design and green energy

Buy / design energy-efficient servers

  • Better hardware, better power supplies
  • DC is more energy-efficient than AC
  • Manage your servers better!
  • Intelligent power management
  • Turn off servers when not in use
  • Virtualization => can move apps around

[edit] Smart home

Smart home is a system to control the power consumption in everyone's household via automated systems and funk. The idea of smart homes is to increase the quality of life and to improve the use of energy. This will be achieved with networked home automation, houshold appliances and entertainmet systems. By house automation technique you are able to regulate e.g. light and heating timely and as needed. Shutters can be pulled up and down by light incidence. Light, air conditioner and other devices can be turned on an off when the system regestrate if somebody is in the room or not. Via smartphones you are able e.g. to turn on the heater an hour before you arrive at home. So it is still warm bit the heater is not on all day. Otherwise you are able to programm houeshold devices e.g. a coffee machine that makes coffee every morning when you wake up. With all this functions you can safe up to 40% energy.

Why you should use smart home?

1. It is secure
2. Easy to install
3. Easy to handle: via smartphone, remote controller, tablet or PC.
4. It is available everywhere.(Even with a different power supply company, not only with RWE in Germany)
5. The consumption can be visualised clearly
6. Intelligent and customised

[edit] Plus Energy House

What is an Plus Energy House? As the name already says, it is a house wich produce more energy than it is need. What is happen with the additional energy? You can offer the enregy the industry and give it to the powerline. So you produce your own energy for your own use and for the rest you can earn some money. You are independent from the powerline. How it works? The house itselfs is build with trippleglazing and a special insulation. When you open the outside door, warm air was capture. Outgoing air and effluence dont´t live the house whitout escaping the rest energy. The goal for the future, is to make a full energy circulation. The main energy is produced by Solarsystems and heatpumps. But there are also other ways to gain energy for the house. For example the windpower. Meanwhile you can get a small Version for private houses.

[edit] Smart Grid

Smart grid is a electrical grid that use information technology to gather data and act according to them.

The smart grid is Modernise Technology to make the electric grid more efficient, reliable ,secure and greener.

This is ensured by a new modernized grid technology. It's advanced technology exchanges the information about the utilisation of the customer and sends it to the power plant.

Benefiting from the power of the system the plant is able to produce more efficient but to still lower the cost of the production.

Furthermore this technology is important for the inclusion of future Power Plants like solar systems, wind turbines but especially for optimising the usage of energy.

The smart home communicates with the smart grid. The base of this technology is the Smart Meter. It measures the usage of Energy.

[edit] Natural energy sources

The use of alternative natural sources of energy is attractive because of the uncertain price and limited availability of oil, the pollution that is associated with the burning of fossil fuels, the tremendous experiences and dangers of nuclear power, and a variety of other reasons. In developing countries the first reason is of particular importance because their industrial development, coming at a time of low cost plentiful oil supplies, has resulted in greater reliance on this single source of energy than is true in the developed countries, despite the fact that the latter use tremendously larger quantities. For industrialized countries such as the United

States, practical and economically competitive alternative energy systems already exist that could replace the entire nuclear power contribution to U.S. energy supplies. (Note: Wood space heating stoves [selling 1-2 million units a year] surpassed nuclear power in total contribution to U.S. energy supplies in 1980!)

For village level applications, there are many promising existing technologies. The five sections which follow explore of these in more depth: sun, wind, water, wood and biogas. These technologies are small-scale and necessarily decentralized . This, rather than any other technical inferiority, is the primary. reason earlier forms of these technologies were eventually passed over in the industrialized countries. While these systems cannot very effectively be used for the power needs of large industry, they can be well suited to the needs of villages and small communities. They can be low in cost relatively simple in construction and maintenance, made of materials available in villages and small towns, and non-polluting.

With each price increase in the worlds diminishing oil supply, renewable energy sources are made more attractive. The decentralized supply of these renewable energy sources - wind power, solar energy, water power and biofuels - matches the decentralized settlements of the rural South. Planners and program administrators are increasingly convinced that these technologies have a major role in the energy supplies of rural communities.

[edit] Save energy

Energy is a precious resource. If we can safe energy, we will reduce the CO2 ejection, safe money and rescue our earth. There are some easy steps to decrease the energy consumption at home.

Efficiency - Pay attention when you buy new electronic devices like freezer or dishwasher. All these devices have efficiency score from F to A++++. It will be worth after a short time.

Switch off - If you go to bed, switch off all devices instead of set it to stand by.

Use caps - Cooking is a nice hobby. But don't forget to use a cap on the pots. Otherwise, 30% of the energy is lost.

Freezer placement - Place your Freezer where its cold anyways, because of that he hasn't to cool so much.

Washing - Wash at 40 degree and fill the washing machine complete. Don't use a dryer, your laundry likes fresh air!

Dishwasher - The same principle like the washing. Fill it complete!

Windows - Don't tilt the windows for hours. Better open them complete for a few minutes. That will reduce the energy for heating extreme!

Room temperature - If you reduce the room temperature only by some degrees, it will reduce the energy up to 10 percent!

Waste - Separate the waste. That will not save money, but you can save 1 kilo C02 for 1 kilo old paper!

When you follow only some of these easy methods, you will notice in the end of the year that you saved tones of energy!

[edit] Future of Energy

In the future the limited resources will come to an end but renewable ones like solar, water and air can help then.
The solar energy for example could be used in the future to make journeys to other planets or galaxies.
The solar sail is one of the products which is able to make such journeys happen. With it you can run a spaceship or satellite in the space. Some satellites are working with it yet.
The coal and oil energy for example will 'die' in the future because these are two limited resources. Many companies like E-on for example work with renewable energy towards the future for a better world.

[edit] Waste of energy

Energy is an important part of our lives. But everyone of us squandered too much energy in his life. An example of energy waste, is the light bulb, it produces light and thereby also waste heat, which is'nt in use. From small household to industrial everyone wasted energy. There is also the possibility of the waste of energy to counteract, for example waste heat from generators, is used for hot water production. Additional energy is wasted, by the waste heat from computers. Or the long standbytime our entertainment devices.

Everyone of us should be less wasteful. Also power plants waste energy in the form of electricity. German power plants sell electricity to neighboring countries, because the current was produced too much. Due to the more production is'nt only the energy also the natural resources get wasted. With which energy can be regenerated later. This current use for example pumped storage power stations, to pump the water from the rivers high in reservoirs, and discharge at night to produce their own electricity. This shows waste of energy in most countries and that not only the energy is wasted, also the resources. By saving the resources we could produce even more energy over several decades.

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