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A more commonly used unit of work among scientists is the joule. The joule is part of the metric system units, and it is used to measure heat, electric energy, and the energy of motion. To produce energy, though, it is not always necessary to burn something. When cleaning up after dinner, a family’s first task is to rinse off the dishes, pots, and pans, using water from the kitchen faucet. What rinses the dishes, though, is not the water from the faucet by itself so much as it is the energy contained in the running water.
Energy-producing systems for tapping the ocean’s thermal energy rely on a system of condensers, evaporators, and turbines to generate electricity. OTEC could provide electricity, especially to many tropical nations that currently have to import all their fuel. 270 Alternative Energy WATER ENERGY Benefits of water energy The major benefit that all forms of water energy have is that they provide power without burning fossil fuels. Energy can be provided for human use without having to tear up the land to mine coal or disrupt ecosystems to drill for oil.
A hydroelectric dam consists of the following components: • Dam: The dam is built to hold back water, which is contained in a reservoir. This water is regarded as stored energy, which is then released as kinetic energy when the dam operators allow water to flow. Sometimes these reservoirs, such as Lake Mead, are used as recreational lakes. • Intake: Gates open to allow the water in the reservoir to flow into a penstock, which is a pipeline that leads to the turbine. 280 Alternative Energy WATER ENERGY Aerial view of Hoover Dam, Nevada, which was built between 1931 and 1936 to harness the Colorado River, creating the reservoir Lake Mead.