Explore the science of energy–from what it is and where it comes from, to how we use it–and hear from people working to move the renewable energy industry forward.
Hydropower has long been our leading renewable energy resource. Explore how hydroelectric dams work with this interactive graphic.
How does electricity move from a power plant to your home, school or nearby shopping center? Find out in this interactive graphic.
Although we often use the words “energy” and “power” synonymously, they are not the same. View this interactive to discover what sets energy and power apart.
Do you know how nuclear energy is created? Learn about the steps involved in generating electricity from uranium atoms in this interactive graphic.
Energy can’t be transferred with 100 percent efficiency. This infographic explains how we “lose” energy as it moves from the source—coal—to becoming electricity in our homes.
How is energy from the sun collected and used to generate electricity? Find out in this infographic.
Electricity can even be generated from our garbage. See how a waste-to-energy facility works with this interactive graphic.
Explore units of energy–from the calorie to the joule—with this infographic.
This infographic depicts the two major categories of energy resources: nonrenewable and renewable.
Samuel Weatherwax is an insulation and coatings technician for a geothermal power plant.
Aindrila Mukhopadhyay is a microbiologist who directs a group researching ways to use microbes to convert plants into biofuels.
Damon Vander Lind works at Makani Power building high-altitude kites that can generate more power than conventional wind turbines.
Leila Madrone is a mechatronics engineer who leads a team that is designing heliostats — mechanisms used in concentrating solar power systems.
QUEST is funded by the National Science Foundation.