Engineers will be pivotal to solving one of the biggest challenges our planet faces: developing sustainable energy sources for our ever-increasing power needs. They are also essential to developing structures and technologies that are more energy efficient.

When you think of energy, you are probably thinking about electricity. That’s the power that charges your phone, runs your television or computer, and keeps the refrigerator in your kitchen humming. But energy also comes in the form of gasoline or fuel to run our cars and natural gas to heat our homes and run our stoves.

Engineers in many different fields work on projects and problems related to energy. Right now they are designing new materials to capture energy, developing new batteries to store it, creating more energy-efficient appliances, and building machines that work on alternate energy sources.

Whatever our energy needs of the future may be, engineering will be essential to meeting them.

  • Egirl   Team Posted on July 3, 2012 by Egirl Team
    The Experimental Breeder Reactor-1 was the first facility to produce electricity generated by nuclear energy. The EBR-1 produced the first usable electricity generated by atomic energy. The EBR-1 supplied all of the power for its own building. Three years after it was decommissioned, President Johnson dedicated the facility as a registered National Historic Landmark. The nearby city of Arco, Idaho became the first city in the world to be lit by nuclear power.
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  • Egirl   Team Posted on March 27, 2012 by Egirl Team
    Hoover Dam
    The Hoover Dam is one of the tallest concrete dams ever built and it created one of the largest manmade lakes in the United States. At 726.4 feet tall, it took 200 engineers from several consulting firms and the Bureau of Reclamation to design the dam. It has 3,125,000 cubic yards of concrete and weighs more than 6.6 million tons! Construction of the dam, power plant, and related works took five years to build and was finished two years ahead of schedule. The reservoir created can hold enough water to cover the entire state of Pennsylvania with water one foot deep.
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  • Egirl   Team Posted on March 27, 2012 by Egirl Team
    Taum Sauk Hydroelectric Storage Plant
    The Taum Sauk Hydroelectric Storage Plant, one of the largest stand-alone pumped storage plants, overflowed causing catastrophic flooding.
    The Taum Sauk Hydroelectric Storage Plant in Missouri was engineered to take power from other sources during part of the day and supply energy during other hours. The facility was made of four parts: a 55-acre reservoir at the top of a mountain, a 7000-foot-long tunnel, a powerhouse with two reversible pump-turbine units, and a lower reservoir formed by a dam. The plant produced 350 megawatts by releasing water through the plant into a 400-acre lower lake. Then, at night, the water was pumped back into the upper pool to store energy for the following day when demand would be high again (like a giant battery). The process was directed by remote control in St. Louis, 120 miles away. 
    In December of 2005 however, a catastrophic failure of the upper reservoir released more than a billion gallons of water in less ...
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