36Bureau of Energy Efficiency
2.BASICS OFENERGYAND ITS VARIOUS FORMS
SyllabusBasics of Energy and its various forms
: Electricity basics - DC & AC currents,Electricity tariff, Load management and Maximum demand control, Power factor.Thermal basics -Fuels, Thermal energy contents of fuel, Temperature & Pressure, Heatcapacity, Sensible and Latent heat, Evaporation, Condensation, Steam, Moist air andHumidity & Heat transfer, Units and conversion.
Energy is the ability to do work and work is the transfer of energy from one form to another. Inpractical terms, energy is what we use to manipulate the world around us, whether by excitingour muscles, by using electricity, or by using mechanical devices such as automobiles. Energycomes in different forms - heat (thermal), light (radiant), mechanical, electrical, chemical, andnuclear energy.
2.2Various Forms of Energy
There are two types of energy - stored (potential) energy and working (kinetic) energy. Forexample, the food we eat contains chemical energy, and our body stores this energy until werelease it when we work or play.
Potential energy is stored energy and the energy of position (gravitational). It exists in variousforms.
Chemical energy is the energy stored in the bonds of atoms and molecules. Biomass, petrole-um, natural gas, propane and coal are examples of stored chemical energy.
Nuclear energy is the energy stored in the nucleus of an atom - the energy that holds the nucle-us together. The nucleus of a uranium atom is an example of nuclear energy.
Stored Mechanical Energy
Stored mechanical energy is energy stored in objects by the application of a force. Compressedsprings and stretched rubber bands are examples of stored mechanical energy.