Our Electricity

What is electricity? Where does it come from? Who discovered it? When is it dangerous? You will find the answers to all of these questions and many more when you explore this section. Once you've finished you can put your knowledge to the test with our electricity quiz.

Energy Around the World

  • Did you know?
    In Brazil they grow a special type of sugar-cane (called energy-cane) that they use to produce ethanol. Ethanol is a kind of fuel that can be used in cars. Corn can also be used to create ethanol.
  • Did you know?
    In 1859, Colonel Drake invented the first oil well in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Today, 40% of our energy comes from oil.
  • Did you know?
    In 1998, 606 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) were released into the United States just from producing electricity. If you're not sure how much that is, think of it this way, that's the same weight as 112 million elephants!
  • Did you know?
    Because Iceland has the largest number of hot springs out of every country, it is the perfect place to use geothermal energy. In Iceland, 7% of the energy comes from geothermal sources, 93% comes from hydropower, and only 0.1% comes from oil.
  • Did you know?
    If you traveled as fast as electricity, (about 300,000 kilometres per second - the speed of light), you could go around the world 8 times in the time it takes to turn on a light switch.
  • Did you know?
    If you had a light bulb on the moon connected to a switch in your bedroom, it would take only 1.26 seconds for that bulb to light up, 384,403 kilometres (238,857 miles) away.