Energy Basics: Conversions

Siddharth Singh
Jun 15, 2017 · 1 min read

Here is a handy chart of the various forms of energy and the processes by which they can be converted from one form to the other.

Source: recreated from Vaclav Smil’s Energy (2006)

It should be read as, for instance, “chemical energy is to thermal energy by whereas thermal energy is to chemical energy by

Humans have been able to commercialise many of these forms of energy for our use. For instance, solar (electromagnetic) energy is used to boil water (thermal energy) and fossil fuels (chemical energy) are first burnt (thermal energy) and then used to run the wheels of automobiles (kinetic energy) through internal combustion engines.

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