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Future Fuels

Exploring our energy options

The Sun is the origin for most of our energy sources. Humans have relied on fossil fuels in the past, but what will fuel our energy needs in the future?

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Finding your way around

There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:

  • The collections contain groups of related resources about Future Fuels.
  • The Connections tool is a visual interactive pathway to discovering the resources and related content for Future Fuels.
  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.

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    In search of oil

    Adam Vonk studies the geology of the Taranaki basin to discover what the rocks present tell him about the past and the prospects of finding oil.

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    Renewable energy sources

    Renewable energy sources include solar, wind, water, geothermal power and bioenergy, and they play an important part in reducing the use of non-renewable resources.

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    Geothermal power

    Geothermal energy is a renewable resource that we can use to make electricity with little environmental impact, provided waste water is disposed of carefully.

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    Peter Hall

    Peter Hall is a senior scientist in the field of bioenergy research at Crown Research Institute Scion.

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Mapping rocks onshore

Adam Vonk’s PhD thesis looks at how we can use information from onshore rocks to...


NZ Research

NZ Research collection.
NZ Research collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to Future...

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking closer

Looking closer collection.
Looking closer collection.
This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Future Fuels, which supports the resources in the other...


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Future Fuels. Click on a name to find out more...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Future...


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. An interactive look at some of the historical aspects of Future Fuels.

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Future...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered when exploring Future Fuels – the ‘basics’ that every student...

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips, animations and interactives that relate to Future Fuels.

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