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Education hub
The place to go for downloadables, factsheets, animations and explainers.

We know that the world of energy and energy infrastructure can be more than a little overwhelming. So, we’ve pulled all of our resources into one place, not only for you, but for the young engineers of tomorrow to get stuck into.

The resources we've made available range from radio episodes, downloadable books and articles or videos that explain exactly what 'renewable energy' means, and why it's so important. 

If you want to work with us to develop bespoke educational content, please reach out to us directly. You can also view the work we do in the wider community here. 

Where to start, for the grown-ups

Celebration in front of a wind farm

What is net zero?

We’ve all heard the term net zero, but what exactly does it mean?

Cloudy filed

What are greenhouse gases?

Greenhouse gases (also known as GHGs) are gases in the earth’s atmosphere that trap heat. Find out more about the process here.

Carbon neutral vs net zero – understanding the difference

As conversation around climate change grows louder, we’ve had to become familiar with the language used to describe what it all means.

What is green energy?

And what’s the difference between green energy, renewable energy and clean energy?

Wind turbines hydro energy and solar

What are the different types of renewable energy?

With the UK and US aiming to reach net zero by 2050, using electricity that comes from renewable sources is essential to help reduce our carbon emissions.

Man with solar panels

How does solar power work?

Solar power works by converting energy from the sun into power. There are two forms of energy generated from the sun for our use – electricity and heat.

LNG ship at night

What is liquefied natural gas (LNG)?

Could LNG be the fossil fuel that has yet to reach its true potential as we move towards cleaner, low-carbon energy systems?

What are electricity interconnectors?

Electricity interconnectors run under the sea, underground or via overhead cabling and connect the electricity systems of two countries. It allows the trading and sharing of green electricity.

How do wind turbines work?

Wind turbines can turn the power of wind into the electricity we all use to power our homes and businesses. We explain how they work and why they are important to the future of energy.

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What is Carbon Capture and Storage?

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a way of reducing carbon emissions, which could be key to helping to tackle global warming.

What is offshore wind?

If you look out to the North Sea from the UK’s East Coast, you’ll see line upon line of these immense white wind turbines. But how do they work?

Teaching children wind turbine

Want to learn more?

Visit Energy Explained to find out more about how energy works, from its history to the innovations and technologies that could help us build a cleaner, greener energy system for the future.

Just for kids: Watch and read

Net zero, what does it mean?

Net zero is important as it’s the best way we can tackle climate change by reducing global warming. What we do in the next decade will be critical to the future.

Interconnectors

How are Interconnectors helping us in the journey to net zero, and what are they?!

Voices For A Green Future: Children’s messages to world leaders at COP26

It's time we gave our children a say on their future. We asked school pupils across the UK to share their hopes and ambitions for a greener, more sustainable future.

National Grid story: The story of electricity, interconnectors and a little girl called Nessa

Viking Link: Nessa and the Interconnector

Join Nessa and her animal friends as she goes on a journey to find out all about renewable energy and how interconnectors work.

Just for kids: Listen to this

What’s the best energy? What energy is most efficient?

So, we’ve got all these different types of energy, but what’s the BESTEST type? Learn all about the fascinating world of energy with Enn and Gee!

What are Interconnectors?

Reducing climate change is a job not just for our country but for the whole world, and one very cool way that countries are collaborating is with something called… interconnectors.

What are Multi-Purpose Interconnectors?

We’ve looked at interconnectors – cables that connect countries and enable electricity to be passed between them safely and reliably. But what if these interconnectors could do much more than that?

What is Liquefied Natural Gas?

L-N-G stands for LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS. It’s basically natural gas but in liquid form. Find out more in this podcast!