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Thermal energy is created by the addition of heat to a substance. Thermal energy that humans use to provide heat or electricity is harnessed in three ways: from the sun, from within the earth or by burning combustible materials, such as coal and fuel oil. For utility-scale electricity, each source requires a different way to harness thermal energy, but all involve the creation of heat to spin a turbine that produces electricity.
For solar thermal energy plants, large mirrors are used to reflect sunlight onto pipes or a central tower containing water or another substance. When that substance is solar-heated, it boils to create steam and spin the turbine. To harness thermal energy from the earth - called geothermal energy - deep holes are drilled into the crust, where rock is superheated by the earth's molten core. Water is heated in these deep layers of rock and pumped to the surface, where it creates steam. In a fossil-fueled power plant, coal is burnt off; the heat (or thermal energy) created is used to drive some kind of rotating machinery to produce electricity. Some fossil-fuel plants use combustion to create steam, but this reduces the overall efficiency of the plant.
It is the "burning off" of fossil fuels that is causing the troublesome pollution in our skies. For that reason, solar thermal and geothermal energy are fast gaining support and popularity amongst governments, businesses, utilities and the general population.
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We cannot say enough about California Construction Center and our expert designer, Jonathan, who designed the historic remodel of our attic space in our 1910 Craftsman bungalow. We had an unfinished attic that we wanted to convert to a Master bedroom and possibly add a new bathroom, and needed a new furnace and water heater, but didn't know where to begin. When we first met Jonathan, we felt we were in good hands. We felt a sense of trust, respect, and the feeling that we weren't being pushed to do or pay for anything extra. He took the time to listen to our ideas, answer our questions, and provide us with ideas that we hadn't considered throughout the design process that were perfect for our old home. The new space is energy efficient and feels like it was always a bedroom space, while the bathroom is modern, but has the historic details of our home. We always felt like our ideas and suggestions for the remodel were taken into consideration. The designing and remodeling project could have been so stressful, but Jonathan and the California Construction Center team made it flow smoothly by being available to us during the months of work: answering questions, limiting disruptions, and handling contractors. Minor mishaps (that happen during any remodel) were handled quickly and efficiently, and Jonathan was persistent in making sure they were solved. We regularly receive complements on the quality of the work and the great design!