Non-Renewable Energy

Non-renewable energy sources are those which run out.

Fossil Fuels

  • In coal, oil and gas fired power stations fossil fuels are burned to produce heat.
  • The heat boils water to produce steam which drives a generator to produce electricity.


  • Atoms of radioactive minerals such as uranium are split inside a nuclear reactor.
  • Heat produced from the reaction heats water and the steam drives turbines and generates electricity.