Energy flow diagram

Nick Touran, 2020-06-03

This diagram roughly shows the origin of energy we can use to help us do stuff.

Most items are individually clickable to give you more info (mostly Wikipedia links).

UPDATE: This was remixed by @OperadorNuclear really well.

graph TD big["Big bang"] --> Protons[(Protons)] --> Stars[("Ancient stars
(nuclear fusion)")] click Stars "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_fusion" click big "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bang" Stars --> stellar["Stellar
nucleosynthesis"] click stellar "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellar_nucleosynthesis" stellar --> iron[(Elements lighter
than Iron)] iron --> fusion(["Nuclear fusion
on Earth (TBD)"]) -.-> Electricity((Energy)) click fusion "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusion_power" style fusion stroke:#f66,stroke-dasharray: 5, 5 supernova --> cooling["Residual cooling"] --> geo supernova --> Uranium Stars --> supernova["Supernova
nucleosynthesis"] click supernova "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supernova_nucleosynthesis" Stars --> ssys[(Solar system
dynamics)] ssys --> Tidal([Tidal]) --> Electricity click Tidal "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidal_power" click ssys "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formation_and_evolution_of_the_Solar_System" Protons --> Sun[("Our Sun
(nuclear fusion)")]--> srad["Solar radiation"] click Protons "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proton" click Sun "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun" click srad "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunlight" srad --> solar(["Solar PV"]) click solar "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photovoltaic_system" srad --> uneven["Uneven heating"] --> pressure["Pressure gradients"] --> Wind([Wind]) click pressure "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressure_gradient" solar --> Electricity Wind --> Electricity click Wind "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind" fission --> fp[(Fission products)] click fission "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_fission" click fp "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_fission_product" fission --> Electricity srad --> Evaporation --> Rain[(Rain)] --> hydro([Hydropower]) --> Electricity click hydro "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydropower" click Rain "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rain" click Evaporation "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evaporation" srad --> Photosynthesis --> Plants[(Organic matter)] Plants --> Biofuel[(Biofuel)] --> Combustion --> Electricity Plants --> Decay --> Fossil[("Fossil fuel
(oil, coal, gas)")] --> Combustion click Photosynthesis "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photosynthesis" click Decay "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossil_fuel#Origin" click Fossil "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossil_fuel" click Biofuel "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biofuel" click Combustion "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combustion" click Plants "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_matter" iron --> |K-40| decayheat Uranium --> decayheat["Radioactive decay heat"] decayheat --> geo([Geothermal]) click decayheat "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth%27s_internal_heat_budget#Radiogenic_heat" geo --> Electricity click geo "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_energy" Uranium[("Uranium &
Thorium")] --> fission(["Nuclear fission"]) "" Electricity -->quality[("Improved quality of life")] click Electricity "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy" click quality "https://www.researchgate.net/figure/HDI-vs-electricity-consumption-2-40-46_fig4_315794998" Combustion --> airp[(Air pollution)] click airp "http://www9.who.int/airpollution/en/" Combustion --> co2[("CO₂ emissions")] co2 --> warming[(Climate change)] airp --> lung[(Lung diseases)] click co2 "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenhouse_gas#Anthropogenic_greenhouse_gases" click lung "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Respiratory_disease" click warming "https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/"

You can download this as a jpg here.