Kinetic energy

Posted: 3 November 2000

The energy an object possesses as result of its motion. Kinetic energy is often produced by the conversion of other forms of energy. For example, the thermal energy obtained by burning coal can be used to produce steam that in turn provides kinetic energy through a mechanical device such as a piston engine or turbine. Moving fluids such as wind or water possess kinetic energy that can be used to drive windmills or hydroelectric generators.