July 12, 2022

What Is Solar Energy Used To Power?

Solar panels have many uses, from powering individual devices like smartphones to fully equipped homes and businesses!

When you replace your refrigerator or hot water heater with a new model that runs off of standard electricity, you may be leaving money on the table—or worse, you could be losing revenue by not taking advantage of this low-cost way to save money while cutting harmful emissions.


Solar thermal energy is just what it sounds like—energy created from the heat of the sun.


That means solar thermal energy is an excellent source of renewable energy because we can generate unlimited amounts of it through sustainable farming techniques. You may have heard about how California’s drought is causing its dry areas to turn green as plants grow in warmer soil with less need for water. Well, that same effect happens when farmers use reflective roofing materials to capture sunlight and warm their fields, resulting in more abundant crops.


Solar photovoltaic energy creates electricity when light falls on specially designed silicon crystals.


When you watch sunrises and sunsets, you are helping to create clean electricity in your own home. All you need is a sunny window or backyard to capture all that beauty for your family and our planet.


Solar heating uses mirrors or lenses to concentrate the sun’s rays onto a small area, causing your water heater, boiler, or oven to get hotter.


This technology takes advantage of the fact that sunlight is concentrated in the sky when viewed from the right angle. When you look at the Sun, it moves across the sky very quickly (around 28 seconds). Your eyes can only focus on one object at a time—so which way do you focus? Most people focus their attention on the moving objects in the sky, so most satellites orbit our planet counterclockwise (the opposite direction of other planets in this article). But because sunlight is also focused downward toward Earth, the south side of your house will receive more natural light than the north side if you live in an equatorial region. That means you can use less energy to heat up your home on the coldest days of winter!


Concentrated solar power systems use large fields of mirrors or lenses to focus the sun’s radiation into a narrow beam.


These fields are located on top of buildings or other structures and can be found almost anywhere there is open land. The sunlight reflects off a heliostat—a panel that tracks the movement of the sun across the sky and directs it toward a specific focal point. When this happens, the sun’s radiation is concentrated many times over! This enables you to generate huge amounts of electricity from relatively little light.


Solar fuel cells use the same technology as solar cells but instead create electricity by combining hydrogen with oxygen, releasing two


That’s right—a renewable source just gave off two free hydrocarbons! This technology has tremendous potential to meet our energy needs in an environmentally responsible way. Fuel cells run on the gas quite differently from how they produce electricity (see above), so while it can be challenging to find places that accept these gases, you should have no trouble finding suppliers in your area.


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