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Solar Energy

Solar Energy

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Published by Ankur Verma

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Published by: Ankur Verma on Apr 14, 2011
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Solar Energy:Solar Energy:The Ultimate RenewableThe Ultimate RenewableResourceResource
 
W
hat is Solar Energy?
W
hat is Solar Energy?
Originates with theOriginates with thethermonuclear fusionthermonuclear fusionreactions occurring inreactions occurring inthe sun.the sun.
Represents the entireRepresents the entireelectromagneticelectromagneticradiation (visible light,radiation (visible light,infrared, ultraviolet, xinfrared, ultraviolet, x--rays, and radio waves).rays, and radio waves).
 
dvantages and Disadvantages
dvantages and Disadvantages
dvantages
dvantages
ll chemical and radioactive polluting byproducts of 
ll chemical and radioactive polluting byproducts of the thermonuclear reactions remain behind on thethe thermonuclear reactions remain behind on thesun, while only pure radiant energy reaches thesun, while only pure radiant energy reaches theEarth.Earth.
Energy reaching the earth is incredible. By oneEnergy reaching the earth is incredible. By onecalculation, 30 days of sunshine striking the Earthcalculation, 30 days of sunshine striking the Earthhave the energy equivalent of the total of all thehave the energy equivalent of the total of all theplanet·s fossil fuels, both used and unused!planet·s fossil fuels, both used and unused!
DisadvantagesDisadvantages
Sun does not shine consistently.Sun does not shine consistently.
Solar energy is a diffuse source. To harness it, weSolar energy is a diffuse source. To harness it, wemust concentrate it into an amount and form that wemust concentrate it into an amount and form that wecan use, such as heat and electricity.can use, such as heat and electricity.
ddressed by approaching the problem through:
ddressed by approaching the problem through:1) collection, 2) conversion, 3) storage.1) collection, 2) conversion, 3) storage.

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