Sun, the ultimate source
The Sun has produced energy for billions of years and is the primary source of today’s energy and fuel. Since the Sun provides more energy than we need, solar power is an essential energy source in the transition to green energy production. Yes, solar energy is a renewable and inexhaustible energy source; energy is released as long as the Sun continues to shine.
Back in those days…
Interestingly, since the 7th century BC, Solar energy (sunlight) has been used by people to start fires by reflecting the Sun’s rays on shiny objects. Although solar energy mainly refers to solar radiation for practical purposes, all renewable energy sources, except geothermal energy and tidal energy, directly or indirectly receive all renewable energy from the Sun.
Harnessing the Sun with technology
Several innovative and developing technologies, including photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, solar heating, and others, use heat and light converted into heat or electricity. Solar energy is sunlight and heat harnessed using ever-changing technologies such as solar heating, photovoltaics, solar thermal, solar architecture, molten salt power plants, and artificial photosynthesis. Electricity can be generated by installing photovoltaic solar panels consisting of silicon cells that convert sunlight and heat into electricity.
Sun, the cost saver
The potential of solar energy is enormous, as approximately 200,000 times the world’s total daily electricity generation capacity is received daily by the Earth in the form of solar energy. Solar power is a smart way to save on your energy bills by reducing your reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels. Lowering your monthly energy bill is a priority in most homes. Generating your energy from the Sun makes it easier to cut down on energy costs.
Solar Energy and Solar Thermal Energy
Solar thermal energy, i.e., used for heating, has a broader range of applications than a solar photovoltaic system used for electricity. Still, solar thermal energy for small-scale power generation is not as practical as photovoltaic. On a much larger scale, solar thermal power plants use various methods to concentrate solar energy as a heat source.
Solar Thermal Energy
Active solar generation methods, such as the implementation of solar thermal collector systems such as these, convert sunlight into thermal or electrical energy. In a solar thermal system, mirrors concentrate the Sun’s rays on tubes containing a liquid that can hold thermal energy well. Solar thermal energy provides heat using mirrors to focus the Sun’s rays on the receiver and reach temperatures of 1000 degrees Celsius.
Solar thermal energy, also called thermosolar energy, uses solar energy to produce heat, which is then used as an energy source in everyday life (for heating the house, cooking, or personal hygiene) and converting heat at an industrial level into mechanical energy and the production of electrical energy from it.
Solar energy is a renewable resource. As stated above, many technologies can harvest it directly in homes, businesses, schools, and hospitals. With a solar energy storage system, customers can store their energy on-site, further reducing their dependence on grid power and maintaining the ability to power their homes in a power outage.
Solar energy is the future of how we generate and consume electricity.