Amazing facts of solar energy

Amazing facts of solar energy

Solar power is one of the cleanest, most reliable and most popular energy industries in the world.

Solar-powered photovoltaic (PV) panels convert the sun’s rays into electricity by exciting electrons in silicon cells using the photons of light from the sun.

Solar energy is an extremely interesting field, but we do not know much about it, since there are many impressive facts that tirelessly inspire to invest in the future.

Infographics “Solar Power Powered by the Power of the Sun” will give you unique knowledge about the industry, make you look at the world in a new way and will have a positive impact on the attitude to the environment.

Solar Energy Capturing the Power of the Sun for Electricity

Solar energy, radiant light, and heat from the sun is harnessed using a range of ever-evolving technologies such as solar heating, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal electricity, solar architecture&artificial photosynthesis.

In 2011, the international energy agency said that development of affordable inexhaustible&clear solar energy technologies will have huge long-term benefits:

  • Enhance sustainability
  • Lower the costs of mitigating climate change keep fossil fuel prices lower
  • Increase countries energy security through reliance on an indigenous, inexhaustible and mostly import-independent resource
  • Reduce pollution

Energy from the sun in figures:

  • The earth receives 174 petawatts = 174 million gigawatts of incoming solar upper atmosphere
  • Approximately 30% is reflected back to space the rest is absorbed by clouds, oceans and land masses
  • Photosynthesis captures approximately 3 000 EJ/year in biomass
  • The total solar energy absorbed by the earth’s surface, oceans and land masses is approximately 3 850 000 exajoules/year

Application of solar energy

  1. Arhitecture&urban planning

Solar lights that collect energy through the day and then light up when the sun is about to set.

Light tubes, skylights and light shelves that are often part of entire daylighting systems or hybrid solar lighting (HSL) systems that collect sunlight and distribute it indoors

Energy Requirements can be reduced by as much as 25%

2. Agriculture&Horticulture

Applications of solar energy also include pumping water, drying crops and brooding chicks

Fruit walls maximize the collection of solar energy.
Over time stopping walls were developed to make better use of sunlight

Greenhouses convert solar light to heat, enabling year-round production and the growth of specialty plants and other plants not normally suited to the local climate

3. Transport&Reconnaissance

150 marines tasted and trained with an assortment of solar devices which included packing solar panels, solar heating&cooling devices, LED lights, solar light trailers for use at checkpoints and solar powered generators

The new equipment is expected to cut their fuel consumption by an estimated 30-50%

Solar Thermal

In the US, heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) systems account for over

25% of energy used in commercial buildings&nearly half of the energy used in residential buildings

Process heat

Solar concentrating technologies such as parabolic dish, through, Scheffer reflectors can provide process heat for commercial and industrial applications

Electricity production

A solar panel is made of the natural element silicon which becomes charged electrically when subjected to sunlight

Water heating and treatment
Concentrated photovoltaic may prove to be the likeliest candidate for water treatment

Fuel Production
Solar chemical processes use solar energy to drive chemical reactions. These processes offset energy that would otherwise come from fossil fuel source and can also convert solar energy into storable and transportable fuel

Solar cookers use sunlight for cooking, drying and pasteurization.

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