Solar Energy

What is Solar Energy?

Solar Energy is the light and heat provided by the sun. It is found in almost anything, such as photosynthesis, electricity and heat for your homes, and even in our seat-belts when we leave the cars out in the sun for a long time. The energy itself is found in the center of the sun where hydrogen atoms combine to form helium in a process called nuclear fusion.

How Do We Get It?

There is 3 major ways to capture solar power:                                                                                -Photovoltaic: Solar cells collect light, that may be reflected, absorbed, or pass through it. The energy may move electrons which created electricity.                                                           -Concentrating Solar Power Technologies: Reflectors are used to direct the sun's energy to a point in a tower. The heat produced is used to heat a fluid, the steam is then used to turn a turbine, thus creating electricity.                                                                                           -Solar Heating: It's basically what it sounds like. Using the sun to heat your homes or businesses. It can be as simple as using a window facing the sun to help your plant grow or heat your room.

Does This Affect Us?

This affects us both economically and environmentally. The solar cell industry can help reduce our trade deficit, as well as create new jobs to strengthen the are many more ways solar energy benefits the economy, directly and indirectly. By reducing your home’s use of traditional energy sources, you help keep natural ecosystems intact, reducing tax payer funded clean-ups and potentially devastating oil spills. But as much as its clean, it may also create some waste product when its being manufactured and disposed.

Where is it?

Germany, China, Italy, Japan, France, Great Britain, Africa, Antarctica, Spain, Australia, Belgium, UK, and the US are the top 10 that currently use it. 0.01% of this energy is being used by the US.

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