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Solar Power Facts : After decades of development and political debate about solar power, the solar industry is increasing rapidly. 

This is largely due to these factors.

  • The decrease in prices, that is Solar Power beating fossil fuels on price without subsidy
  • increases in efficiency
  • and the push for more renewable energy drive this growth. 

Scientific Researches suggest that our future will be completely solar powered because the Non-renewable energy sources are going to end soon.

But there’s still a lot, most people don’t know about solar power .Here are Mind Blowing Solar Power Facts that may surprise you.

But before that you have to understand the meaning of Solar Power and it’s work. 

Solar Power
Solar Power

What is Solar Power and How does it work? 

  • Solar power is the conversion of sun energy into electrical energy, either directly using photovoltaics (PV),or indirectly using concentrated solar power, or a combination. 
  • Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and solar tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam.
  • It has been used for thousands of years in many different ways by people all over the world. The oldest uses of solar power are for heating, cooking, and drying. 
  • Solar Power is the cleanest and most rich renewable energy source available.
  • The U.S. has some of the richest solar resources in the world.

How does a Solar Power System work? 

How does a Solar Power System work?
How does a Solar Power System work?
  • When the sun is shining, solar panels convert sunlight into DC (direct current) electricity. 
  • The solar inverter battery converts this electricity into AC (alternating current) power for use in your home.
  • Your home appliances (fridge, dishwasher, pool pumps etc.) use this power instead of withdrawing power from the electricity grid.
  • Any excess electricity generated by solar panels but not used by appliances is sent back (exported) to the electricity grid or used to charge a solar inverter battery. 
  • Electricity Retailers pay a feed-in tariff for any electricity sent back to the grid.
  • Solar generation, consumption and export is tracked and recorded by a smart meter, providing the data for electricity billing.
  • Solar systems are most productive when they are well positioned north-facing is optimal.
  • But not essential and uncover enough sunlight without obstruction by shade caused from trees, power lines or other structures.

5 Mind Blowing Facts about Solar Power

Solar has Incredible Potential

Solar has Incredible Potential
Solar has Incredible Potential

This means the Earth receives sufficient sunlight in one hour to power the world for one year. 

Approximately 3,850,000 EJ (exajoules or 10^18 joules).

Out of this 70% gets absorbed by clouds, oceans, and land masses, with the remaining 30% reflected into outer space.

To understand you it in more easy ways this  term,the amount of energy is equivalent to:

2.7 million earthquakes of the same size as the Tohoku earthquake in Japan (2011).

40k times the total energy consumption in the United States

8k times the total consumption in the whole world.

About 40% of the energy that is required to heat the entire volume of water we have on Earth by 1°Celsius

Unfortunately, harnessing all this energy is not achievable.

Solar Power is Green?

Solar Power is Green?
Solar Power is Green?

It is certainly greener than conventional ways of harnessing energy sources such as fossil fuels and coal.

On the other hand, there are issues regarding manufacturing of the solar panels, as well as disposal and recycling of byproducts. Where does the solar panel end up when it is no longer usable? (Most solar panels for homes only have a warranty of 25 years).

Emissions of greenhouse gases do take place during the manufacturing. Dangerous climate gases such as nitrogen trifluoride and sulfur hexafluoride are both on the list. These literally have many thousand times the impact on global warming as an equal amount of carbon dioxide would.

Solar Powered Aircrafts!

Solar Powered Aircrafts!
Solar Powered Aircrafts!

Yes,Solar Powered Aircrafts is true. 

NASA has been working since the 1980’s on a series of solar powered unmanned aircraft. 

Pathfinder, Pathfinder Plus and Helios Prototype, is the result of NASA’s efforts to use solar power for long duration high altitude. 

The Helios Prototype (above) reached a record altitude of 96 863 feet in late 2001, which is the highest altitude reached by an aircraft that is not powered by rockets for sustained horizontal flight.

Solar Energy is Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear power is the way to harness energy through nuclear fission and fusion processes. 

Conventional nuclear reactors rely on the fission of uranium atoms to produce heat, which we use to generate electricity.

Nuclear fission processes release high amounts of heat, but are still far from the potential of fusion, the exact same phenomena that powers the Sun (as well as other stars).

Scientists are now working on what can be described as “the holy energy grail of energy”, or how to harness nuclear fusion, and they have been doing so for the last 70 years.

Heavy hydrogen (also known as deuterium) that is extracted from not more than 1L seawater, can with nuclear fusion generate energy equivalent to what we find in 300 L petrol.

The Sun is Renewable 

The Sun is Renewable
The Sun is Renewable

You probably know that solar power is considered a renewable energy source. 

The reason for this is that electromagnetic radiation released from the Sun (also known as sunlight) will be around for us to harness, and will not disappear anytime soon. 

According to astrophysics, the Sun was born about 4.57 billion years ago and has another 6-7 billion years before it becomes a white dwarf (a planetary stage where nuclear fuel in the star is finished).

Conclusion 

These Solar Power facts show the importance of the sun to our planet. That is why there is every need to go solar and tap the energy from the sun.

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