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Harnessing the Power of the Sun

People use the sun and is rays for different applications for eons now. We use it to dry clothes and cook food. But we only used it recently to generate electricity. The earth is millions of kilometers away from the sun. That’s why just the small portion of energy from the sun reaching the earth but it is sufficient to satisfy the global solar power needs for a year.   

In reality, enough power comes to earth every minute to meet the world’s demands for power. It is just a matter of using it properly. Funds are even made available to further assist people to install solar panels.   

How to Get Energy from the Sun  

The use of solar cells is the most common way to transform light directly into electricity. This is also known as the photovoltaic system or the use of photoelectric’ cells. A good example of this is the use of solar cells to make solar calculator work. In an ideal setting, a light bulb can be powered up by solar panels measuring at least one square meter.   

The idea of developing satellite energy is being studied as well. Right now, there are many solar computers running mainly on the sun’s power. As for the rest of the household appliances, photovoltaic panels are installed on rooftops. It may cost thousands of dollars to install, but it will pay off itself. You’ll enjoy lower electricity bills and you can even get extra help from the government.    

Solar-Powered Water Heating Systems 

Solar-powered water heating systems are also popular these days, and glass panels are used to make it happen. Here, the sun heat is collected on the roof, and it can be utilized to heat your interior spaces. That way, you don’t have to use a lot of electricity or gas to warm up your house.   

Water will be pumped into the heated pipes inside. Because the sun will be shining on them, the pipes will have to be painted in black to make them cooler. The water will be pumped from the bottom, which allows hot water to flow from above.   

This supports the central heating systems in homes and it reduces power costs. Nonetheless, to avoid freezing in winter, the water must be drained accordingly. Many manufacturers have automated applications to do this.   

Solar Boilers   

Traditional gas boilers constantly waste energy by refilling stored water at the moment its temperature or volume decreases. It’s also powered by solar power that is provided by the panels installed on the roofs of the house.   

The electricity collected via the solar panels or tiles will heat the water tank to save energy every day. The smaller carbon fired tank is supplied to solar boiler systems as its backup. This system will work in areas that still use fuel to generate heat in homes. 

Solar Furnaces   

A solar furnace uses mirrors to transfer energy from the sun to a small area, creating higher temperatures. In hot countries, solar cookers are used to prepare food. Solar cells supply energy from the earth’s orbiting satellites.  Satellites allow televisions, navigation systems, weather devices, and the internet to function.