Some Interesting Facts You Ought to Know About Solar Energy
Almost every civilization throughout the history of mankind has worshipped the Sun. And, why wouldn’t have they? The Sun provided them heat and warmth. And to our modern generation, it is also providing energy, in addition. There is a lot going on in the solar sphere—Invention, innovation, and development. Everyone knows something or the other about, this one of the best renewable source of energy. We bring to you some more interesting facts, that chances are, you might not have been knowing. And if you already knew about some or all of them, Voila!
1. According to the International Energy Agency, by the year 2060, one-third of the world’s energy needs will be served by solar energy.
2. Everyone knows that solar energy is the most abundant energy resource on earth. But let’s quantify it—1,73,000 terawatts of solar power strike the earth continuously. The enormity of this amount can be perceived by the fact that 1 terawatt is equal to 1,000,000,000,000 watts.
3. All we do is babble about solar power energy ignoring thermal energy storage, which is the crucial part of any solar system. Thermal energy storage plays a vital role since the sun doesn’t shine at night and lesser amount of solar energy is collected on cloudy/rainy days.
4. An early adopter of the solar technology was the space industry. Vanguard 1, the first satellite to utilize solar energy powered by solar cells, is the oldest manmade satellite in the orbit.
5. There are mainly two ways of capturing solar energy: Solar Photovoltaic (PV) cells and concentrated solar power (CSP). While PV captures the Sun’s rays to convert solar energy directly into electricity, CSP transfers the energy to a receiver and then with the help of mechanical energy produces electricity.
These were a few of the interesting facts about solar energy. The list might have continued on and on… But our aim was to kindle your awareness about solar energy and its potential. We hope our endeavors along with multitudes of other’s, would reap success and make the solar dream come true.