Solar energy is Light (radiant) energy being produced by the Sun.
At the core of the sun, gravity pulls all of the mass of the sun inward and creates pressure that is high enough to force the fusion of atomic masses.
It is during this nuclear fusion process that some of the matter gets converted into solar energy and is then radiated into space as electromagnetic radiation.
Why Solar Energy?
Solar Energy is Abundant; the sun will be around far longer than oil, coal, or gas.
You can save money; if you use the electricity yourself rather than buying it from the grid you will save money.
Sunshine is free; solar energy is free even though there’s an initial cost to install a solar energy system.
Solar energy is cost effective; as coal, gas, oil, and nuclear energy fuel prices continue to rise, solar energy will become more cost effective.
Even with an expensive initial setup cost, once you break even everything after that is considered to be profit.
The largest solar power plant in the world is located in the Mojave Desert.
Both Space Crafts and Space Stations like the International Space Station (ISS) often use solar panels to generate power.
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Learn about the 10 biggest solar farms in the world.
Sambhar Lake, India is home to worlds largest solar farm. It is a work in progress, but will have the capacity to produce eight times the power of the largest solar farms currently operating in the United States.
4 of the largest solar farms are in the United States. They are located in California and Arizona.
Mainly video based website but has a lot of good information. Definitely a website kids should visit to learn more about this topic.
Good solar energy lesson plans for ages 8-18.
Includes worksheets for the students
Great website with solar powered toys and kits.
More than 10,000 homes in the United States are powered entirely by solar energy.
Enough sunlight falls on the Earth’s surface every hour to meet world energy demand for a whole year.
Silicon from one ton of sand, used in photovoltaic cells, could produce just as much electricity as 500,000 tons of coal being burned.
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“From an environmental perspective, solar power is the best thing going. A 1.5 kilowatt PV system will keep more than 110,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, out of the atmosphere over the next 25 years. The same solar system will also prevent the need to burn 60,000 pounds of coal. With solar, there's no acid rain, no urban smog, no pollution of any kind.”
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Energy can be defined as the ability to do work.
Energy comes from all sorts of different forms such as Heat (thermal), Light (radiant), Motion (kinetic), Electrical, Chemical, Nuclear energy, and Gravitational.
There are also two different types of energy: Stored (potential) energy, and Working (kinetic) energy.
Energy sources can also be categorized into two sections, Renewable and Nonrenewable
There are five main Renewable energy sources: