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The Future of Solar Energy

Jun 29, 2017 | 25 comments

Solar energy is becoming an increasingly important form of energy for mankind. Its massive accessibility makes it an exceptional wellspring of power. Utilizing the heat and light emitted by the sun, this power is harness by different kinds of technology, such as man-made photosynthesis, solar heating, solar architecture, molten salt power plants, and photovoltaics.

The said techniques are further divided into two categories. The divisions are the active and passive solar technologies.

Passive solar innovations include the selection of matter that has adequate light dispersing properties, setting up areas that authentically circulate air, and conforming a structure to the sun. Active solar techniques comprise the so-called solar power heating, concentrated solar energy, and photovoltaic systems.

The availability of solar energy

These various technologies are possible because of the abundance of solar energy that the Earth receives. Our planet acquires approximately one hundred seventy petawatts (quadrillion watts) of solar energy coming from the sun. Solar energy emitted by the sun is absorbed by the Earth’s lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere.

The Warm air containing water vapor from bodies of water rises, causing climatic dissemination or convection. At that point, when the air achieves a high elevation, the temperature will decrease changing water vapor into mists; the moisture will eventually rain onto the Earth’s surface, finishing the water cycle.

The inert warmth of water buildup opens up convection, creating environmental wonders such as twisters and the Cyclones. Sunlight consumed by the seas and land masses keeps the surface at a normal temperature of fourteen-degrees centigrade.

However, topography influences the distribution of solar radiation. The potential solar power that could be utilized by humans contrasts with the measure of solar energy available close to the surface of the planet, because of variables like, time range, geography, and cloud cover. These factors affect the amount of solar power that an area can acquire.

The technologies used in solar energy production

There are three essential advances by which sun oriented energy is typically tackled. Number one on the list is photovoltaics, or PV. It straightforwardly converts light energy into electrical energy.

Second is Concentrating Sun Based Power, or CSP. It utilizes warmth from the sun to drive utility-scale, electric turbines, warming and cooling frameworks, which gather solar power to produce air conditioning and heated water.

The third is the Distributed Generation or DG. It generates power on-site. The gears used are situated on housetops or ground-mounted, where the solar energy is utilized.

The recent developments in solar technology

Analysts have yearned for approaches to enhance the productivity and cost efficiency of the solar cell, because it’s the life of photovoltaic (PV) systems. The solar cells are used in solar photovoltaic clusters involving hundreds of solar cells. These independently transform brilliant daylight into electrical streams.

A normal solar cell is only fifteen percent active, implying an eighty-five percent loss of efficiency. This is the main reason why researchers have always been exploring different avenues for innovations to bolster the current processes for light conversion and absorption.

As of late, a group of researchers at the Toronto University revealed another kind of light-sensitive nanoparticle called colloidal quantum dabs. This nanoparticle, that had been accepted by many, will offer a more affordable and more adaptable material for solar cells.

In particular, the new materials utilize “p” and “n” type semiconductors, that can survive in the outside environment. This is a special disclosure since past application were not useful for the solar market.

Scientists at the College of Toronto found that the n-sort materials tie to the new colloidal quantum dots. These quantum dots do not bond to the O2, supplementing a more brilliant light retention. Boards utilizing this innovation were observed to be eight percent more effective at transforming light energy into electrical energy.

Prospect of solar energy partially replacing fossil fuels in modern day life

The increase in the total energy consumed by the world population is due to two main factors: an increase in the number of developing countries, and the inflation of the global population. More individuals ensure a decrease in the fossil fuels left to be consumed, accelerating the imminent deadline for use of this energy source.

Another contributor is the second and third world countries, because of their steady growth and industrialization that lacks an adequate mastery of energy preservation, resulting in inappropriate energy losses and chemical waste.

Studies concluded that the total world energy consumption and total carbon dioxide will double in the next twenty years. While costs of normal assets are to remain low throughout the following couple of years, if we continue the pattern of expanding worldwide utilization, fossil fuels will undoubtedly run out. The measure of time until this happens, depends upon the endeavors of nations of the world to take advantage of solar power.

Another fundamental reason that countries should change from fossil fuels to solar renewable energy is due to the fact that the discharges of carbon dioxide emission from non-renewable energy sources was 6.2 billion tons during the past couple of years, expanding fourfold compared to the amount emitted during the half of the 18th century. The expanding pattern of CO2 in the air overpowers the regular cycling of carbon by timberlands and seas, and has permitted the growth of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. This increase in carbon emissions will result in an increase in worldwide temperatures by around one to three degrees Celsius, causing severe climate change and massive devastation to the environment.In 2011, the International Energy Agency (IEA) stated that new technologies brought by solar energy should imbue a more prosperous future for the seven billion people on earth and its other inhabitants. The advancement of moderate, endless and clean solar energy innovations will have tremendous longer-term benefits. The energy security of nations through dependence on an indigenous, continuous and autonomous asset, that keeps a lower petroleum cost, brings down the expenses of relieving a worldwide temperature alteration, decreases contamination, and upgrades manageability. These points of interest are worldwide. There is presently no question that solar energy will, in the long run, become critical, if not the prevailing source of energy both on an individual, and on an institutional scale. One can dare to dream that the resulting lessening in the need to consume non-renewable energy sources is imminent, and the future of a clean and steady environment is dependent on the utilization of solar energy.

25 Comments

  1. Tucker

    I know, Solar Energy is FAR from replacing fossil fuels today. But slowly, we’re getting there. I wish more people will fund the development of solar energy.

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  2. Bret

    If you’re really concerned with our environment, you will never think twice before buying a solar panel. It can be beneficial for the environment and at the same time, for your wallet too.

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  3. Patricia

    Solar Energy, in my opinion, is the most promising form of renewable energy today. I mean, there are cars being built to run just with the power of the sun. Solar chargers also, they’re being sold like crazy. It’s just the price. If we have the technology to mass produce them, a lot of people will probably use them.

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  4. Glenn

    Fossil fuels became the in-thing when the industrial revolution came in. That started the advancements that helped us achieve what we are today. But it’s also the main culprit for global warming because of the greenhouse gases that we release to the atmosphere each day. Sounds like we really need to find an alternative.

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  5. Robert

    Soon, there will be more developments that will be used by solar energy. We’ve seen already that there are inventions of vehicles which runs through the power of solar energy and also solar panels which can generate electricity in the households. The future is bright for us. Let’s wait and see.

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  6. Edwin Channel

    Solar and other renewable energy sources have a big potential if funded well. Almost endless power, no carbon and greenhouse gas emissions and best of all it’s cheaper in the long run compared to fossil fuels.

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  7. Charles Rhodes

    If we really want to save our planet, it’s inevitable that we’ll have to shift to solar and other renewable sources of energy. Some people think that Global Warming is a conspiracy. Say that again when we’ve already melted the polar ice caps.

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  8. Alice

    By far, this post is one of the best articles that I’ve found about solar energy. Solar Energy is the future, there’s no doubt about it. Government agencies around the world should take time and think about funding this research even more.

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  9. Adam Hawkins

    We can say that solar energy is the most abundant source aside from water, making it one of the most promising sources of renewable energy. This will be more useful in the long run and this will give us more development and progress that will help us in everyday life in the future. Solar powered planes, cars and houses. We’re slowly getting there.

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  10. Jerry Moffitt

    Solar Energy is one of the most promising sources of renewable energy. It’s easy to install, not unlike wind and tidal power plants. Anyone can have solar panels at their home. Solar phone chargers too. It’s quite marvelous to think that the sun can give us an almost infinite amount of energy.

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  11. Karen J.

    Solar energy can be beneficial to all of us, but due to the fact that not everyone can afford it, not a lot of people are using it. Relying to limited resources like fossil fuels poses a serious threat against our environment. If we continue like this, there will come a time that we will buy clean air just to stay alive.

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  12. Jerome Brooks

    Imagine if the people in the equatorial and arid regions, where the Sun’s strength is at the highest, were all using solar energy to harness its power. That would really help us to combat the effects of global warming. With the rising sea levels and melting polar icecaps, we need to find a solution to this problem before it’s too late.

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  13. Douglas Hayes

    The future is bright (literally and figuratively) for Solar Energy. I personally use a solar phone charger and it helped me cut a small amount of my monthly electricity bill. Just imagine if all of us had the resources to have solar panels installed in our houses. That would be really great for “Mother Nature.”

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  14. Judith Osborn

    Installation of solar panels can be costly, but in my opinion, the overall cost will be justified by the long term savings that you’ll get. Plus, you’re also helping our environment by lessening the consumption of non-renewable energy. We need to transition to these renewable forms of energy before it’s too late for us.

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  15. Jennie Martin

    In the future, when all our non-renewable resources are all used up, there’s no other choice for us but to transition to solar and other renewable energy sources. Yes, it’s possible it will happen. The rate of consumption of petroleum products is just too high for a resource that takes millions of years to replenish.

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  16. Richard Dugan

    We’re slowly getting there. It’s good that solar chargers became a trend, especially with the millenials in these past few years. Sounds pretty miniscule, but if more people use this technology, it will definitely help solar to be a game changer. Hope that they will invent more efficient solar gadgets sooner.

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  17. Elizabeth Williams

    Cars, planes, phone chargers, generators and other devices can be powered by solar energy. It’s really amazing how we came up with these ideas. I know that there are still a lot of things to improve, but slowly, we’re getting there.

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  18. Kevin Bowen

    Solar energy is booming today. I wish that the price of installing solar panels would go down just a little bit, so that more people can afford it. It will be beneficial to all of us, and especially for our environment.

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  19. James Willard

    Anyone can buy a solar phone charger today at an affordable price, and it’s slowly becoming a trend, especially with the millenials. The future for solar energy is limitless. We just need to raise awareness about the advantages of this form of green energy, and how it will help us combat the effects of Global Warming. Hope it becomes cheaper in the future.

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  20. Sylvia

    Solar energy just contributes to about 1% of the overall energy consumed globally, but it’s slowly increasing every year. I hope this trend continues in the future. The government should invest more in these projects, because not only will they benefit the consumers, they will also have a positive impact to our environment.

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  21. Edward

    To some developing nations, building more solar power generators can be beneficial not only to the environment but also to their economy. They will rely less on the importation of oil and other fossil fuels if a massive change happens. Solar cells are becoming more and more powerful each year goes by and I hope this trend continues.

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  22. Larry McNeill

    The only problem that I see that prevents solar energy from dominating the market today is its price and reliability. As we all know, the Sun doesn’t shine brightly all the time, and the cost of installing solar panels is quite expensive. But I’m sure that the use of solar energy will still increase because people are becoming more aware of the climate change that’s happening because of our use of fossil fuels.

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  23. Tyisha Nestor

    Solar energy is ideal for developing nations near the Equator, because of the amount of sunlight they receive. Also, it can help them cut down their monthly electricity bills. If we can find a more reliable handheld or portable solar charging device, I’m pretty sure that it will sell well, especially to the teenage population. Great post, I enjoyed reading this.

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  24. Linda Whitt

    If we find a way to mass produce a reliable way to harness the Sun’s energy at a cheaper price, that will have a huge impact in our daily lives. More and more people will transition to solar energy to power their homes. Economically, it can also be beneficial due to the lower cost of electricity.

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  25. John Eaton

    Solar charging devices are becoming more and more popular today. Maybe it’s because we’re becoming more aware of what’s happening to our planet. Also the price of these devices is becoming more affordable. I really hope this trend continues. If we’re lucky, maybe we can see solar powered cars roaming the streets in a hundred years from now.

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