Energy It is a capacity that consists in transforming or mobilizing something. Within the context of economics and technology, the term refers to the natural resource that can be used at the industrial level thanks to certain associated factors.
The adjective solar , on the other hand, has several uses. If you take the meaning that comes from the Latin word solāris, this is what is linked to Sun (the luminous star that is closest to the land and that constitutes the center of our planetary system).
The solar energy , therefore, is the one obtained by capturing the hot and the light that issues the Sun . Thanks to its characteristics, solar energy is clean (does not pollute) and renewable (because it uses resources that are not depleted).
It is important to keep in mind that the power of these solar radiations and their use for power generation vary according to the time of day, the conditions of the atmosphere and the geographical location.
The modules that take advantage of the energy of solar radiation are known as solar panels . This concept includes both solar collectors (which capture the energy of the radiation and transform it into thermal energy, generally used to heat water) as to the photovoltaic panels (composed of numerous cells that allow light to be converted into electricity).
In this sense, it is important to highlight the fact that in recent years the use of such devices, to capture the energy of the Sun, has experienced significant growth. The reason? That throughout the world awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability has been made and for this, we are committed to the use of green energy, also called clean or renewable.
Thus, many are already the houses that have implanted plates and similar products with the clear objective of being able to make use of the sun's radiations to illuminate them and to use the devices that need energy to function. In this way, the consumption of electric energy is significantly reduced, which means reducing economic expenses in the same as well as reducing pollution.
In addition to all of the above, we must underline that there are several types of solar energy, including the following two:
Solar thermal energy of low temperature, which is the one that it uses directly to heat water directly and that receives that name because at no time does the water exceed 80 degrees of temperature.
Solar thermal power. From 300 degrees to 800 degrees are the temperatures that can be achieved with the use of this kind of energy that is used in large plants. Basically, they do work with thermal oil so that they can generate the relevant electricity.
Solar energy can be used to drive solar vehicles (with an electric motor that is powered by this type of energy), operate solar ovens (with a scheme similar to the greenhouse effect) or heat environments.