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what is solar energy

What is solar energy?

Solar energy is energy from the sun, and it’s the most abundant energy resource on Earth. It can be converted from radiant energy from the sun to electrical or thermal energy in order to be used for various purposes including powering homes, vehicles and other devices.Solar power can be captured and used in several ways, primarily to generate electrical or thermal energy for homes, businesses, utilities, and more. Solar power is a renewable resource, and as such, is a critical part of our clean energy future.

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solar pool heater

Guide to solar pool heaters: what you need to know

Pool owners are fortunate to have a place to cool down during hot, sticky weather, but owning a pool is not without its pain points. In an effort to keep pools open for as long as possible, pool owners may spend a good amount of money on heating the water to comfortable swimming temperatures. If you have a pool and are finding yourself paying a lot to keep it warm, you should definitely consider renewable energy options for heating. While relying on warm weather to passively heat your pool is a good solution during the height of the summer, solar pool heaters are a great option to consider if you want to save money while extending pool season earlier into the spring and later into the fall.

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Thermodynamic Solar Panels

Thermodynamic solar panels: what are they and how do they work?

Typically, when you think about solar panels, you picture solar photovoltaics (PV): panels that are installed atop your roof or in an open space and convert sunlight into electricity. However, solar panels can also be thermal, meaning that they convert sunlight into heat as opposed to electricity. Thermodynamic solar panels are one type of thermal solar panel–also called a collector–that differ dramatically from traditional thermal panels; instead of requiring direct sunlight, thermodynamic solar panels can also generate power from heat in the air.

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solar thermal energy

Solar thermal energy: what you need to know

There are two key methods for harnessing the power of the sun: either by generating electricity directly using solar photovoltaic (PV) panels or generating heat through solar thermal technologies. While the two types of solar energy are similar, they differ in their costs, benefits, and applications.

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