Solar energy

  • solar energy
  • The energy transmitted from the sun in the form of electromagnetic radiation. The most successful examples of energy extraction from the sun are so far solar cells used in satellites and solar collectors used to heat water.
Abstract from DBPedia
    Solar energy is radiant light and heat from the Sun that is harnessed using a range of ever-evolving technologies such as solar heating, photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, solar architecture, molten salt power plants and artificial photosynthesis. It is an essential source of renewable energy, and its technologies are broadly characterized as either passive solar or depending on how they capture and distribute solar energy or convert it into solar power. Active solar techniques include the use of photovoltaic systems, concentrated solar power, and solar water heating to harness the energy. Passive solar techniques include orienting a building to the Sun, selecting materials with favorable thermal mass or light-dispersing properties, and designing spaces that naturally circulate air. The large magnitude of solar energy available makes it a highly appealing source of electricity. The United Nations Development Programme in its 2000 World Energy Assessment found that the annual potential of solar energy was 1,575–49,837 exajoules (EJ). This is several times larger than the total world energy consumption, which was 559.8 EJ in 2012. In 2011, the International Energy Agency said that "the development of affordable, inexhaustible and clean solar energy technologies will have huge longer-term benefits. It will increase countries' energy security through reliance on an indigenous, inexhaustible, and mostly import-independent resource, enhance sustainability, reduce pollution, lower the costs of mitigating global warming, and keep fossil fuel prices lower than otherwise. These advantages are global. Hence the additional costs of the incentives for early deployment should be considered learning investments; they must be wisely spent and need to be widely shared".

    太陽エネルギー(たいようえねるぎー、英: Solar energy)は、太陽から太陽光として地球に到達するエネルギーを指す。ソーラーエネルギー、ソーラーパワーなどとも呼ばれる。地球上の大気や水の流れや温度に影響し、多くの再生可能エネルギーや生物の生命活動の源となっている。また、古くから照明や暖房、農業などで利用されてきた。 狭義には、太陽光から熱や電力を得るエネルギー源を指し、再生可能エネルギーに分類される。太陽光が当たる場所ならばどこでもエネルギーが得られ、得られるエネルギー当たりの温室効果ガスの排出量が少ない。昔から熱として利用されて来たが、近年は地球温暖化の対策の一環として、熱利用と共に発電用途での利用が増えている。