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Solar Energy

Solar energy is one of the most abundant and under-utilised sources of energy on earth. Throughout history humans have done whatever they could to harness the power, of solar energy but have only ever managed to use a tiny fraction of the vast amount available.

 

The applications for solar energy are extensive. It can be used for heating and cooling when harnessed in combination with architectural principles, it can disinfect drinking water, be used for solar cooking and sometimes even provide the energy for high heat industrial processes.

Solar energy provides most of the available renewable energy on the planet, especially when taking into account wind and wave power, hydroelectricity and biomass These are all considered secondary solar-powered technologies as they all indirectly rely on the energy from the sun. 

Passive or active solar energy?

The way a technology or device captures solar energy is considered to be either passive or active.

 

Passive solar technologies include some of the simplest methods of harnessing solar energy available. For example, if you sit in your car on a summer’s day with no air conditioning or open windows, it doesn’t take long before you feel an uncomfortable build up of heat. These basic principles can be used to build offices and houses that are orientated towards the sun for a natural source of heating and sometimes also lighting, techniques first harnessed by ancient Greek and Chinese cultures.


Materials have also been designed with good thermal mass properties that make maximum use of solar energy. In its simplest form this is something that can absorb solar energy as heat when the temperature is too warm, which immediately helps to cool the surrounding environment, and then later when the temperature drops releases the solar heat energy to warm it up.

Active solar technologies on the other hand are designed to capture solar energy and drive an electrical or heating system, such as solar PV or solar thermal systems. Solar powered pumps and fans are also considered active technologies.

 

Apart from the most obvious uses of solar energy like electricity generation, what else can solar energy be used for?

Solar energy in your home and workplace

Gone are the days when window-filled offices had to use expensive and noisy air conditioning fans in summer or, if none were available, everyone suffered in an airless hot environment. Clever building design can now take into account the orientation to the sun, selective shading, and thermal mass properties of the building materials and then combine them all with knowledge of the local climate and external environment to create pleasant places to live and work. There are now even software packages that combine solar energy powered lighting, ventilation and heating together into an integrated solution for buildings.

But it’s not just buildings that benefit from harnessing solar energy. The streets you walk down may have been specifically designed to help deal with the unpleasant heat effects caused by large amounts of concrete and asphalt. Trees are a number one method of combating the increased absorption of solar energy in streets, and when combined with painting buildings and roads with light colours can reduce the air temperature by 3oC.

 

Solar energy in your garden

The principles of using solar energy in the garden are well known - ripening fruits and vegetables early and extending the growing season have long been practiced by the nation’s army of gardeners using greenhouses and polytunnels, a practice first tested by Roman gardeners to grow year round cucumbers for Emperor Tiberius.


For centuries the principles of thermal mass to heat stone or brick walls have been used in gardens to grow tender fruits and plants against, while agricultural practices like timed planting cycles, tailored row orientation and staggered planting heights have all captured solar energy and put it to good use.

 

Solar energy in your kitchen
For centuries solar energy provide the means for cooking, drying and pasturisation, mainly in the form of solar cookers. The simplest  - a box cooker – is simply an insulated container with a transparent lid which reaches temperatures of up to 150oC. Other solar cookers use either flat reflective panels or geometric panels to focus light onto a container of food, reaching temperatures of up to 315 oC. Some of the most sophisticated systems use tracking technology to follow the angle of the sun throughout the day and can reach a whopping 450-650 oC.


However, there is no special equipment is needed to produce the drying effects need to make our most common food ingredient – salt. Large shallow pools of sea water are left open to the sun’s energy until the waters and leaves behind the solid salt crystals.

Clearly the uses of solar energy are vast, but there is still more to be done to use our most abundant and natural renewable resource to make our lives more comfortable, environmentally-friendly and less dependent on expensive fossil fuels.

 

To find out more about how you could financially benefit from harnessing solar energy to light and heat your home – even if you think you can’t afford to have the work done – call one of our solar energy experts now on 0800 043 ****.