Solar Energy

Solar Energy Applications


Solar energy is energy that is harnessed from sunlight and converted into electricity or thermal energy for space and water heating. In the first case, photovoltaic panels or concentrated solar power is used. Photovoltaics convert sunlight directly into electricity, while concentrated solar power involves the use of mirrors or lenses to focus sunlight into a small area. Solar thermal collectors are used to harness solar thermal energy.

Advantages of Solar Energy

Solar energy offers a number of advantages over the conventional sources as well as other alternative types of energy. The main benefits of the use of solar energy to generate electricity or heat water/space include:

Disadvantages of Solar Energy

Solar energy is without a doubt one of the best alternatives to fossil fuels but it has a few drawbacks due to which it largely remains under-exploited. The main disadvantages of solar energy include: