Radiations that are produced as a result of reactions of nuclear functions in the core of the sun is named as solar energy. It is the sun that keeps every creature alive by providing us with all the needed light and heat. This solar energy runs through space with the help of photons that are known as discrete packets of energy.
Process of collecting solar energy indirectly
This solar energy reach to earth can be collected naturally in many ways. For example nature collects solar energy in its atmosphere plants and even in oceans which people extract and use as power. This energy of sun which act on the earth’s atmosphere and oceans provide energy in the form of wind which has helped in sailing ships and for turning windmills.
And it is earth’s water which consumes nearly 30% of solar power reaching earth. And through the process of water cycle the energy of the sun is transformed in to potential energy. People have ways of collecting this potential energy by sending this flowing water through modern turbines. As commonly known, this is the power we refer as hydroelectric power.
Oceans can collect this solar energy as well. Apart from the reflecting radiations of the sun on the surface on the ocean water, the rest of the radiation enter the water and at the depth of these water energy is bee absorbed and is converted in to chemical energy and also to heat. Through this absorption, it creates temperature gradients due to the temperature differences created between the water layers in the ocean. These huge water puddles in different temperatures of heat have a great potential in generating power. The energy run in a path of low- temperature to high temperature of water and this also could be used in turning turbines or so.
Process of collecting solar energy directly
People collect solar energy directly on different ways. In modern times we have solar power mackay, battery storage solar systems and redback inverter that helps to store solar power and this is very popular all over the world. Also we can find many types of artificial solar power collecting items which has the ability of collecting and utilizing solar energy. We can identify two main types in these kinds of devices and both needs a surface area which is large so large amount of sun rays could be stored. There are collectors called ‘flat plate’ which is flat in shape and it is commonly kept in roof tops. The other type is called concentrating collectors and used for fulfill heat requirements in industries.