Running Head: SOLAR ENERGY 1 Solar energy Name: Institutional Affiliation: Date:
SOLAR ENERGY 2 Solar energy Introduction Solar energy is the most common ancient type of energy that is found on the earth because it is as old as the sun. Solar energy means from sunlight. Solar energy is natural energy. It is one of the essential suitable energy forms that the humans can use for different uses such as cooking foods, generating electricity and also warming water in vast reservoirs as it saves on resources and electricity. It is simple to construct; one only requires solar panels which are placed on the rooftops to absorb the energy from the sun. Unlike the energy from natural gases and fossils, the energy from the sun is sustainable and clean and is renewable hence it is cost effective after one installs the transparent photovoltaic glass and the solar panels. The paper will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of the solar energy. It will also examine some of the examples of solar energy usage in UAE. Then again it will discuss the Solar transportation channels and explore the relationship between Solar energy, space and farming and also the uses of the energy from the sun (Hamdan, Fardoun, Noura, & Hejase, 2014). Advantages of solar energy Among the benefits of the solar energy, is that the energy is a renewable and can be reused. The energy can be harnessed anywhere in the world and is available anytime. Unlike some other energy sources one can’t run out solar energy, it accessible as long as the sun is there which according to the scientists will be available for at least five billion years (Panwar, Kaushik & Kothari, 2011). The energy from the sun also reduces the electricity expenses. How much one saves for the electricity bill will depend on the size of the solar panels and heat usage. Solar energy not only saves the electricity bill but also generates more electricity than one use and the surplus is
SOLAR ENERGY 3 exported back to the solar system grid enabling one to save more energy (Panwar, Kaushik & Kothari, 2011). Also, the solar energy can be used for different purposes. One can generate heat (solar thermal) or electricity (photovoltaics). The solar energy can be used to generate power in rural areas where electricity is inaccessible; it helps to distill water in these areas. The energy can also be integrated into building materials (Panwar, Kaushik & Kothari, 2011). Also, the solar energy systems don’t have need of a lot of maintenance; one only need to clean them because there are no moving parts hence there is no wear and tear. The only parts that need to be changed at a 5-10 years’ interval are the inverter since it is always working to convert the energy from the sun into electricity. Lastly, the technology is the solar energy industry is developing. Innovations in nanotechnology and quantum physics are increasing the effectiveness of the solar panels hence an excellent electrical input (Panwar, Kaushik & Kothari, 2011).
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