Solar Cars and Boats

Solar Cars Meet Stella, a solar car for today...   It's believed to be the first solar car that can comfortably transport four people.   "The first solar car invented was a tiny 15-inch vehicle created by William G. Cobb of General Motors. Called the Sunmobile, Cobb showcased the first solar car at the Chicago [...]

By | 2017-02-10T22:22:02+00:00 February 22nd, 2013|Solar Energy Notes and Links|

Solar Optics

Solar Energy Safety Messages You would not ordinarily look directly at the Sun, because it can blind you. Similarly, use caution when concentrating light energy. WHEN EXPERIMENTING WITH SOLAR ENERGY WEAR UV PROTECTIVE SUNGLASSES!! These are not enough protection to ever look directly at the Sun, but they provide some protection in concentrated sunlight. Remember, [...]

By | 2017-02-10T21:33:56+00:00 January 30th, 2013|Solar Energy Notes and Links|

Solar Mechanics

Earth spins as it orbits its energy source. Because of the tilt of the daily spinning Earth, and its elliptical orbit as it spirals yearly around the Sun (following the Sun through Space, around the Galaxy), each place on the planet's spherical surface receives differing amounts of energy throughout the day, and throughout the year. [...]

By | 2016-11-22T17:39:00+00:00 January 23rd, 2013|Solar Energy Notes and Links|

Climate Change

Concerns about Climate Change (a.k.a. Global Heating) arose because pollution from our combustion activities is changing the composition of the gases in our atmosphere. Some of these new and/or increased gases absorb the out-going infra-red radiation at night-side, keeping that energy in our atmosphere, from where some of it can re-emit to Earth, rather than [...]

By | 2017-02-10T22:14:43+00:00 January 23rd, 2013|Solar Energy Notes and Links|

Solar Heat

SOLAR CONSTANT The energy density of solar radiation at Earth's distance from the Sun (150,000,000 kilometers) averages 1361 joules per second per square meter. This is the value of what we call the "solar constant", although though there is some variation due to Earth's elliptical orbit. Consider that the Sun is radiating out energy in [...]

By | 2017-02-10T21:33:56+00:00 January 23rd, 2013|Solar Energy Notes and Links|

Solar Electricity

Solar Cell Types There are several types of solar cells being developed...a good description is at Understand Solar, a site dedicated to educating the homeowner about solar electricity, here:  Comparing Solar Panels, and the Future of Solar Research. Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells - How They Work Most solar cells are made of silicon, one of [...]

By | 2017-05-15T05:42:43+00:00 January 23rd, 2013|Solar Energy Notes and Links|

Solar Storage

Solar Power Distribution and Electrical Storage Photovoltaic panels are relatively portable, and the number of them can be matched to the site requirements. It is not necessary to build a huge coal-burning or nuclear-powered plant and then link everything for hundreds of miles around with phenomenal amounts of wire just to get the benefits of [...]

By | 2017-02-10T22:03:57+00:00 January 23rd, 2013|Solar Energy Notes and Links|

Off-Site Educational Links

How the World Works "Looking at it as the spaceship that it is, there’s just one spaceship here. It’s the only one we’re going to get. What are the total known resources, and what is the total knowledge, and how do we use those total resources and knowledge for everybody on board this ship? Absolutely [...]

By | 2017-02-10T21:39:18+00:00 January 21st, 2013|Solar Energy Notes and Links|
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