One of the benefits of solar power is that our sun produces a huge amount of heat that is spread over the earth’s surface via its sun rays. Man has learned to use this power to his advantage for centuries.
Many times during the summer months, we often think the temperatures could not be hotter? But in actuality, temperatures would be much hotter if they were not dissipated elsewhere outside our atmosphere.
Man has learned that energy from the sun can be hot enough to provide power to machinery. It’s been well over one-hundred years since the discovery that steam from the heat of the sun could power machinery.
Since then, man has learned to utilize the sun’s energy for the production of heat and electricity. And today, we see the sun's energy is in use all around the world doing exactly that.
The sun's energy is being used in a variety of ways such as concentrating its energy for solar water heating systems. Most of us rely on this energy as a way to heat and power our homes, offices and other devices. In the future, our electricity needs may be completely satisfied by the power sent to us by the sun. And for all we know, there will be many more benefits of sunlight to be realized as new technologies are developed.
The only expense of turning the sunlight into energy will be what we have invested in equipment to convert that energy into a usable form.
In converting this energy to a usable from, we need to collect the sunlight and allow it to be concentrated and stored a long periods of time. Today, this is simple to accomplish when we consider our knowledge and existing resources.
When we consider the International Space Station, it uses the sunlight to generate electricity for its energy needs. Each of the photovoltaic panels on this modern day marvel all face toward the sun gathering its rays and converting them in to usable electricity.
The use of these photovoltaic panels simplifies the way electricity is generated and avoids considerably fewer problems than with other methods of generating power.
Here on earth, even when there are days where there are clouds in they sky, snow or rain, these technologies are still able to produce and store enough heat until the sun comes out again.
Finally, we must not only learn about solar photovoltaic energy, but we must also learn to use other alternative forms of energy that are also derived from the earth's sun such as wind, bio fuels, hydro and tidal. Each of these forms of energy will help us maintain sustainable sources of energy and help protect the environment. This is perhaps one the greatest benefits of solar power; saving our environment.