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solar energy

noun
1.
energy derived from the sun in the form of solar radiation.
Also called solar.
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  • The house is powered in part through solar energy, and it has a composting toilet.
  • It will use solar energy and generate zero wastewater.
  • solar energy is touted by some as the solution to the world's energy woes.
  • Supplies of wind and solar energy on accessible land dwarf the energy consumed by people around the globe.
  • What type of solar energy capture system you put on your home depends on your needs.
  • Better yet, use sunlight to crack water into hydrogen and oxygen, making a fuel that stores solar energy for later use.
  • Additional problems with solar energy, even on a small scale, have been the low efficiency and high costs.
  • Of late there has been much talk about moving towards a solar energy future.
  • In other words, inputs of solar energy can compensate the otherwise inevitable entropy increases of our energy exchanges.
  • We should be investigating how relatively direct solar energy could provide ecological replacement of fossil fuels.
British Dictionary definitions for solar energy

solar energy

noun
1.
energy obtained from solar power
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solar energy in Science
solar energy  
  1. The radiant energy emitted by the Sun.

  2. Energy derived from the Sun's radiation. Passive solar energy can be exploited through architectural design, as by positioning windows to allow sunlight to enter and help heat a space. Active solar energy involves the conversion of sunlight to electrical energy, especially in solar (photovoltaic) cells. See also solar cell.


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solar energy in Culture

solar energy definition


The energy the Earth receives from the sun, primarily as visible light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation. (See renewable resource.)

Note: The term solar energy often refers to processes that use this energy to generate heat or electricity for human use. (See solar cells.)
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