Pathfinder - Solar Energy

Scope Note:

"Energy derived ultimately from the sun. It can be divided into direct and indirect categories. Most energy sources on Earth are forms of indirect solar energy, although we usually don't think of them in that way. Coal, oil and natural gas derive from ancient biological material which took its energy from the sun (via plant photosynthesis) millions of years ago. All the energy in wood and foodstuffs also comes from the sun. Movement of the wind (which causes waves at sea), and the evaporation of water to form rainfall which accumulates in rivers and lakes, are also powered by the sun. Therefore, hydroelectric power and wind and wave power are forms of indirect solar energy. Direct solar energy is what we usually mean when we speak of solar power - it is the use of sunlight for heating or generating electricity." [Quoted from:].

Use For:

  • Solar power

Broader Term:

  • Renewable energy sources
  • Solar radiation

Narrower Term:

  • Photovoltaic power generation
  • Satellite solar power station
  • Solar cells
  • Solar collectors
  • Solar engines
  • Solar saline water conversion plants
  • Solar thermal energy

Related Term:

  • Solar ponds
  • Solar power generation
  • Solar power plants
  • Solar refrigeration
  • Sun


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Science Direct


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EERE: Solar Energy Technologies Program

Provides insights into mechanisims for developing solar energy technologies to "reduce dependence on imported fuels, diversify energy supply, improve the quality of the air we breath and stimulate economy by creating jobs in the manufacturing" sector.

El Paso Solar Energy Association

Contains "practical information on solar energy and energy efficiency."

The Energy Story

Defines the meaning and enumerates the uses of solar energy.

Science Daily

Serves as a resource site for the latest research news about solar and renewable energy.

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Compiled by : Mrs. Yolanda F. Odsinda and Mr. Pablito C. Diez

Date : March 2008