Cribsheet #17: Solar Power

Cribsheet / by Lee Billings /

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Scientific issues and innovations are figuring into everyday conversation more than ever before. Recognizing that we could all use some brushing up, Seed offers its Cribsheet.

17Cribsheet.jpg Map: PW Kållberg et al. (2005) ECMWF Re-analysis, ERA-40 Atlas. © European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast. Chart source: Renewables 2007 Global Status Report, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century. Illustrator: Bryan Christie — www.bryanchristiedesign.com.

SOLAR POWER
The term solar power is used to describe energy gathered from the Sun’s rays and converted into either heat or electricity. This Cribsheet provides an overview of how we harness solar energy, examining the potential benefits and difficulties generally associated with using solar power. In addition, it identifies the scientific advancements necessary before solar power can be widely adopted and maps out where on the globe this adoption will most likely occur.
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Originally published September 18, 2008

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