Here is a top 10 fun facts about solar power. People have used the sun as a heat source for thousands of years. It is only with the advancements in technology that have taken place in recent years that have enabled us to fully harness this power.
Fact number two about solar power :- The discovery of the photovoltaic effect is credited to the French physicist Alexander-Edmond Becquerel in 1839.
Fact number four about solar power :- Way back in 1955 The American Solar Energy Society held its first meeting in Phoenix and attracted the first Russian scientist to the US following the second World War. There is film footage showing early photovoltaic which was developed for NASA, solar cookers and solar heating panels.
Fact number five about solar power :- The first solar flight took place in 1974 in California by an unmanned plane which was developed by two brothers Roland and Bob Boucher.
Fact number six about solar power :- In 1975 the first solar boat was constructed in England and in 1996 Kenichi Horie from Japan made the first solar powered crossing of the Pacific Ocean in a catamaran.
Fact number seven about solar power :- The first World Solar Challenge took place in 1987. This is a solar-powered car race covering 3021 km through the Australian outback from Darwin to Adelaide.
-Large scale solar projects that are being developed world wide show that sun powered clean energy technology are both achievable and profitable. Solar power plants produce Megawatts (MW) with one MW being sufficient power to supply 1000 homes. One of the largest solar power projects that the world has ever seen is the "Desertec" plan to use the uninhabitable North African desert for a power grid of concentrated thermal power stations which could supply Europe with all of its power needs by the year 2050.
-Solar electricity is a green, renewable energy and does not release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants. A typical home PV system could save around 1200 kg of CO2 per year which is around 30 tonnes over a lifetime.
Fact number ten about solar power :- You can store the electricity that your solar power system generates in batteries for a cloudy day.
-It takes only about 8 minutes for solar energy to travel from the sun to the earth.