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Solar energy is broadly defined as the total energy that the sun radiates through visible light and other unseen electromagnetic waves.
Passive solar heating, also known as passive solar design, takes advantage of a building’s architectural design to store and distribute solar energy in the form of heat.
An organic solar cell uses organic electronic materials to convert sunlight to electricity through the photovoltaic effect.
Perovskite (calcium titanate) cells are a particularly promising new solar technology.
Quantum dots are tiny crystals of semiconductor material, roughly 2-10 nanometers, containing only hundreds to thousands of atoms.
Concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies convert sunlight to heat energy. Much like conventional power plants, CSP technologies then use heat energy to generate electricity.
Photovoltaic (PV) systems directly convert sunlight into electricity. The PV effect is the process from which light (photons) is converted into electric current.
Both solar air and solar water heaters convert sunlight to heat, and both can be divided into active systems, which operate with the help of pumps or fans, or passive systems, which do not.
As with any energy conversion process, there is a physical limit for the photovoltaic conversion process.
There are many different technologies to generate electricity from solar energy.
Today, solar energy provides less than one percent of the world's energy, but that share could grow considerably with the right public policies and continued price reductions.