17 Jul The Power of the Sun
When many people think of the sun they think of the large orange ball in the sky that makes the planet hot when it rises and cool when it sets. Although true, this is a very limited view. With heat comes energy, and humans rely on immense amounts of energy every day. When I think of the sun I think of a supersized power plant that is begging to be tapped for energy. Every hour, the sun delivers enough energy to earth to power the world’s population for an entire year. Furthermore, the sun provides more energy in a day and a half than the total amount of recoverable energy from oil reserves across the entire planet.
The question: Why has mankind neglected to take advantage of the energy source that not only graces the planet every day, but whose duration of remaining existence will at least match and potentially exceed that of the earth?
The answer: There are multiple factors that contribute to the lack of solar energy harvest. Below I will detail several, although this list is by no means exhaustive.
Crabtree, G. W., & Lewis, N. S. (2007). Solar energy conversion. Physics today, 60(3), 37-42.