The Importance Of Solar Energy

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The sun is a vital part of life on Earth. Plants need sunshine to survive and proceed with photosynthesis, the water cycle is powered by the heat the sun gives off, and walking outside on a sunny day can cause people to feel rejuvenated. In addition, the light that the sun gives off has the potential to become the predominant source of energy for society as it exists today. This is because solar power is a form of energy that can be harnessed in a variety of different ways, has the ability to provide for a diverse range of needs, is becoming more affordable at a rapid rate, and is completely renewable. The sun could play such a large role in the future of humanity that one of the engineering grand challenges is “ make solar energy more affordable.”…show more content…
The methods don’t just involve mammoth solar panels. Many other, more versatile tools are also being developed and implemented such as “ thin film solar, solar thermal, [and] solar heating…” This treasure trove of solar power has the potential to alter the world and a focus on uniform equipment makes sure that solar energy is usable in all environments and that the people that would benefit from the sun’s power the most actually have the opportunity to take advantage of…show more content…
The 2014 article “ Green Revolution,” by Michael Grunwald brings to light the fact that solar energy is not anywhere near perfect. Solar energy is cannot be harnessed twenty-four hours a day, unlike fossil fuels, and ‘ “There’s this faith-based belief that renewables can do it all”’ (Grunwald, 2014, p. 44). It is not hard to imagine a world that runs off of the power of the sun, wind, and water, but cheap fossil fuels and nonrenewable resources will continually throw a wrench in the gears of solar energy’s development. Fossil fuels are too centralized in the modern world to just fade away. Huge advancements in solar energy are necessary for solar energy to truly become affordable and accessible in the everyday lives of people like the engineering grand challenges call
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