How many different things do we use solar power in?

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Question by WeirdKid: How many different things do we use solar power in?
There’s.. solar cars.. solar heating for pools, solar panels… what else?

What do you think? Answer below!

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4 Responses to How many different things do we use solar power in?

  1. solar robots, solar street lights, solar lawnmowers, Solar flash lights, solar radios, anything electronic is probably solar powered already or could be and is not on the market. But ive seen the above.

    Robert G
    May 27, 2014 at 1:10 pm

  2. There is solar cooker, solar water heater, solar panels for street light, even now some countries r using solar panels for their satellites.

    May 27, 2014 at 1:14 pm

  3. In my neighborhood it is common for people to put solar-powered lights along the side-walk up to their front door. The local government has recently started installing solar-powered signs in school zones that tell drivers how fast they are going. There are also many solar-powered emergency phones along the freeway.

    The Alchemyst
    May 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm

  4. Solar thermal energy using glycol to heat water.
    Integrating solar photovoltaic energy into your home or business power.

    Large independent photovoltaic systems.
    photovoltaic cells for producing electricity (very expensive to

    set up but maintenance free)

    solar water heaters very popular in several countries to produce hot water

    solar cookers for cooking food

    in farming to run isolated pumps for irigation,and normal power use of residences of isolated farmers

    solar cells on the street lamposts

    Prototype cars

    houses (CA. has enacted a big solar power push)




    * Small electronic devices like calculators.
    * Many highway signs and other mechanical devices which are left outdoors in sunny areas are now equipped with solar panels–look as you’re driving along a highway.
    * Homes & buildings. Even without solar panels, most buildings use solar energy for some heat. Whenever we open the shades on a cold and sunny day, we are using solar energy to heat the room.
    * Plants. Almost all plant life on earth uses solar power, and thus, almost all life on earth is fueled, indirectly, through solar power.
    * Power generation…both for private homes, commercial bulidings, and actual power plants. There are a few solar power generation plants, although they’re not common. Even some BP gas stations are now equipped with photovoltaic cells on the roof covering the gas pumps!

    e yo
    May 27, 2014 at 2:51 pm

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