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solar energy

energy derived from the sun in the form of solar radiation.
Also called solar. Unabridged
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  • But this was only a small fraction of the solar energy arriving at the big mirror.

    Where I Wasn't Going Walt Richmond
  • Under the action of solar energy these envelopes are in constant motion.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • Molecular forces determine the form which the solar energy will assume.

  • Someday scientists will discover how man can live directly on solar energy.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • The plant is the producer of food and accumulator of solar energy or force.

British Dictionary definitions for solar energy

solar energy

energy obtained from solar power
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solar energy in Science
solar energy  
  1. The radiant energy emitted by the Sun.

  2. Energy derived from the Sun's radiation. Passive solar energy can be exploited through architectural design, as by positioning windows to allow sunlight to enter and help heat a space. Active solar energy involves the conversion of sunlight to electrical energy, especially in solar (photovoltaic) cells. See also solar cell.

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solar energy in Culture

solar energy definition

The energy the Earth receives from the sun, primarily as visible light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation. (See renewable resource.)

Note: The term solar energy often refers to processes that use this energy to generate heat or electricity for human use. (See solar cells.)
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