solar energy


noun

energy derived from the sun in the form of solar radiation.
Also called solar.
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Examples from the Web for solar energy

  • The talk turned to heat-transfer mechanisms in the earth, and from there to the whole problem of solar-energy input and outflow.

    The Flaming Mountain|Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for solar energy

solar energy


noun

energy obtained from solar power
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Science definitions for solar energy

solar energy


The radiant energy emitted by the Sun.
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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Culture definitions for solar energy

solar energy


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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