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The sun is the source of all energy on earth; although some places are sunnier than others, solar radiation is abundant and ubiquitous, so its potential should always be taken into account. The sun can be reaped everywhere, but its precise yield is strongly dependent on the latitude, season and local obstructions such as building, green and pollution in the air. Figure 6.10 gives the solar intensity for the Netherlands, expressed by Joules per cm2.

Joule/cm2 can be converted to kW/ha, determining the energy potential of entire pieces of land. In summer this country receives the most solar energy and longest solar hours; in winter the percentage of total possible solar radiation is smallest.

Solar Panel Basics

Solar Panel Basics

Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.

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