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13 Jan 2015

Solar Energy in Spain Part 1

Spain [西班牙] • 13 JANUARY 2015
During the stop over of our bus tour we discovered the stunning and unique layout of the solar energy plantation. Throughout the the bus ride we have seen a wide range of architecture of the city’s that we pass through. We have no idea where the exact location is however we were very happy to admire the beauty of it.

So now we need to know a little bit about Solar Energy.


Solar energy has been in used by various ancient civilization since the beginning of human civilizations. Some ancient buildings were build based on the availability of solar energy to provide sunlight. However, the person who came up with the idea of using solar power to create electrical energy was Alexandre Edmond Becquerel. This is why the discovery of solar energy, as we know it today, is credited to this French scientist.


His father was a renowned French scientist
He was born on March 24th, 1820 in Pairs, France. He was the son of Antoine César Becquerel, another renowned French scientist. Edmond Becquerel followed the footstep of his father and continued his work and research. His main interests were on electricity, magnetism, optics and solar spectrum. He joined as a professor at the Agronomic Institute in Versailles in 1849. He received the chair of physics at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in 1853.


Alexandre Edmond Becquerel built the world’s first photovoltaic panel at the young age of 19 and that was in the year of 1839.


He invented the phosphoroscope
He had an active interest in the study of light. He researched on phosphorescence, photochemical effects, the electric light and solar radiation. He was the first scientist to research these topics extensively. He invented the phosphoroscope, a device which allowed periods between exposure to a light source and the observation of the resulted affects.


He published two volumes of works
During 1867-1868, he published two volumes of works named “La Lumière, ses causes et ses effets”. He also researched and published papers on various topics on electronics including paramagnetic and diamagnetic properties of substances and Faraday’s law of electrolysis. In 1886, he was officially made a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He died on May 11th, 1891.


No, eventually the Sun will get bigger and hotter as it use up its supply of hydrogen. Eventually, the Sun will collapse under its own weight and in all likelihood destroy Earth and Venus. However, this won’t be happening for another 5 billion years or so, which means that there is no reason why solar energy can’t be used for now. This is especially true since the Sun produces a huge amount of energy, about 400 trillion trillion watts! Every second, the Sun produces the same amount of energy as about a trillion 1 megaton bombs. If we could harnest the energy that the Sun produces in a second, it will be enough to meet our current energy usage for 500,000 years. Clearly, the Sun produces more than enough to meet our energy requirement.


A hot latte

Well solar panels  don't work at night, because there are no sunlight to be power it. At the meantime enjoy the beauty of it with a cup of hot latte. 

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