Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Terminology Tuesday: Solar Power vs Solar Energy

Here's a terminology Tuesday that I found interesting. From Renewable Energy Access:
"Solar 'power' usually means converting the sun's rays (photons) to electricity. The solar technologies could be photovoltaics, or the various concentrating thermal technologies: solar troughs, solar dish/engines, and solar power towers.

Solar 'energy' is a more generic term, meaning any technology that converts the sun's energy into a form of energy—so that includes the aforementioned solar power technologies, but also solar thermal for water heating, space heating and cooling, and industrial process heat. Solar energy includes solar daylighting and even passive solar that uses building orientation, design and materials to heat and cool buildings."

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