A Kids-Friendly Explanation Of How Solar Works


solarsystOur solar system is made up of 8 planets (that we know of so far) and the big “all-star”… The Sun! Most people don’t realize how much we depend on the sun! The sun has been producing energy for billions of years. Without the sun, the earth would literally freeze over and plants would not be able to grow or produce oxygen, which means there would be no life! Today, we are going to take a look at how we have learned to harness the sun’s energy and use it to power our everyday lives with solar panels. Are you ready? Let’s get started!

 

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1) What is Solar Energy?

Solar energy is the energy given off by the sun’s rays. Plants use sunlight to produce their own food by a process called photosynthesis. Using the sun’s rays plants transform water and carbon dioxide (what we exhale) into fuel to grow, and breathe out oxygen in the process. Also, humans for centuries have made use of the sun’s energy: for cooking, heating buildings, drying food, heating water, and generating electrical energy. Have you ever stepped into a car that had the windows rolled up and the car was warm? It’s amazing all of the creative ways we’ve found to utilize all that the sun has to offer!
And because the sun doesn’t run out, it is a renewable energy source, and is refilled naturally. Other forms of energy (i.e. oil, natural gas and coal, known as “fossil fuels”) take a long time to form and are not replenished once used (non-renewable).

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