What other types of energy can solar energy be converted into?

Besides thermal and electrical energy, what can solar energy be converted into? Please post your reference if you have one.

2 thoughts on “What other types of energy can solar energy be converted into?”

  1. Energy is energy. How many steps do you want to take? Let’s say you start by using it to heat water which turns to steam and turns a turibin. Then it powers a battery that moves an electricaly operated arm. The arm then pushes a rock over a cliff. The rock smashes into the water below which creates a wave.

    Point is: energy can be converted to energy. This probably isn’t as specific as you were wanting, but it all depends upon how far you have the means to take it.

  2. Energy from the sun comes in the form of heat and light. Plants convert light into biological energy through photosynthesis.

    Photovoltaic cells and panels convert light to electric current. Heat from the sun can also be converted into mechanical and electrical energy by focusing the heat on a steam generator to run a steam engine or hot air engine.

    Mechanical energy can be further converted into electricity, and electricity can be converted into mechanical or chemical energy.

    You can easily develop your own bibliography on this topic. The internet is slam full of information uses for solar energy.

    Good luck!

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