The Importance Of Solar Energy In China

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The universe as we know it only consists of one planet that can sustain life--our Earth. It’s the one planet that humans and animals alike call home, and it can be pretty astounding too. But, as time goes on and technology develops, people begin to take the Earth and its environment for granted. In today’s world especially, the environment suffers at the cost of economic success. In China, the improving, yet short-sighted economy has directly led to the destruction of the environment, but with the help of alternative energy sources, its ecosystem will be able to thrive once again. To start, China’s otherwise volatile economy has remarkably improved in the last thirty-five years. In fact, according to a statistic put out by Marginal Revolution …show more content…
A National Geographic research study explains that the sun releases enough energy to power the entire world… and then some. This means that solar energy has the potential to replace coal as the dominant energy source, given the potential to be. Likewise, solar energy is debatably the cleanest and most abundant source of power. To be used as energy, the sun’s radiant energy has to be harnessed using cells that turn the light into electricity in a process that may be known as “artificial photosynthesis.” Solar power can be collected in three ways. The first of which is the most popular method-- photovoltaic cells. More commonly known as “solar panels,” this method involves the movement of photons, or high-speed particles of light. Photons will excite electrons throughout the atoms of the panel, separating them from their respective atoms and for that reason, generating electricity. The second technique is by means of a u-shaped mirrored trough. Within the trough is a pipe halfway filled with water that will get heated by the thermal energy absorbed by the trough. The water will turn to steam that spins a turbine that powers a generator. The third and final approach is special floors and windows inside a home that will absorb the sun’s energy to heat and power a home. On average, any type of alternative solar energy will cost a one-time fee of 161462.50 yuan (25,000 USD). More often than not, excess solar energy can be sold back to the power grid. The company that makes the product will then profit, reinforcing the economic ideals of the country. Solar power is a growing industry, preeminently in China. In particular, China is the largest photovoltaic producer in 2015 and 2016 at 43 gigawatts installed. The most important aspect, on the other hand, is that sustainable solar energy emits no greenhouse gases

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