When it comes to our country’s energy supply, we take it for granted that the sun will provide us with what we need to power our everyday lives. We know the sun is a powerful entity, capable of giving us all the energy we need to drive our cars, heat our homes and cook our food. However, we don’t always appreciate the amount of energy that we actually need from the sun to keep us alive. There are a number of conditions that can cause solar power losses that result in us not being able to generate enough energy to meet our needs, or worse, lead to our actual death.
Poor Sunscreen Use
It’s fairly well-known that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin cancer, which is why sunscreens exist. But did you know that these rays can also cause solar power losses? It’s true. While we are protected from the sun’s visible rays when we wear sunscreen, the UV rays can still get through and cause serious damage to our cells. When this happens, it decreases our body’s ability to generate energy from the sun. This makes it essential that we wear sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy outside or on a cold night, to prevent our bodies from deteriorating due to poor energy intake.
Did you know that the sun’s UV rays can also cause us to become weak and tired? Just like the cells in our bodies that are affected by UV rays, our muscles are also weakened when exposed to the sun’s rays. This results in us having to work harder just to carry out our daily tasks, which in turn, causes further power losses. It’s a vicious cycle that we need to avoid. Instead of being out in the sun, going for walks or playing sports, we need to be protecting ourselves from the sun’s harsh rays by staying indoors or in the shade whenever possible.
Did you know that deforestation is one of the biggest causes of solar power losses? Deforestation results in less shade and more exposure to the sun’s rays, which directly affects our bodies’ ability to generate energy. In fact, it’s been estimated that up to 21% of the world’s energy comes from solar panels installed on non-forested buildings! So not only are we harming the environment by not protecting trees, but we’re also reducing the amount of power that we generate from the sun! It’s a double whammy. So we need to preserve our environment and avoid cutting down trees if we want to keep generating power from the sun.
Did you know that the shape of our buildings affects how much power they generate? It’s actually measured in kilowatts per hour (kW/h). Take the following into consideration:
- The slant and height of the roof – When a roof is at a slant, it allows more sunlight to enter the building and travel to the farthest corners. This results in more energy being generated.
- The height of the wall – The higher the wall, the more light is blocked from travelling to the farthest corners. This causes a decrease in energy generation.
- The orientation of the building – When a building is oriented to the south, it receives more sunlight during the day and stays warmer in the winter. This, in turn, results in more power being generated.
- The presence of trees – Did you know that a lot of power is lost due to deforestation? The more trees there are around, the better. The more foliage, the more branches, the more sun shading. Even if it’s a small tree, it still provides enough shade for us to save a considerable amount of energy.
These are all pretty well-known factors that affect the amount of energy that is generated from the sun. However, it’s still worthwhile to mention that technology has progressed to the point where we can now control this energy even when we’re not aware of how much power we’re losing due to these factors.
Did you know that the amount of energy generated by the sun is dependent on where you are located? It’s true. Due to global positioning systems (GPS) which measure satellite signals to determine a user’s location, scientists can measure the power of the sun at a specific location and determine how much energy is being absorbed and how much is being lost to heat.
In general, the closer you’re located to the equator, the more direct sunlight you’ll receive and the more power you’ll generate. The more you stray away from the equator, the more the rays are obstructed by the atmosphere and the less power you’ll generate.
So instead of generating power based on your roof’s slant and the height of your wall, you could be increasing or decreasing your power output depending on your latitude! Amazing, right? So now you know how important it is to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to install good quality solar panels on your roof. The following blog article will tell you a lot more about how to prevent solar power loss and how to maximize the energy that you generate from the sun.