The Energy Power Of Natural Resources Essay

1372 WordsMay 15, 20166 Pages
Most of the energy to power our homes comes from fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Due to environmental concerns there has been a considerable drive to move away from these finite resources to renewable forms of energy. Harnessing the power of natural resources has seen significant developments over the past three decades. The use of solar energy to power our homes has, arguably, seen the most advancement. The sun is made up of helium and hydrogen atoms and emits radiant energy. Nuclear fusion is the process by which these elements are transformed. Nuclear fusion is, “the combination of two small atomic nuclei to produce one larger nucleus” (Hill, McCreary pg. 334). In the sun’s core four hydrogen atoms combine to form one helium atom through nuclear fusion. However, the new helium atom has less mass than the beginning hydrogen atoms. The left over matter is not lost but transformed into radiant energy. The law of conservation of energy states, “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed” (Hill, McCreary pg. 444). The by-product of this transformation of atoms is the left over radiant energy becomes solar energy here on Earth. So how do we channel the sun’s radiant power into useable solar energy? With the use of photovoltaic (PV) cells. PV cells are used to collect sunlight and convert it into electricity. According to Kathie Zipp with Solar Power World, “A solar panel, or module, is a series of interconnected silicon cells
Open Document