- SOLAR ENERGY POTENTIAL
The sun has a huge potential for creating energy, way more then we use today.
The total solar energy absorbed by Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and land masses is approximately 3,850,000 exajoules (EJ) per year.In 2002, this was more energy in one hour than the world used in one year. Photosynthesis captures approximately 3,000 EJ per year in biomass. The technical potential available from biomass is from 100–300 EJ/year. The amount of solar energy reaching the surface of the planet is so vast that in one year it is about twice as much as will ever be obtained from all of the Earth’s non-renewable resources of coal, oil, natural gas, and mined uranium combined, Solar energy can be harnessed at different levels around the world, mostly depending on distance from the equator.
|Biomass potential||100–300 EJ
|Primary energy use (2010)||539 EJ
|Electricity (2010)||66.5 EJ
TYPES OF SOLAR ENERGY