Your car is already powered by solar energy

Energy from the Sun is transformed into electrical energy in photovoltaic cells.
Photosynthesis allows plants to store in chemical bonds the energy they receive from the Sun.
When wood is burnt, the energy that had been stored in plants by photosynthesis is once again transformed into radiant energy.
Herbivores ingest solar energy that plants stored by photosynthesis. Carnivores, in turn, feed on energy that herbivores stored in their tissues.
The energy in oil, from which we get gasoline, comes from the decomposition of living creatures millions of years ago.
A hydroelectric power plant uses the movement of rainwater as it flows in rivers torwards the sea; the rain itself is produced by the heat of the Sun.
Nuclear power plants generate electricity from energy that has been stored in the nuclei of atoms over billions of years. This energy does not come from the Sun.
  • When you generate electrical energy with a photovoltaic cell, you are using solar energy that is reaching our planet at that very moment.
  • When you eat food of plant origin, you are using solar energy that reached our planet a few weeks or months ago and was converted by photosynthesis and stored in the plants’ tissues.
  • When you eat beef, you are using solar energy that reached our planet a few years ago, was converted by photosynthesis and stored in blades of grass, leaves of alfalfa or other fodder, being then accumulated in the tissues of the cow that ate the fodder.
  • When you burn gasoline in your car, you are using solar energy that reached our planet hundreds of millions of years ago, was converted by photosynthesis, was stored in the tissues of plants and animals and ended up producing chemical bonds in the hydrocarbons that form the oil. A fraction of these hydrocarbons was distilled, transformed into gasoline and put in the tank of your automobile.
  • When you spend energy from a hydroelectric power plant, you are using solar energy that reached the Earth some time ago and produced rain, which formed rivers, whose water powered the turbines in a power plant.

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