Why is hydroelectricity called indirect solar energy?

Asked by akankshyasahu | 8th Jan, 2010, 06:12: PM

Expert Answer:

Hi dear,

Most energy sources on Earth are forms of indirect solar energy, although we usually don’t think of them in that way. Coal, oil and natural gas derive from ancient biological material which took its energy from the sun (via plant photosynthesis) millions of years ago. All the energy in wood and foodstuffs also comes from the sun. Movement of the wind (which causes waves at sea), and the evaporation of water to form rainfall which accumulates in rivers and lakes, are also powered by the sun. Therefore, hydroelectric power and wind and wave power are forms of indirect power energy. Direct solar energy is what we usually mean when we speak of solar power – it is the use of sunlight for heating or generating electricity.

Hope this helps.



Answered by  | 8th Jan, 2010, 06:27: PM

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