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Solar panels, c 1975.

Solar panels, c 1975.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


These panels absorb the rays of the sun and act as a source of energy for generating electricity or heating. The solar energy can be converted into heat by heating water flowing through solar panels on the roof of a building. The higher temperatures needed to create steam for electricity generation are posible using mirrors to focus the sun's rays in a solar furnace. Direct conversion of solar radiation into electrical energy is posible using solar cells.

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