In 1887 Heinrich Rudolf Hertz discovered what became commonly known as the photoelectric effect; in 1901 Nikola Tesla described it further. It was not until 1905 that Albert Einstein published a Nobel Prize-winning scientific paper which explained the photoelectric effect in detail. The photoelectric effect is the basis of photovoltaic solar power: photoelectrons are emitted from matter after the absorption of energy from visible light.
Today companies such as Wayne's Solar provide solar electric systems for the home using technology developed from what was once a barely understood phenomenon. There are an abundance of energy-saving products on the market that incorporate the photoelectric effect of photovoltaics, the most popular being solar pool heating systems. One tends to wonder if Hertz, Tesla, or Einstein had any idea that someday consumers would be using the power of the sun for solar hot water heaters?
Although the future has yet to be written, already science is working on a way to utilize solar power from satellites in space where the sun never stops shining. Massive amounts of solar energy could be harnessed with solar panels in orbit and then transported to locations on earth using safe, low-powered microwaves. The technology is there, it is simply a matter of figuring out a cost-effective way to get these satellites into space!
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