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Articles by Clean Energy Ideas

The Clean Energy Ideas website was launched in early 2007. Its aim is to provide educational information on solar, wind, geothermal, and many other renewable energy sources.

Since the launch of Clean Energy Ideas, its creator (James Bratley) has been busy expanding the site by writing content on new topics. This includes everything from recycling through to global warming.

Articles

How Solar Panels Work

Find out how solar panels work to convert sunlight into electricity with the help of the photovoltaic (solar PV) process.

Somebody installing a solar panel.

How Solar Panels Are Made

Ever wondered how solar panels are made? This article takes a look at the entire process from manufacturing the components to the assembly of the panel.

A factory line where solar panels are made.

What Are Solar Panels Used For?

Solar panels allow us to generate electricity which we can then use in a variety of ways. This article helps to explain the different ways in which we can make use of solar panels.

A solar panel being used to provide power in a garden.

Solar Panel Diagram

If you’ve ever wondered how a solar panel works, why not take a look at our solar panel diagram. The diagram shows the process of converting solar energy to electricity.

A diagram of a solar panel.

Solar Energy In India

Find out how India is embracing the use of solar energy in order to become a world leader in renewable energy consumption.

A photo showing a solar panel in India's Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, Rajasthan.

Environmental Impacts of Solar Energy

This article takes a look at the different environmental impacts of solar energy. Learn about the negative and positive impacts that solar power can have, at both a local and global scale.

The different environmental impacts of solar energy.

15 Benefits of Solar Energy

Here we take a look at the top 15 benefits of solar energy. You will find out what makes this renewable energy source the global choice for clean energy production.

The benefits of solar energy.

What Is Hydropower?

Hydropower (or hydroelectric power) is a term used to refer to electricity that is produced by harnessing the kinetic energy of flowing water. Learn more about this process with the help of this article.

The Glen Canyon Dam producing hydropower on the Colorado River.

Geothermal Power Station Diagram

Ever wondered how a geothermal power station converts geothermal energy into electricity? This article provides details of this process including a diagram of a geothermal power station.

A geothermal power station.

The Impacts of Wind Turbines

Discover the many different impacts a wind turbine can have on the surrounding environment including the impacts on local residents and wildlife.

A collection of wind turbines making an impact on the environment.

Geothermal Heating Pros & Cons

Read about the pros and cons of geothermal heating systems, focusing on the use of ground source heat pumps. Are these systems able to perform as we think?

A geothermal heating system been installed.

Hydroelectric Power Pros & Cons

This article looks at different hydroelectric power pros and cons. Discover the advantages of using the world’s most popular renewable energy source. Understand the disadvantages that can also be associated with it.

A dam producing clean and affordable hydroelectric power.

Uses of Solar Energy

This article takes a look at some of the different uses of solar energy. You’ll discover some unique ways that people using this renewable energy source right around the globe.

An image depicting the use of solar energy.

Biomass Definition

Biomass is new to many people. Why not take a look at the definition of Biomass which includes additional information on what Biomass actually is.

A field of corn depicting what biomass is.

Biofuel Definition

Find out how the definition of biofuel differs from the definition of biomass. You’ll also find some additional information on biofuel.

A crop of corn that could be used for making biofuel.

Photovoltaics Definition

You may not have heard the term photovoltaics before. If not, this article could be of use as it provides a definition and explanation of photovoltaics.

Buildings with photovoltaic panels installed.