The sun's heat and light provide an abundant source of energy
that can be harnessed in many ways. A variety of technologies
take advantage of the solar energy, for heat, electricity
and lighting, including:
- active solar heating (uses fans or pumps to move
- passive solar heating (heats buildings with glass
windows and doors without using fans or pumps)
- photovoltaic systems (commonly referred to as PV,
- solar thermal power systems (use solar heat to generate
- solar hot water (uses a variety of solar heating techniques
to heat water)
- solar process heat (uses a variety of solar heating
techniques in industrial processes)
- space heating and cooling
Commercial, industrial and institutional buildings have large
exterior surfaces, which can collect solar energy. Solar energy can meet the
large lighting, and varied heating and cooling needs of these
buildings. Residential homes use smaller solar energy systems.
Buildings using solar heating and daylighting design strategies
can operate more efficiently and create more pleasant environments
for working and living.
Businesses and industry can diversify their energy sources,
improve efficiency, and save money by using solar technologies
- heating and cooling
- industrial processes
- water heating
Homeowners can also use solar technologies for heating and
cooling and water heating.
Utilities and power plants are also taking advantage of the
sun's abundant energy resource and offering the benefits to
their customers. Solar thermal power systems allow power plants
to produce electricity from the sun on a larger scale. With
these systems, utility customers can ultimately take advantage
of solar power without making the investment in personal solar
Solar power technologies, from individual home systems to
large-scale concentrating solar power systems, have the potential
to help meet growing electricity needs and provide diversity
and reliability in electrical supplies.
ASI develops solar thermal systems
We help government, commercial and industrial customers implement solar air heating systems.