The world’s energy crisis is not a problem solvable through a single magic energy technology. It will take the combined power of a variety of technologies to properly provide for humanity’s energy needs, both personal and societal. Technologies that harvest sustainable power from the planet can be combined together for a network of clean energy for the world. A major player in this potential future of interwoven energy technologies is that of solar heat.
The sun is arguably the source of all energy on earth. Plants all over the globe transform the radiant energy into food and shelter. The winds and tides are heavily influenced by the sun. Both of these energy sources are secondary compared to direct harvesting of solar heat. Even fossil fuels are effectively stored solar energy; why dig through the dirt for energy, when the more power is sent down each day from the sun. To heat water with the power of the sun is referred to as solar water technology; water makes an effective heat transfer medium, in addition to being relatively cheap, plentiful and non-toxic. A solar heat system designed to provide hot water from the power of the sun is incredibly useful for a variety of purposes.