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Solar energy
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1. Introduction

Sunlight and heat from the sun act on earth as a driver for many chemical, biological, and physical processes, and thus form an essential foundation for life. Until the 20th century, all available forms of energy were derived from solar energy. In a stricter sense, these comprised wind energy and hydraulic energy, but in a broader sense they also included muscle power and energy obtained from renewable fuels and illumin…

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Bleidick, Dietmar, “Solar energy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027616>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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