WHAT ARE THE ENERGY END-USES FOR SOLAR?
Once harnessed and converted, there are many uses of solar energy limited only by the technology available.
- Solar Farms
- Remote Locations
- Stand-alone Power
- Power in Space
- Building-Related Needs
- Military Uses
The following is a partial listing of end-uses for solar energy, according to application:
In 2019, the industrial sector accounted for 35% of total U.S. end-use energy consumption and 32% of total U.S. energy consumption.
- Water desalination
- Enhanced oil recovery
- Food processing
- Chemical production
- Mineral processing
- Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs)
- PV electricity for electrolysis in hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)
- PV used in the electrification of rail
- Increased reliability for airport microgrids
- Maritime electrofuels made from PV-based hydrogen
- Heating and cooling
- Water heating
Updated by Erin Bennett, June 2022