Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency 02/21/16

As a result of the second law of thermodynamics, the phenomena of a one hundred percent energy efficient system exists in human imagination only. Consequently, the energy efficiency of systems can be measured. If you take the percentage difference between the input power of a system and the amount of work it does, then you have just measured the energy efficiency. This has a pertinent application to the field of Engineering, where maximum efficiency is paramount. For example, the energy efficiency of most commercial solar cells is between 15-20%, so 15-20 percent of the energy taken in from the sun is transferred into usable work.

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