solar collector

noun

Definition of solar collector

: any of various devices for the absorption of solar radiation for the heating of water or buildings or the production of electricity

Examples of solar collector in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In total, there are 140 layers of the six different solar collector materials. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 20 Apr. 2020 The small planet would have been converted into a horde of mining and manufacturing robots, powered by fleets of Dyson Swarm solar collectors. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, 28 Feb. 2020 In solar energy, scientists continue to research ways to pump more energy out of solar collectors in a shorter time in order to minimize waste and improve energy payload. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 3 Dec. 2019 Either way, having an effective way to use smart materials to pivot solar collectors toward the sun may mean more efficient collection and use of solar energy. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 5 Nov. 2019 The end result, at this stage, is a very inefficient solar collector. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 12 Dec. 2018 In the 1960s physicist Freeman Dyson postulated that advanced, energy-hungry civilizations might enshroud their home stars in solar collectors—later called Dyson spheres—to absorb practically all of a star's light. Kimberly Cartier, Scientific American, 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of solar collector

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Solar collector.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solar%20collector. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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