Solar Ecology



Welcome to the Solar Ecology site - an outlet for expanding knowledge and skills regarding solar energy coupled to society and our supporting biomes, established at Pennslyvania State University.

As world population is projected to surpass 11 billion people by the end of the century, there is an evolving challenge of effectively managing resources in order to supply sufficient food, water, and energy to support this growing populace. Solar development is growing exponentially and has vast potential for meeting increasing energy demands. In this emerging era of flow-based renewable energy, it is important to explore the systematic interactions between humans, biota and their surrounding environments, and the dynamic flow of solar energy to Earth's surface. Expanding and sharing knowledge on these coupled systems will build the framework for integrative design that deeply influences the food-energy-water nexus and addresses future stakeholder preferences.