How are ridge vents different from a solar attic fan?

Ridge vents, gables vents, and turbine vents work by passive (natural) draft air convection. This means that as hot air rises in your attic, it should flow out from these vents creating a natural draft through the attic. However, they are not very effective at reducing the temperature of your attic. Turbine vents are designed to pull hot air out of your attic when the wind blows. These vents are