Solar energy systems

Solar energy systems have become synonymous with the effort to build a cleaner, “greener” environment, and with good reason. Solar power is, for practical purposes, a limitless resource, and for that reason, billions of dollars are spent every year to improve our ability to harness the energy it provides. We are still just beginning to find the potential of solar power, but there are many industries that are beginning to use solar power to their great benefit (and ours). And at the same time, there are many industries that aren’t using solar power much now, but are trying to develop new and innovative ways to use solar power.

Solar power, in a general sense, is the conversion of sunlight into electricity. The technology that was developed to convert the energy was actually developed in the late 19th century. It has only come into popular use in the last few decades because the technology didn’t exist to convert the energy efficiently – when first developed, solar power devices were only able to convert about 1% of the light they captured into electricity. Since then the efficiency of panels has increased exponentially, and it’s grown into a very valuable energy source.

All solar energy systems work through their solar panels, which are the devices that both collect light and then harness its energy. These are called photovoltaic modules. Photovoltaic modules are made of the glass and mirrors that we see on their exterior as well as a collection of photovoltaic cells that each creates a certain amount of energy. In general, the bigger the solar panel, the more energy cells it has, and the more power it converts. That equation may vary based on the time and quality with which it was created, but it’s usually the case.

Almost any appliance can use a solar energy system to produce the power it needs, but usually solar power is only used as a part of an applications power source. The reason for that is obvious – solar power only works at its best with the sun out and at daytime. For anything that needs to work consistently, solar energy can only be part of its power source, but it can still be a very powerful one. In particular, solar energy systems work great with any type of rechargeable energy source, like a battery or generator. This way, the panels can collect energy when the sun is out, and the battery system can store that energy for a rainy day, or for a time when it needs to be used, in the case of a generator.

Solar energy has also been seeing heavy usage in “green” power plants. Power plants that use solar energy often have many ways of generating electricity, such as fossil fuels or wind farms. This allows them to take advantage of the benefits of solar energy, while still having another reliable source of fuel. The effort to develop clean energy is still ongoing, as some of the first plants using 100 percent renewable energy have already been developed in Europe.

The effort to integrate solar energy systems into our everyday lives is still continuing, and the presence of solar energy gets stronger every day. Although solar power only contributes about 0.02% of the world’s energy, that number has been growing, as the number of solar energy systems developed worldwide has increased substantially every year. The technology of solar power is still growing very rapidly, and that doesn’t see lie it will stop anytime soon, there is no reason for the proliferation of solar energy systems to decline. If anything, we should see solar power become a major force in the world’s energy market within the next 20-30 years.

3 Responses to “Solar energy systems”

  1. Steven Jackson Says:

    Having read your blog it struck me that usually people only tend to use solar panels to heat water or their swimming pools. What was interesting was you say that almost any appliance can be powered by solar panels.

  2. Prashant Kalra, Marketing Manager Says:

    Very eye-opening indeed. The basic purpose of solar systems were conventionally thought to be only for cooking and heating water. But today one can actually run so many appliances with the power of sun.

  3. Ken Anderson Says:

    You mention that “For anything that needs to work consistently, solar energy can only be part of its power source”. While this is ultimately true, a huge gain can be made by connecting a system to the “grid”. Grid tied systems can dump energy back into the grid when it is needed the most and you don’t therefore need cumbersome and expensive batteries. Battery systems can almost double the cost of a solar installation by the time in include materials and labor.

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