solar energy

Solar energy storage

Solar energy is the best alternative in lieu of the existing system of electricity discharge. Solar panels made with materials for absorbing the energy of the sun are used to help convert the light into electricity. Along with the generation of solar energy the storage is equally necessary for later use. For the solar power […]

Applications of solar energy

Because traditional energy production methods create environmental and health concerns, it is beneficial for lawmakers and scientists to investigate methods of energy production that are cleaner and more cost-effective. Solar energy has been found to be a very clean type of energy that can reduce pollution and also reduce the costs of energy in homes […]

Facts about solar energy

The sun is the source all of solar energy on Earth. It takes over eight minutes for sunlight to travel 93 million miles to Earth but once it arrives about one third is reflected back into space. The Earth absorbs the remaining two thirds, about four kilowatts every day for every square meter, enough energy […]

Solar power: a promising renewable energy source

The two main types of solar renewable energy are electricity and heat. Solar cells use the photoelectric effect to convert sunlight directly into electricity. Solar collectors absorb sunlight and use its thermal energy to heat a fluid. There are many advantages to using solar renewable energy, including its free and limitless supply, but also a […]

Solar panel efficiency

One thing that people who scoff at solar power like to point out is that solar panel efficiency averages only 20%. What that means is that most photovoltaic (PV) panels convert only about 20% of the captured solar energy to electricity. Even the most advanced designs using silicon are only able to operate at around […]

Pros and cons of solar energy

There are pros and cons of solar energy, just like any other form of energy. If you want to use solar power at home, only you can decide how the pros and cons of solar energy will weigh out for you. The pros of using solar energy in our homes include being environmentally friendly, long […]

Solar powered homes

Solar powered homes used to be thought of as part of alternative lifestyles only for hippies and hardcore environmentalists. That is no longer the case as solar power technologies have become more mainstream and affordable. With soaring energy costs and concerns over the environmental impact of using fossil fuels, solar powered homes are becoming more […]

Build your own solar panel

It is interesting to note that Albert Einstein’s Nobel Prize for Physics was due in part for his famous explanation of the photoelectric effect. This effect is the result of natural elements such as silicon experiencing a charge when exposed to direct sunlight. As such, photovoltaic (PV) principles are used in the construction of solar […]

How do solar panels work?

Solar panels are the devices that convert solar energy into several other forms of energy in order to generate power. This can be used perform several functions. Solar panels are broadly categorized into three major categories that include: Solar panels which are used to generate electricity Solar panels which are used to generate heat Solar […]