Solar Power Today
Solar energy is abundant. The sun is a renewable source of energy that people can use to benefit from in a number of ways. Converting it to power you house in the form of electricity is possible with the use of photovoltaic cell technology.
Solar power has been adopted for various purposes for many years. Before, photovoltaic technology was almost exclusively used for satellites in space to power it electrical systems. Today, it is now deeply associated with green energy and how it can help families gain more opportunities using solar panels.
On a typical bright and sunny day, the rays of the sun give off an estimated 1,000 watts of energy per square meter of the earth’s surface. If people are able to harness this power effectively, they can save on electricity bills for their homes and conserve gas for their heating needs. Utilising this power for homes can even provide homeowners with incentives from the government.
Transforming Photons to Electrons
Producing solar power entails the collection and conversion of sunlight into electricity. Collecting the sun’s rays can be done with the use of solar panels, which are flat panels containing many individual semiconductors or solar cells. The most commonly used semiconductors are made from silicon. These solar cells are then treated with a chemical that changes the electrical makeup of the photovoltaic cell.
These PV solar panels are designed with a positive and negative layer of PV semiconductors to create an elective field. As the photons get absorbed by the solar cell and passes through the electric field, its electrons get separated from its atoms and are collected and passed through the wires resulting to direct electricity (DC).
The direct current passes through an inverter to generate alternating current (AC) which is used in homes so it can be used normally. Using meters, owners can monitor and record amount of generated and used electricity, while the spare electricity can be sold back to the grid.
Powering Homes with Solar Energy
Solar powered homes are gaining more popularity as the materials used to make them are becoming more affordable. Reading in-depth information about solar power and the technology used to harness them can help you make smart decisions for your home.
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