Solar energy, of course, begins with the sun. Also known as photovoltaic’s, solar panels are made from silicon. When the photons from the sun light hits the surface of the panel the silicon produces an electrical current. The energy produced is called clean energy because there is no pollution as a result. Solar panels are used to provide energy to remote sensing stations, telecommunications equipment, and homes. The possibilities are endless really, because once they are setup they rarely need maintenance.
History of solar panels
The development of solar energy began more than a century ago. During the early days, solar power was used mainly to produce steam to drive machinery. Henri Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect that allowed the conversion of solar electric energy. Becquerel\’s discovery triggered the invention of the first true solar cell by Charles Fritts in 1893, which was created by coating selenium sheets with a thin gold layer. The solar panel was then created afterwards.
But the modern solar panel we know of today wasn\’t patented until 1941 by a researcher named Russell Ohl. He worked at Bell Laboratories, which was the company that started making them in 1954. There were only used on space satellites at first due to the high cost. But in the 1970\’s the now popular solar calculators hit the market, and the rest is history.
Now solar panel power systems are used to power people\’s homes and even commercial structures and large buildings.
Let solar panels work
Solar panels can gather clean renewable energy in sunlight form that will be converted into electricity. The average home has adequate roof area to let solar panels gather enough sun to be converted into DC current or AC current. Solar panel arrays can be sized to meet big requirements. The AC current can power loads in the house and other commercial buildings. It is important to consider the part of the house, as well as the right angle of the sun so that the solar panels can gather the most light over more hours of the day for optimum results.
You can choose to build your own solar panels or just order a pre-made one online. There are also a number of stores that offer solar panels, depending on the use you need. You can hire some experts to help you determine the right part of the house or structure where you need it installed. You should also talk to other solar panel owners to help you maximize the benefits.