Solar Energy Panels
Solar energy is simply energy derived from the Sun. It can be used for heating, electricity, drying, disinfecting, etc… Solar energy can be easily converted into other forms. Solar energy products include photovoltaic cells (“solar panels”), solar modules (“solar modules” or “solar heaters”), solar heating systems (“solar heating systems”), and solar air-conditioning systems (“solar air-conditioning systems”). Solar energy can also be collected and stored for later use.
Solar energy is one of the most abundant forms of renewable energy available. However, it can be quite costly to install solar power systems in homes because of its high initial costs. The process of converting solar energy can also be very costly. Some states in the US have special programs for tax credits for solar energy. The incentives can make your initial investment of solar panels or solar power system more affordable.
Solar energy products that can be directly converted into electricity include the photovoltaic cells (“solar cells”) that are usually installed in solar panels. Solar cells can be made of semiconductors like silicon and gallium arsenide. They have the ability to absorb and store the sun’s energy directly. The silicon in these semiconductors are called “solar semiconductors”.
Solar cells do not convert sunlight directly into electric current. Solar energy products that use solar energy can convert electrical current in one of two ways. One way is the photovoltaic effect – rays of sunlight are absorbed and turned into direct electricity. Another way is to use the “side-effects” of electricity passing through an absorber, such as a silicon pixel. This process of passing an electric current through an absorber produces an indirect but measurable amount of electric current. Some researchers believe this indirect current may eventually be used commercially.
Solar energy systems are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes to meet the energy needs of various people or buildings. Solar energy products can be used for heating and cooling, as well as providing electric current. An important consideration is the amount of sunlight that a structure receives. Structures that are located in areas with a low amount of sunlight will need to use more solar efficiency solar panels. On the other hand, buildings that are positioned in areas that receive a good amount of sunlight can use less efficient but still reliable types of solar panels.
Solar energy panels that are directly connected to an electrical current output, such as a solar panel, are known as direct current (DC). There are four different types of DC which are applicable for use with solar panels. The different types of DC include alternating current (AC), direct current (DC), and magnetized DC. DC generated with a generator can be stored in a battery bank. The battery bank may be attached to a generator or an inverter.