How Can Solar Power Work For You?
In one hour, the sun generates more energy than the world’s requirements for a whole year! By using photovoltaic (PV) panels it is possible to harness some of that energy and use it to run appliances in your home.
How Do Solar Panels Work?
PV panels use lenses or mirrors to collect energy during daylight hours.
The panels are made up from semiconducting material sandwiched between two electrical contacts. When the sun strikes the panels, subatomic particles called electrons are released.
Electrons carry a negative electrical charge and are the primary carriers of electrical charge in any solid. The semiconductor is positively charged on one side and negatively charged on the other to encourage the electrons to travel in the same direction, setting up an electrical current.
The electrical contacts capture this direct current (DC). Domestic (and business) appliances require alternating current (AC), so before the electrical current can be used it must be converted from DC to AC via an inverter. The AC current is then transferred to your fuse box and from there distributed to the appliances when you turn them on.
Solar Energy Storage, a huge step towards energy independence, solar batteries let you store up power for when you really need it.
Solar energy battery storage systems allow you to make the very best use of the energy you generate during daylight hours.
If you generate more energy than you use during the day you can store some of it to use once the sun has gone down, advances in technology have pushed down the price of battery storage and you can easily add a battery storage solution to an existing PV array.