Usually, we have relied on a wide range of fossil fuels for fulfilling our electrical or energy requirements such as natural gas, coal, oil and so. However, these are not just depleting fast but are also contributing a lot towards global warming. That brings us to – what suitable alternative do we have right now to replace this for the time ahead.
We know we have access to the sun which is the biggest source of energy in our planet, and this is where harnessing that power to create solar energy provides us the right alternative to the traditional fuel options.
What is Solar Energy?
In essentiality, solar energy is the energy produced by the sun in the form of light and heat. Readily available and renewable, solar energy is fast becoming highly utilized source of energy to convert into electricity and other forms of energy using solar panels.
It is harnessed in two ways:
It is done using solar cells or photovoltaic devices to convert the sun’s energy into electricity. Semiconductors in the cells consist of electrons that are stimulated by solar rays that in turn power the electrical devices or send the electricity to the power grid. This electrical energy is then used in solar lights, watches, calculators, and so.
Solar Collector Devices
A solar thermal collector absorbs sun rays and harnesses the heat which then heats up the solar panels across properties such as water heaters, pools, hot tubs and so. In a collector, liquid is heated that turns the turbine which is connected to a generator. The converted electricity is used to power on devices or is stored in devices like a solar battery.
How Solar Panels Work?
A solar panel is a device that works to absorb the sun rays and convert that energy into electricity. For this purpose, solar panels are used, these must be installed in an open place with no restrictions to sunrays like trees. One of the best examples is the solar panel installed on the roof across residential and commercial properties.
An inverter connects the solar panel to the building with a wiring system, which converts direct current (DC) into alternating current, which is the produced electricity and is then available to be used by appliances across the building.When you are looking to produce own solar energy for your home or commercial premises, ensure that for installing solar panels you are having sufficient sunlight to get access to for the panel on a daily basis. Go through all the local laws and regulations regarding installing solar panel in your home or commercial premise.