Solar energy is all about harnessing the goodness of the sun’s energy to power modern civilization on Earth. Solar energy has the potential to contribute positively towards almost everything that requires power to function. Today we have the technology to ably capture and utilize direct sunlight to power homes, factories, charging stations, fuel pumps and the like. The advantages of switching to solar from conventional mediums of energy are nothing but beneficial to the planet and humankind. Solar energy is a renewable (clean) resource. While technology plays a crucial role in fast tracking this concept, the good news is that world leaders, governments and large companies are actively working towards this vision.
Solar Photovoltaic Systems. What’s that, you ask? They are systems which use panels/modules that capture the sun’s energy and convert them into electricity. These panels are advanced enough to even work on cloudy days, not always depending on direct sunlight to function efficiently. Solar energy has many applications, big and small. It can be used to heat water, heat up pools, light up the outdoors, power up electric cars, power telecommunication equipment, generate electricity in houses and even power satellite and space stations. In fact, satellite and space stations are completely dependent on solar energy to keep them running, (there’s no other form of energy available in space, remember?). It is also the answer to slowing down global warming.
The benefits are too many to list. But first here’s a crash course into how solar panels function: Solar panels are made up of diminutive solar cells that use light to enable the movement of electrons. The layers of these solar cells have electrons which jump from one later to the other, when electrons are taken away. When the sunlight hits the electrons, they jump from one layer to the other producing a flow of electricity.
We hope the above read has convinced to take the leap of faith and do your bit to save the planet, one step at a time.