Solar- How does it Work


Energy From The Sun   eia.govSOLAR- HOW DOESThe sun has produced energy for billions of years and is the ultimate source for all of the energy sources and fuels that we use today. People have used the sun’s rays (solar radiation) for thousands of years for warmth and to dry meat, fruit, and grains. Over time, people developed devices (technologies) to collect solar energy for heat and to convert it into electricity.

Too learn more about converting the sun’s energy:
– Collecting and using solar thermal (heat) energy
– Solar photovoltaic systems convert sunlight into electricity
– Solar energy has benefits and some limitations

How Solar Panels Work
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…The question many people have is: How exactly do those panels work? Unlike power from a wind turbine or even a power plant, solar panels don’t seem to have any moving parts — so how exactly is that energy being produced?… >>

How Solar Cells Work
by Jessika Toothman and Scott Aldous
You’ve probably seen calculators with solar cells — devices that never need batteries and in some cases, don’t even have an off button. As long as there’s enough light, they seem to work forever. You may also have seen larger solar panels, perhaps on emergency road signs, call boxes, buoys and even in parking lots to power the lights.

Although these larger panels aren’t as common as solar-powered calculators, they’re out there and not that hard to spot if you know where to look. In fact, photovoltaics…>>

-Photovoltaic Cells: Converting Photons to Electrons
-How Silicon Makes a Solar Cell
-Anatomy of a Solar Cell
-Energy Loss in a Solar Cell
-Solar-powering a House
-Solving Solar Power Issues
-Finishing Your Solar Power Setup
-Developments in Solar Cell Technology
-Solar Power Costs

How Solar Panels Work
In a single hour, the sun bathes Earth with enough solar energy to meet the world’s power needs for an entire year. Not only is sunlight the most abundant energy source available, it’s also the cleanest. So how can we turn this endless supply of sunbeams into useful electricity? The answer lies in the photovoltaic (PV) effect – the phenomenon of converting solar energy into electrical current. Solar cell (also known as PV cell) development has come a long way, and with the increasing demand for clean energy, the future is looking bright for this renewable energy source….>>

– The Science Behind Solar
– The Solar-Powered Home
­– Net Metering: Selling your Extra Energy
– Video: Energy in Action
– A Kilo-what?
– U.S. Household Energy Use