Solar power system strategies are in. The main reason behind this seemingly sudden explosion of interest in solar power systems is twofold: Financial and ecological. Translated, it means that the home or business owner is afraid of the increasing oil costs and is now willing to experiment with non-conventional renewable energies. On top of this an increasing number of people feel that they would like to be friendlier towards our planet and leave less carbon footprints if possible.
Until not so long ago, these alternative energy structures were rather cumbersome to run, but now they can already assist greatly in powering the energy needs of faraway places and improve commercial electrical operations. They can also help homeowners to offset some or most of their power expenses.
How can we improve a solar power system operation?
The viability of a solar power system, however, is something that many skeptics question. Granted, these systems are not absolutely ideal, but what is? In any case, they are a noteworthy option that can help reduce the huge amounts of non-renewable energy that we all consume. If we understand how these operations work we may be able to identify undiscovered potential benefits and the disadvantages of certain designs.
Your basic alternative solar system is made up of several different main components. The general feasibility of any solar power system that truly aims at disconnecting a house or an office building from the electrical grid or significantly reducing the usage of conventional electricity strongly depends on the practical effectivity of each element included in the system.
Components of a solar system
For a solar system to work you need the following components:
Solar cells, panels or arrays – A solar power system is always based on a device that captures the photon energy of the sun. For very small designs you only need small solar cells.
Whether you have a solar power system that was conceived to run only one mechanism or a whole building, you need the appropriate number and size of solar panels or solar panel arrays and arrangements to collect enough energy to manage the desired operation.
Once the solar cells or panels have collected the sun’s energy, the next step is to transform it to direct current power. The general effectiveness of any solar power system depends greatly on how capable the solar panels are of collecting and transforming the power of the sun into DC (direct current) power).
An inverter – What this component does is take the DC energy that was generated by the solar panels and convert it to alternating current energy. AC power is the type of electricity required by most major electrical appliances and systems.
The inverter component can increase or decrease significantly the efficiency of a whole system depending on how well it converts DC (direct current) power into AC (alternating current) electricity. A certain amount of loss is generally expected in the transformation though.
A battery or batteries – What this battery or batteries do is to store the AC or alternating current power so that it can be used in the future in electrical systems. As you probably expected, the batteries also have a strong influence that depends on different factors. A quality battery can be expected to keep a charge well; if it does not do its job the already absorbed power gets wasted during the conversion process.
The general efficacy of any given solar power system can be influenced by several heterogeneous factors. Fortunately, the designs produced now are both more efficient and more cost-effective.
As a matter of fact, there are already a few solar power system models that are used as the only power source in a number of faraway locations. We should not forget either that many households or businesses put their trust in such solar systems to furnish them backup power in case of an emergency.
A solar power system such as it is designed today is certainly not perfect, but it works and helps to solve many problems our society faces. It’s certainly a big step in the right direction.