With the levels of natural resources falling rapidly the search is on for renewable energy sources to power our homes, business and allow essential services to continue. Solar energy is a frontrunner in the race to find the best suited and easiest to harass energy source. This article gives a brief account of the benefit of using solar panels to produce soar energy and highlights just some of its many uses. It is clear that in years to come solar energy will continue to develop and become an even more commonly used form of renewable energy production.
What is solar energy? Solar energy is comes from the heat and light that comes from the sun. For thousands of years, since ancient times, man has been using sun power. In these modern times we are much better equipped to collect, store and convert solar energy than ever before.
How does it all work?
A solar cell (also referred to as a photovoltaic cell) is a device that can convert the energy of light into electricity. One cell can produce a small amount of electricity so large collections of these cells, known as the solar panel are use in countless instillations to power numerous devises, from cars to powering houses.
The use of solar panels in buildings
Due to the demand for clean, green and renewable energy sources there has been a high increase in the number of solar panel installations on residential buildings. Solar panels can be used in caravans or holiday accommodations in areas that get a fair amount of sun where there is no access to electricity from traditional supplies.
Commercially solar panels can be fitted to any number of offices, warehouses or factories to produce solar energy.
Amongst the many benefits of using solar panels to produce energy, one that works particularly well for industrial outfits is that solar panels can be fitted to any building that get an adequate supply of light regardless of how remote it is, as the building does not need to be connected to the national grid.
Other ways to use solar energy
As a solar panel produces electricity there are few restrictions on what solar energy can be used for. Solar panel heating and lighting systems are becoming increasing commonly. As well as heat and light, solar panels can be fitted to some devises to power them up in order to be able to use them to cook with. More and more devises, both large and small are being tested and converted to solar energy where possible.
Millions of pounds have been spent attempting to convert solar energy with the usual of several solar panels quickly enough to power a vehicle. So far the success of this project has been limited to solar power car racing and research as opposed to powering a domestic car long enough to use as you would normally.
We are at a stage where the heating and lighting panels are being used more and more commonly in residential project and other buildings. It is expected that the process of collecting and converting solar energy will continue to evolve and that soon enough solar panels will be as commonly used to power gadgets and cars as it is to run a home.