Using solar panels is a great way to generate clean and renewable electricity to power remote appliances, or even the average home.
There are two main forms of solar cells in existence today, and these are; "solar electricity panels" and "solar hot water panels". The two different technologies allow us to either generate electricity for our homes or to heat the water we use.
As time goes by, we begin to see new and more efficient solar panel designs. This is making the use of photovoltaic power over fossil fuels, much more viable to homeowners and businesses.
It is unlikely we will see heavy industry using photovoltaic electricity for quite some time due to the much larger energy demand industry requires, but who knows where photovoltaic electricity will take us in future years.
As the technologies surrounding the use of photovoltaics improve, we are likely to see a much greater, widespread use of solar cells.
Solar Electricity Panels
Solar (or photovoltaic) cells, are a very useful way of providing electricity to remote areas (as mentioned earlier), where the use of electricity may be important, yet the laying of high voltage cable may not be viable. The best example of the importance of solar energy to provide electricity in remote locations can be found on satellites. For many years, satellites have been using solar panels to catch the suns rays, in order to provide power to the equipment on board.
Photovoltaic cells can be aligned as an array, as shown in the image to the top of this page. There are many advantages of using a solar cell array, with various panels fitted along a mounting system. One of the main advantages is that we are able to combine various numbers of cells to provide a greater output of electricity, and this method makes solar electricity a viable option to power small homes and businesses.
The increasing efficiency of solar energy technologies, means we are able to purchase and install panels, knowing we are likely to receive an efficient way of harnessing energy from the suns rays to turn into electricity for use in our homes.
It is quite possible for a household to run completely off photovoltaic electricity from the use of solar panels, yet this is unlikely in most cases. The costs involved with supplying a whole house with electricity from solar energy would be quite high for the average homeowner. However, the use of solar electricity in the average home is still able to provide a substantial amount of electricity, reducing future energy bills.
Solar Hot Water Panels
The use of solar panels to heat water is becoming increasingly popular around the world due to the energy and money saving associated with this method.
A good solar hot water panel system is able to provide an average household with around a third of its annual hot water supply. While this may not sound much, it can reduce energy costs by a considerable amount.
Now imagine if you could combine not only a solar panel hot water heating system, but also an average solar electricity system. This would save a heap on energy and electricity bills.
The combination of a solar hot water panel with other renewable energy technologies, such as solar panels, or a home wind turbine can work quite well together in providing a source of cheap, clean, and renewable energy for our homes.
Integration is key for the success of a solar electricity system, so be sure to consult an expert in this field when planning installation.