A new solar and lighting technology is poised to propel an otherwise stagnant solar energy industry forward. The key is in the technology used to collect, store, and then harness the energy from the sun. As the cost of solar power continues to drop, and with the cost of solar panels steadily rising, it is imperative that we learn how to best utilize this energy resource for economic benefit.
Solar cells are the building blocks of any solar cell. They collect light from the sun in the form of photons (light-sensing molecules) and then transform them into electricity using an internal conversion device known as photovoltaic. Photovoltaic energy can be used to power lights, batteries, and other devices in your home. This energy conversion technology will continue to evolve for years to come.
As you can imagine, if your home contains solar panels, these cells collect the sun’s rays during the day and convert those rays into electricity throughout the evening hours. It’s amazing that with just these four basic components, your entire house could be completely powered by the sun!
Lights for the home can be anything from standard incandescent lamps to solar and lighting fixtures. If you have a high traffic area such as your kitchen or family room, you may want to consider adding more solar and lighting. However, this decision should not be made solely based on economics, as the amount of electricity needed to run a solar lamp or lighting fixture can be extremely high.
The key to a new solar and lighting technology is in the design of the panels themselves. For the most part, the materials used to make solar panels are cheap and readily available. There are three main categories of materials that are most commonly used in solar panels.
Glass: Glass is one of the least expensive materials used to make solar panels. While glass panels are less efficient than those constructed from a different material, their lack of efficiency does not outweigh the cost of having low-efficiency panels. It is possible to purchase glass panels made from low-quality glass at a low cost, but they will not provide as much light as high quality panels. Glass is also not very effective at collecting sunlight as a photovoltaic cell as other types of solar cells.
Silicon: Silicon is a little more expensive and less efficient than glass, but provides higher light gathering capabilities. Silicon cells are made out of an expensive crystalline substance, which can provide up to 90% of the light-collecting capabilities of a regular solar cell.
Silicon cells require less maintenance and more frequent replacing. In addition to allowing for a larger number of solar panels, they also require less energy to store the stored on a panel as well as providing better overall energy production.
Copper: Copper is used in conjunction with glass to produce the best solar panels, but is also slightly more expensive. This is because copper tends to be slightly more efficient in light gathering abilities than glass panels.
Copper cells do not collect as much light as a photovoltaic cell, which results in less light. as well as requiring more energy to store the stored light. These two differences add up and translate into a greater difference in energy needs.
To make the best solar panel for your home, you should purchase the largest panel you can afford. and choose a panel made from the cheapest material you can afford.
When purchasing a solar panel, remember to keep in mind the energy required to store the energy generated from the panels, as well as to make sure the panels are positioned in areas of the home that receive adequate sunlight throughout the day. By using the proper design and placement of the panels, you can easily make a switch from the use of fossil fuels to solar and lighting.