Cloudy or sunny, solar energy is an excellent source of renewable energy for heating and electricity. The market has seen a rise in the use of this type of technology to desalinate water as well. The sun is an endless source of energy. Solar power harnesses the heat and electricity generated by converting sunlight into electrical currents or thermal heat to be used as a renewable resource for powering homes, vehicles, buildings, and more!
The process of solar power works using two forms: electric current (produced from photovoltaic panels) or concentrated solar power. The energy produced can then be converted into usable resources like lighting up your home with clean electricity or providing warmth through radiant flooring panels.
Solar power is generated in two main ways:
Through Photovoltaic cells
Photovoltaics (PV) are electronic devices that convert sunlight into electricity. They were invented in 1954 by Bell Telephone Laboratories and today, PV is one of the fastest-growing renewable energy technologies ready to play a major role in global electricity generation.
Solar PV can be used to power mini-grids in developing countries with great solar energy resources. This is an excellent way to bring electricity access to people who do not live near lines, particularly those without easy access like rural areas or islands where this would make the most sense.
Through Thermal Heating
A CSP power plant uses mirrors to redirect the sun’s rays onto a tall thin tower. Heat from these redirected rays is turned into steam, creating electricity that can be used after the sun has gone down. The main advantage of this type of power plant over other solar energy technologies is it can store heat in molten salts allowing for night time use as well!
Solar Panel technology is a renewable and infinite source of energy though- one day we will most likely be able to harness its full potential!