The amount of sunlight that strikes the earth's surface in an hour and a half is enough to produce the entire world's energy needs for a full year. Solar energy technologies use the sun’s energy and light to provide solar electricity, solar water heating, solar heating, solar ventilation, solar lighting, portable solar, solar transportation and more.
Solar energy can help to reduce the cost of electricity, contribute to a resilient electrical grid, create jobs, and spur economic growth, generate back-up power for nighttime and outages when paired with storage, and operate at similar efficiency on both small and large scales. Use of solar energy is clearly a way to diminish our dependency to fossil fuels and is a good way to mitigate global warming by lowering the emission of greenhouse gases.
At Boviet Solar, our passion for solar electricity permeates every level of our company. Our employees share a common understanding for the extraordinary mission in which we are engaged – an understanding that translates into an unparalleled commitment to produce clean energy and dependable, efficient solar energy products.
It began with Edmond Becquerel, a young physicist working in France, who in 1839 observed and discovered the photovoltaic effect—a process that produces a voltage or electric current when exposed to light or radiant energy.
The big leap toward solar cells like the ones used in panels today came from the work of Bell Labs in 1954. As the space age developed, solar panels were used to power various parts of spacecraft throughout the late 1950s and 1960s.
Solar technologies are renewable energy sources that convert sunlight into electrical energy either through photovoltaic (PV) panels or through mirrors that concentrate solar radiation. This energy can be used to generate electricity or be stored in batteries or thermal storage.
For the conversion of sun radiation to electric energy through the PV Modules to successfully occur there is a complex process that consists of the following elements—solar panels, PV module, wiring, inverters, etc. The PV module is the core of the solar cells, when light from the sun hits the conversion module, each cell produces direct current (DC) voltage.
DC and alternating current (AC) wiring are responsible for switching the power on/off and from the inverter. The inverter is responsible for taking the DC from the solar and/or batteries and turning it into AC for use in a building or on the grid. Batteries are sometimes installed to store the electric energy chemically to be used when the sun is not hitting the panels, like during the night-time. Finally, solar controllers are used to regulate the energy current into the batteries. Solar energy is made possible through the work of each of these component.
The amount of sunlight that strikes the earth’s surface in an hour and a half is enough to produce the entire world’s energy need for a full year. Around the world many civilizations used solar power as far back in history as the 7th century B.C. in its most primitive state, energy from the sun has been harnessed and used almost as long as man has walked the earth.