All About Solar Panels


Solar power panels are the lifeblood of any solar energy plan, whether you want to build your own solar panel to power a few lights, or you intend on constructing an entire solar panel house. They are the first step in the collection and harnessing of solar energy. Without them, no solar project, not even making a small solar panel can get underway. But exactly how do solar panel systems work?

Regardless of what solar panel project you you jump into a homemade solar panel and a store-bought solar energy panel are very similar. Let’s look at how they actually take sunlight and create energy.

Home solar panel systems and huge commercial solar panel systems work the same way. Photovoltaic (transforming light into energy) cells are arranged on a thin film solar panel . This thin sheeting is then mounted onto some type of flat rectangular frame, and angled to face the sun. These solar panels collect heat from the sun's rays. This heat is transferred to common household electricity by a solar inverter.

The electricity then usually runs through a charge controller before being stored in batteries for later use. This is why solar panel efficiency runs so high. There are very few steps involved, so very little energy is lost in this process. Unlike electricity, which is most commonly created by burning coal and storing energy at some distant power plant, solar energy is clean and localized. You own your own solar power plant.

Sіmрlісіtу and рrіdе are also some of the reasons ѕо mаnу hоmеоwnеrѕ орt to buіld thеіr оwn " homemade ѕоlаr panel ". It іѕ fun, educational for the whоlе fаmіlу, and саn bе started оn аnу budgеt. Thе ѕіzе of ѕоlаr раnеlѕ can bе tаіlоrеd fit to уоur ѕресіfіс nееdѕ аnd ѕрасе lіmіtаtіоnѕ. And уоu can start ѕmаll аnd rаmр up production аѕ уоur budgеt аllоwѕ. Evеn thоugh making a hоmе ѕоlаr power раnеl іѕ relatively easy, the lоw соѕt of "ready-to-go" аll іn оnе hоmе solar panel systems has most соnѕumеrѕ рurсhаѕіng rather than learning thе рrосеѕѕеѕ of solar раnеl соnѕtruсtіоn .
A hоmе ѕоlаr роwеr раnеl is gеnеrаllу used to соllесt ѕunlіght fоr соnvеrѕіоn іntо energy for lіghtѕ and hеаt. Thіѕ іѕ a very ѕіmрlе process fоr thе "аvеrаgе Jое" tо undеrѕtаnd. Hе саn feel thе hеаt аnd see the lіght thе ѕun еmіtѕ, ѕо сhаnnеlіng thе ѕоlаr panel оutрut to thіngѕ lіkе water hеаtеrѕ аnd light bulbѕ juѕt mаkеѕ sense. Most оf the mоnthlу еnеrgу соѕt ѕаvіngѕ to the normal hоmеоwnеr іѕ сrеаtеd bу these twо applications. Hоwеvеr, thеѕе are not the оnlу wауѕ thаt ѕоlаr power раnеlѕ can bе еmрlоуеd іn a hоmе solar panel рrоjесt.

Dіd уоu knоw thаt ѕоlаr оvеnѕ are ԛuіtе a common fеаturе іn the mоdеrn ѕоlаr еnеrgу-роwеrеd hоmе? Obvіоuѕlу requiring a lоt more ѕоlаr еnеrgу thаn lіght bulbs or water hеаtеrѕ, many solar роwеr panels rеԛuіrіng much ѕрасе are uѕеd tо collect thе energy nееdеd tо hеаt аnd oven tо 400 dеgrееѕ. Thіѕ mеаnѕ mоrе batteries, a lаrgеr solar inverter, аnd more uрfrоnt соѕt.

Other hоuѕеhоld dеvісеѕ thаt саn bеnеfіt frоm ѕоlаr energy аrе ѕоlаr powered dіѕhwаѕhеrѕ, solar powered frееzеrѕ аnd solar роwеrеd rеfrіgеrаtоrѕ. Yоu can even use pool ѕоlаr раnеlѕ tо extend your pool ѕеаѕоn fоr уоur fаmіlу. Yеѕ, juѕt because thе ѕun'ѕ еnеrgу іѕ іnіtіаllу hоt dоеѕ nоt mеаn іt саnnоt bе соnvеrtеd tо cooling energy. As уоu саn ѕее, thе іnсrеdіblе vеrѕаtіlіtу of thе ѕіmрlе ѕоlаr energy раnеl cannot be overstated. Anything thаt runs оn еlесtrісіtу саn bе роwеrеd bу a solar еnеrgу panel.

Sаіlоrѕ, рrоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ аnd оutdооrѕ-mеn аlіkе, hаvе lоng undеrѕtооd the роwеr оf the sun's rays, аnd used them tо hаrnеѕѕ еnеrgу. Imagine bеіng out іn thе mіddlе of thе осеаn wіth nо lаnd in sight, when your bаttеrу dіеѕ. It іѕ very reassuring to knоw уоu hаvе a bаttеrу backup thаt hаѕ been сhаrgеd bу еnеrgу соllесtеd in ѕоlаr роwеr panels buіlt onto уоur bоаt.

Sо, whether you want tо buіld your оwn ѕоlаr panel оr рurсhаѕе рrе-mаdе аll іn оnе home ѕоlаr panel ѕуѕtеmѕ, thе gоіng is fun, easy аnd lоw-соѕt. The ѕаvіngѕ are іnѕtаntаnеоuѕ, уоu help create independence for уоu and уоur family, аnd lessen your іmрасt on Mоthеr Eаrth. All іn аll, harnessing frее energy through the uѕе оf solar роwеr раnеlѕ is ѕоmеthіng you саn begin to employ аnd benefit from tоdау. As уоu can ѕее thеrе аrе mаnу uѕеѕ fоr solar еnеrgу .

Capstone Turbine – Innovation in Clean and Green Energy

So when we look at the world, energy consumption is increasing every year. But most importantly, that energy needs to be clean. We have 1. 3 billion people without powerworldwide. Plus you have the issue of smog, emissionsenvironmental issues. It's not sustainable to keep growing the way theplanet iswithout having more energy efficiency, clean energy, low emissions,and zero emission technologies. And when you think of clean energy, Capstone is one of theinnovative leadersbecause we generate power at the source with ultra low emissions,extremely high reliability, and a cost-effective manner. Innovation in anysector is a challenge and energy is no different. Trying to develop new cutting-edge technologies with higher efficiency andlower emissions,you can't sacrifice reliability or quality. Capstone's microturbine technology is veryclean, very green. It has several other unique features, including an air bearing technology,which means we have no oil, no antifreeze, one moving part. Really, power electronics are the key to our solution. This allows a customer to focus on their corebusinessand spend less time doing maintenance on the microturbine. Capstone's microturbines serve several energy needsreally depending on the end-user. Whether it's prime power, peak shaving, backup power. All of our customers will typically use our product at least 50 percent of the time. We also solve energy needs when it comes to energy efficiencyand thermal use of the products. Taking steam, hot water,or even chilled water from the absorption chiller off the back of our exhaust. Capstone has shipped over six thousand microturbines worldwide, and has thousands ofinstallationsvirtually in almost every corner of the globe. Whether you're a plastics company here inCaliforniaor you're a food processor in Austria, you can use our technology as part of your keymanufacturing process. So here in California, the plastic company is actually using our exhaust to melt theplasticas part of theirmanufacturing process. Or in the food application in Austria, they're using itto sterilize bottles. So not only are we providing clean energy,reliable energy, we are seeing energy efficiency rates as high as90 percent, and are critical to their manufacturing process with the heat coming off the machine. Oil and gas is one of the key areas for Capstone's innovation. Whether it's in the U. S. in oil and gas operations, in shale gas operations, orinternationalin both offshore and onshore platforms. Capstone has been instrumental in helping customerslike Shell,Pemex, Petronas, Petrobras, or Origin Energy down in Australia, not only provide theenergy they need to get their product tomarket, but do it in an environmentally safe and friendly way. Capstone has been an innovator in the hybrid vehiclespace for a long time. The company is actually founded on a hybrid vehicle platform. Today, most of our applications are transit buses. These buses are electric vehicleswith congenitive brakes, and the microturbine sits in the back of the bus. And when the batteries get depleted - about 30 percent state of charge - the microturbinefires up and charges the batteries. And with a small company called Wright Speed, they're taking medium-duty trucks fordeliveryand package applications, and re-powering them with Capstone technologies. So these are hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles with congenitive brakes,using the Capstone microturbine as a range extender. So getting the vehicle so it can run twenty hours a day without having to stop and refuel. As we look for new applications for our product, Marine isone that fits our technology very well. Energy reliability is extremely critical. Emissions are becoming more and moreimportant worldwide. And most importantly, we are quiet with almost no vibration, which is essential in marine applications. The future for Capstone is very bright. In the last several years we have grown the business 20 to 30 percent a year with ourinnovative technology. Getting new customers new applications worldwide. But we continue to innovate our technologies. We have a 250 kilowatt,and 370 kilowatt version, we are currently developing with help from the Departmentof Energy. What's key about these technologies: they are higher efficiency, which is lower costper kilowatt,and allow us to penetrate more markets and have faster payback for our customers. So wherever you are in the world, whatever application you're in, whatever country you are in,Capstone is dedicated, through its reliable technology, to give yougreen, clean, low emission solutions that are both environmentally friendly,and economically friendly.

Greening our grid through renewable energy purchases

Ever think about how much energy it takes to search forsomething on Google?Our engineers spend a lot of time thinking about it andworking hard to make our operations asefficient as possible. This means when you search on Google or use one of our otherproducts or services, you don't use much energy at all. We've always optimized our data centers for efficiency,designing them to sip rather than gulp energy. For the energy we do need to power our products andservices, we are finding ways to use andpurchase clean energy. One of the ways we buy clean power is through powerpurchase agreements. PPAs are contracts to buy energy from specificfacilities that supply energy to a regional power grip. We engage in PPAs specifically for renewable energy sourceslike wind farms. Why not just build clean energy sources right on ourdata centers?The places with the best clean power potential are generallynot the same places where a data center can mostefficiently and reliably serve its users. And while our data centers operate 24/7, most renewableenergy sources don't yet. Google seeks out PPAs that lead to new renewable energysources being added to the grid over time. With PPAs, we aim to encourage the creation of additionalfacilities. So we enter into long-term, large scale contracts thatenable clean energy providers to get the financing they needto build new projects. At Google we have a strong interest in buying cleanenergy now and ensuring that we all have clean reliablesources of energy into the future. It's our hope that purchases like these help support themarket and drive down the cost of clean power, enablingrenewable energy projects to multiply.

UTS Science: Green energy

Facilitator: Professor, thank you so much for joining us today. First of all, tell usa little bit about the zinc oxide project. Professor: The zinc oxide project is one where we're looking at improving the efficiencyof the light emission properties of that material. This follows on from work that we've previouslydone on material known as gallium nitride. That work started 10years ago and now hasgone completely through from having an idea about how to use this material as efficientlight-emitting material, all the way through now so it's a commercial product. This issomething that you'll see that's been implemented in a whole range of applications. It's sortof a silent revolution. The standard incandescent bulb that's been around for the past hundredyears will become a thing of the past in the next 10 years or so. Facilitator: Okay, so just explain to me a little bit more about why it is so important. Professor: Well in terms of lighting, and this is known as solid-state lighting, sothis is a device known as a diode and a diode consists of a positive and negative or positiveand negative areas. With this material, because of these positive and negative areas, it setsup a little voltage barrier and this voltage barrier, if we apply a voltage to it, it canovercome the electrons, can overcome this barrier and that interaction will producelight. Now the advantage is it does this without producing any heat, so it's a very efficientprocess compared with, say, an incandescent bulb where 90 per cent of the energy that'sused is lost as heat rather than light. So it's a very low power for a very high brightness. Facilitator: So how, exactly, would this be used in people's everyday lives?Professor: Well it's already, now, these light-emitting diode traffic lights have proliferated aroundthe city already. If you go to any traffic lights now you'll basically see that insteadof one bulb it's actually comprised of something like 140 LEDs. Now the advantage with this,even though there's 140 of these, that because of their low power consumption that lightassembly actually uses one-third less power than a conventional incandescent bulb. Even,for example, these torches or flashlights that we have here, you can see that the incandescentbulbs have been replaced with the LED devices here. The advantage here is this bulb lastsfor 10years, so it has a very long lifetime and this is the same sort of technology thatwill be slowly introduced into domestic lighting. Actually lighting consumes something of theorder of 20 per cent of the total power worldwide. So if we can introduce solid-state lightingwhere we're actually using at least a half, you can see immediately that we have a 10per cent drop in our power usage which translates to a 10 per cent drop in the production ofgreenhouse gases. Facilitator: How does this apply with your research then?Professor: Well with our work, we work at a very fundamental level, understanding howwe can improve the efficiency of this material by growing this material with better quality. This material is all manmade material, so it's grown atom by atom, layer by layer. Aspart of this process, this process is being continuously refined to make better and betterquality materials and so we study the light emission from areas that are a millionth ofa millimetre to get a complete understanding of the mechanisms that are involved in producingthe light emission. Facilitator: I imagine that means you have some pretty spectacular machinery. Professor: Yes, like the one behind me here. This enables us to accelerate electrons tovery high speed and inject them into one of these materials, this new advanced materials,into this very small volume and then study how the light is emitted by the various attachmentsthat are sitting on the microscope behind me. Facilitator: Okay, so let's put that in everyday terms. How long before we see results outsidethe lab?Professor: Well, as I said, in terms of the gallium nitride technology that we've beenworking on for 10 years, that's already there. That's out there. These are now engineeringissues to make the product more cost efficient. What we're now working on is a material knownas zinc oxide. Zinc oxide has excellent properties, in some sense much better properties thangallium nitride and this is sort of the thrust of our research is trying to understand theoptical electrical properties of zinc oxide. Facilitator: Can you give me a timeframe, a ballpark timeframe?Professor: Well we're not the only group working on this. There's a lot of groups around theworld that are working on this problem and as this technology improves and we can producemore efficient bulbs that use less power and emit more light and also as the scale of productionincreases, the cost of these will continue to fall. It's very possible that in the next,well certainly in the next 20 years, that there'll be no incandescent sources in useat all. Facilitator: Professor, thank you so much for your time and taking the time to explainsome very complex ideas. Professor: My pleasure. Facilitator: Best of luck with your research. Professor: Thank you very much.

Bringing green energy and green jobs to Bangladesh

the life has improved for some people in
rural Bangladesh
for most of the country's $142 million
incomes are low and decent work remains
hard to find
while electricity reach as many areas
and Bangladesh
seventy percent to rural people are
connected to the national grid
the power lines either haven't reached
their villages or the cost have
is deemed too high some villagers are
opting for solar power as an alternative
it's a move in Courage by the central
government sent you the actor has been
installing solar panels in rural homes
for three years
she received training through a program
supported by the International Labour
Grameen Shakti and partner organizations
ovett call
a public agency the promotes renewable
I'll take a beaded the solar panel on
this house transfers energy from the Sun
into rechargeable battery through this
system we can have lights
charge a mobile phone watch TV among
other things
all from solar energy the villages here
seem great benefits from it
at a grammy check the center in the
nearby town of Bogor a
Shima actor another beneficiary of the
training is earning money
by assembling the various components for
the solar home systems
she says these new skills have changed
her life for the better
my family thinks I'm in a better
position now
before I couldn't cover the cost to my
education but now I can
I can also give some money to my family
now they hope I'll be able to continue
working for myself
after finishing my studies just down the
another beneficiary has become an
inspiration to the women in her village
and Grammy coated black I'm doing this
work with great interest
and encouraging other women to do the
work all-women
ask me about this and all interested in
doing it
the idea makes them very happy good
this six-week training program is
conducted at government-run vocational
training centers across Bangladesh
it's made possible through the technical
and financial support
at the Australian Government i lo
partnership agreement
Grameen Shakti and other service
providers which are expected to hire
many of the graduates
yes donna is not a pickup have taken
this course
only for one reason we have a deficiency
we have lotsa demand like electricity so
if we can make this rechargeable solar
energy system successful
it will bring great benefits to my
villagers and my country
Miller for yasmin is one of several
young women in this class of forty
although most of the trainees are man
gender is no obstacle to this line of
or to her Hamid anymore I think nowadays
there is no difference when it comes to
men and women in the workplace
but to prove it are trying to be better
than the boys
the head teacher is also bullish on the
future prospects for this kind of
specialized work
I think job just post pics the bigger
a day by day mean is in our country
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it will be and decided by the by a Roman
them from system must be
in the or a home back in the capital
the government is intently following the
success of the solar home programs
and is promoting further expansion at
the concept to be jobs totally new for
us what that is and we need
specially I history it
be be support people loss
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knowledge sharing mean jobs eighty
they depicted for our will people thanks
to the partnership
wave IOL and government
Australia we are working very closely
with the government
young players organization well kiss
and some other key partner
to head Muzzin people
by providing skins so that they can
really get access
to solar pan
I think from independent perspective it
is a huge opportunity
that to delete this solar energy and
did and that could create green jobs
in mind that this ninja abilities the
workers so
with the two billion supports it to
bring the solar system
a in the bill is this where that is both
electricity from the
and mister great will benefit
people any to you the it new job
actor has finished her job for today and
she's accomplished a lot
she's product clean green renewable
source of electricity to another family
and she's achieved satisfying skilled
and decent work for herself
tomorrow she'll do it all again