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A Complete Guide To Solar Power

A Complete Guide To Solar Power

Steady funds from the government and the pouring support of investors have lead to innovations in solar energy’s infinite potential. One of the companies currently working in this arena is MES Power who also specialise in high voltage power engineering and wind turbine hookups. There are three solar energy active conversions: solar photovoltaic, concentrated solar power, and solar heating and cooling.

Photovoltaic panels

Photovoltaic panels use silicon solar panels to convert the sun’s radiation to electrical energy. PV cells can be installed according to electricity needs and can power small devices like calculators and watches to a whole residential power requirement. There are also two kinds of photovoltaic panels: crystalline silicon (c-Si) modules and thin film modules.

C-Si modules. The majority of PV modules are based in crystalline silicon due to abundant resources. There are two main forms of c-Si: single-c-Si module and mc-Si or multi-crystalline silicon module. Commercial sc-Si converts electricity better than mc-Si while the latter is less expensive than single crystalline silicon modules.

Thin film modules Thin film PV modules are made by depositing extremely thin layers of photosensitive materials in glass, plastic, or stainless steel backing. The first thin film produce is a-Si or amorphous silicon. It offers several advantages including low consumption of raw materials, high production and automation efficiency, better performance in high ambient temperature, simple assembly and manufacturing integration, and more resistant to overheating. On the other hand, thin film modules have lower efficiency than crystalline silicon modules and the industry is yet … More...

Solar Panel Inverters – What Are They?

Solar Panel Inverters – What Are They?

If you decide to invest money in buying and installing a solar energy system at home, and your investment will more than pay for itself given enough time. You’ll save so much money on your utility bills that you will probably not need to wait more than five years to make your investment back.

Most people who decide to take the plunge going solar, mostly only think of the most visible part of the system – those huge PV arrays on the roof that announce to everyone that you’ve gone green. Well, there’s another part to any solar energy system that you need to think about too. Solar systems always need solar panel inverters to take the direct current put out by PV panels and convert them to usable utility-style alternating current.

No one gives much thought to solar panel inverters – they just seem like they are a cog in the wheel – that they don’t do anything special.

Of course, that’s not true. You need efficient solar panel inverters to really get steady and usable power out of your solar arrays. Certainly, you could just order solar installers to come in and do the whole thing, you wouldn’t have to ever think about the components that went into the system. If you are  more hands-on kind though, you’ll find that you you can often get a better system to go shopping around yourself. When you head to a dealer who deals in solar energy systems, you’ll find a … More...