Solar Technology Facts

by | Jul 18, 2017 | Sustainability |

Solar technology takes the sun’s power and converts it into other forms of energy that we can later store and use when and where we wish. Most of us are familiar with photovoltaic cells, also known as solar panels. These days they can be found on almost anything, from handheld calculators to space stations.

The way they work is by having the high energy particles coming from the sun hit the solar cells in which they knock out electrons from atoms letting them flow free, thus creating electricity which we later store in batteries.

Larger power plants that produce energy using the sun take a different approach. They use the sun’s energy to heat oil that boils water and produces steam which is used to power a turbine, the same way it’s done in nuclear and coal reactors.

You can also replicate these at home on a much smaller scale. Using mirrors to focus the sunlight on one spot you can heat a container of oil enough for it to boil water, focus the steam through a narrow pipe and hook it up to a generator you can either buy or build that at home.

If you don’t feel like messing around with solar panels, there are a few other ways to harness the sun’s energy passively. Big windows on the sunny side of the building allow the sun to heat the inside walls and help reduce money and power. If you’re choosing a new roof or wall paint, you should consider painting it black, so it absorbs more of the energy.

Advantages

Solar power allows us to have the luxury of technology wherever there is sunlight. they can be used to populate places deep in the mountains and enable us to keep satellites and space stations up in orbit. They can also be used to power cars, drones, and much more as the technology moves forward.

Disadvantages

While the solar technology is without a doubt amazing and the future, there are a few problems worth pointing out. The biggest one we notice right away is that solar panels don’t work during the night, which means we can only run solar panels on average for half of the time we can run other energy sources. Other problems we face are the cost and the amount of area needed to cover to gain a significant amount of energy.

Even with the drawbacks, nations have been heavily investing in solar energy. Japan, Germany and the United States are currently the leading countries using solar power to cover a part of their energy requirements.

With solar energy getting cheaper, easier to use and more available it’s only a matter of time before solar becomes a primary way of collecting energy. Solar roof panels can bring their money back in less than ten years and require minimal maintenance once set.

For more information contact Ranger Roofing of Oklahoma today!

 
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