As the global population continues to grow, new sources of energy are being sought with increasing vigor. The advent of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-19th century promoted heightened use of fossil fuels and other hydrocarbons (compounds composed essentially of hydrogen and carbon) such as liquid natural gas to propel automobiles and other heavy machinery responsible for driving mankind into the modern era. These compounds continue to work properly to this day, but growing bodies of thought indicate that the drawbacks inherent in their use seem to warrant seeking other, renewable forms of energy to supplement or perhaps eventually replace fossil fuels.
The sun isn’t going anywhere soon, and it’s constantly emitting energy from its rays – that’s why they started taking advantage of it. Scientists and engineers have managed to develop photovoltaic cells, batteries which which are capable of converting naturally occurring energy provided by the sun and converting it into stored energy. You’ve probably noticed by now that solar panels are becoming more prominent. Once established in a location where they are open to sunlight, these panels become energy capturing and storing devices which require little maintenance.
What is Solar Energy Commonly Used For?
- Solar technology is often used to power cars. Hybrid cars and fully electric vehicles are charged by power stations, which can be supplied with electricity via technology which obtains electricity from solar energy-capture technology
- Heat is easily produced by many forms of energy, so it’s not a stretch to consider solar power capable of producing heat. Generated heat can be used to heat just about anything, including homes and pools.
- Solar energy can be used to power gadgets such as generators, HVAC systems, speakers, dryers, vans/ventilation etc. There are solar-powered chargers for devices such as smartphones.
Entire homes are being powered by solar technology. Once solar panels capture photons from the sun’s rays, they produce direct current (DC), which can be converted into alternating current (AC). This is the energy which we use throughout our homes to power all of our modern conveniences. Enough energy every year is collected from the sun to power millions of homes.
Solar-derived energy is very clean and is becoming increasingly cost-effective as technological progress continues. Legislature which will further promote the use of such renewable energy sources is in the process of being enacted and will likely result in solar technology becoming a more commonplace innovation.