Back in the day, solar-powered calculators were ‘the next big thing’. Little did people know it was a just a small part of something much greater, made possible by the utilisation of solar energy.
On a grander scale, solar energy is widely used in different industries all over the world. Both residential and commercial establishments are using solar energy for power and heating purposes.
In order to understand how solar energy works, it is best to look into how energy from the sun is converted to power. The power converted into electricity is known as photovoltaic (PV) solar energy.
How does photovoltaic solar energy work?
Houses and establishments can easily monitor solar PV through remote monitoring systems. But how does it work?
Solar panels installed in the rooftops absorb energy from the sun. This energy is converted into electricity by removing atoms from electron particles. Solar panels are composed of small and numerous photovoltaic cells. Photovoltaic means the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity. When these cells are linked together, a solar panel is produced.
How can it be operated?
There are various ways to operate solar panels. Regular and manual checking of machines is done by authorised bodies. However, in rural areas where distance and communication is a problem, this method can be quite challenging.
To make things more convenient, solar panel manufacturers have utilised technological advancements for more efficient management. Nowadays, solar panels can be operated and maintained with the use of online technology. This is done by improving communication lines. Employing Ethernet, GSM and GPRS in various solar panel systems have made operation and maintenance much easier.
The rising presence of solar panels as an alternative energy source will continue to grow as more and more industries recognise its importance, and as the industry itself becomes more competitive. Knowing more about it is a good start.