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Solar Energy - The Alternative Source of Energy

Aug 18, 2007
The fact is that the cost of energy keeps rising, and alone is forcing people to look the other direction for cheaper alternatives to energy. Solar energy has been one of the alternatives that people have found to have cheaper energy. Solar energy offers one more than one advantage, but it also has its limitations.

Solar energy is controlling the sun to create energy. The sun is a renewable source of energy. It is available to everybody around the world, and through research people have found a way to capture the energy of the sun and put it to use.

To use solar energy, one has to find a way to capture energy. This is where solar panels come in. Solar panels collect the energy of the sun. That energy that is collected may be converted to power or it may be stored and used later.

If you are collecting the sun's energy, it is important that you have a storage unit. The reason being is that the sun is not around on rainy days to produce energy for those that require and depend on it. At night and also on cloudy days, the sun and also its power are not always available. In order to have an effective and efficient energy unit it is important that there is a way that the energy that it collects is stored and not used immediately, but may be used later.

There will definitely be times that you will require a backup source. One needs to have constant energy supplied by the sun if they are dependent on it. Again, it is important to have an energy unit that is able to collect and store energy. This will require when the sun is available but is not strong enough to produce the required amount of energy that is needed by those that depend on it.

A known reason why people use solar energy is to provide heat. The transformation that involves heating is little energy, and this means it is a perfect way to use solar energy. A common use for the energy is for cooling. However, using solar energy for this can be expensive. This method involves phases and changes that consumes the energy and then cools it down.

Another reason people are using solar energy is that it can be converted into electricity. There are many countries that suffer from blackouts, and instead of using a generator they have turned to solar energy. Solar energy can power any electrical device just like electricity.

Photovoltaic cells converts solar energy to electricity. Photovoltaic cells are able to generate 32.3% electricity, and this generation rate is better than the generation of ordinary electricity. The thing is that the technology that is available to allow the generation rate of an average photovoltaic cell is 15%, and this makes its efficiency quite low compared to the way electricity is generated normally.

Technology will improve and the use of solar energy and being used for electricity will be a real idea. Solar energy will soon be playing a major part in the generation of electricity.
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