With solar panels, the most open way to produce electricity yourself is.
Where a number of separate panels are frequently covered by private roofs, our producers generate electricity from enormous areas of attached solar panels or panels on large sheds.
The sun that has shone elsewhere can illuminate your home in this way. We call good energy that.
But what really is solar energy? And how is it working? Is the sustainability of solar energy? You will find the answers to your solar energy questions below.
What is solar energy?
The energy which comes from the sun in the form of heat and light is solar energy.
It is possible to turn this energy into electricity.
Because the sun doesn’t run out, solar energy is a form of renewable energy that can be produced in almost every part of the world as well.
This requires, of course, more than just the sun: solar panels that convert energy into electricity.
How is solar energy functioning?
Solar energy is generated by solar panels consisting of various solar cell layers.
Electrons are set in motion when solar cells receive daylight, creating energy. We call this a reaction to photovoltaics.
The current is converted by a so-called converter from direct current to alternating current, so that it can run into your house via the existing cables.
The inverter also records your solar panels’ total yield. With 15 solar panels, an average household might be self-sufficient.
Therefore, the energy can be used at home, but also to charge the electric vehicle or fed back to the grid.
In addition to solar panels, you can also use a solar boiler at home, which converts heat from the sun into energy, allowing water to be heated, which often happens by means of natural gas.
So you save natural gas with a solar water heater, which makes it an option that is environmentally friendly.
Solar energy applications
1) Solar panels for solar power
In the form of solar panels, the most common application of solar energy is.
The operation of solar panels consists of converting, via silicon cells, the collected light into electrical voltage.
This electrical voltage is then turned into usable power for all forms of household and industrial utilities through an inverter.
Using polycrystalline solar panels or monocrystalline solar panels, most solar panel installers install systems.
For our Belgian weather conditions, poly is the most appropriate. Polycrystalline solar panels are comprised of crisscrossed slices of crystals.
Which yields a considerably higher return in Belgium.
Polycrystalline solar panels are certainly the way to go if you have enough room on hand.
The mono panels are often selected from an aesthetic aspect because they look more beautiful because of their black color.
The silicon is melted and cooled into monocrystalline solar cells.
So that the crystals all lie in the same direction in a balanced way. This makes it look nicely ordered for the mono solar cells.
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2) Solar water heater
The use of solar energy as a drive spring for a solar water heater is also popular. The electromagnetic radiation from the sun is captured by a solar boiler and converted into heat, after which this heat is used for hot water production.
A solar water heater consists of a water heater and a solar collector. On the roof, the solar collector is located.
The collector comprises pipes of copper in which the water is heated. To keep the collector from freezing during the winter months, these pipes contain water and glycol.
In the hot water boiler, the heated water flows through a heat exchanger. In this way, the water is heated in the boiler.
Therefore, the supply of domestic hot water or the heating of a swimming pool or jacuzzi makes it interesting.
3) Solar energy heat pumps
Often, solar energy is used by solar panels to activate heat pumps.
Two solar energy systems are connected by connecting solar panels to a heat pump, and you take even more care of the environment and your wallet!
Many heat pumps use quite a bit of electricity to generate their heat, so it is often advisable to install solar panels.
Just about the ideal way to generate green heat is the combination of a heat pump and solar panels.
The green energy you produce with solar panels can, after all, be used to power the heat pump. The heat pump reduces electricity from the grid to a minimum in this way.
It is also possible to enjoy up to 100 percent renewable energy with some installations with this combination of solar energy.