Adelaide Solar Company Explains How Solar Works

Did you know that you can save on at least $15000 on switching to solar energy, even though manufacturing costs are high? Well, in order to know how that is possible, you need to know how do solar panels work.

Thoroughtec Solar and Electrical know that we all are making efforts to go green by switching to renewable sources of energy for electricity supply. Due to its enormous potential, South Australians are massively investing in solar energy.

So, how do we really tap solar power in South Australia?

It can be done directly, indirectly or by using hybrid methods. Here, we will discuss the most common technology: solar panels (direct tapping of solar energy). You need to know about two things here: photovoltaic effect and solar cells.

The photovoltaic effect refers to the process of converting photons into voltage. In other words, it converts light into electricity.

Solar cells are made of silicon and crystal that generate electricity using the above-mentioned photovoltaic effect.

Multiple solar cells are combined to form a solar panel. To supply electricity to one house, multiple solar panels are required on the roof.

How do Adelaide Solar Panels Work for your Home?

Solar panels receive sunlight and convert it into electricity. They produce direct current (DC). This is converted into alternating current (AC) by a solar inverter to electrify your house.





The Functioning of Solar Panels

Let’s take a look into its functioning:

  • Sunlight contains millions of particles which are known as photons. Along with that, the sun also generates heat, causing humidity.
  • The glass layer of the solar panel absorbs maximum light, also preventing other substances and particles from entering the solar cells.
  • The insulative layer and protective back sheet prevent heat and humidity from entering the solar cells, letting the photons enter the cells.
  • The photons hit the top layer of the cells, which is negatively charged.
  • The electrons are energized due to these photons and start moving in one direction.
  • The flow of electrons creates a direct current, which passes through the metallic wires connected to the panel.
  • The panels are connected to the solar inverter which converts the DC into AC.
  • AC electrifies the house.
  • From here, the electrons flow back to the P-type layer of the solar cells.

The lifespan of a Solar Power Panels

Each solar cell can last for 25-30 years. They degrade faster in areas where climate conditions are extreme. 

However, they can be recycled and reused again. There are plants that break down the materials used to make solar panels and make them ready for use in the same industry.


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