Solar energy is a common term and we all know it. What is it? It is simply the energy produced by the sunlight – also known as electromagnetic radiation released by the sun.
Every location on earth receives a certain amount of sunlight throughout the year. But, the radiation that any particular spot on the earth’s surface receives can vary from one to the other.
The work of a solar technologist is to capture the radiation in its full potential and turn the same into a useful form of power supply. And this conversion from radiation to usable energy happens through photovoltaic panels that concentrate the radiation.
This concentrated energy is used for generating regular supply of electricity, is stored in batteries and inverters, or used in thermal storages.
Let’s get to know the basics of a few important solar power equipments.