Photovoltaics (PV) and photovoltaic cell technology have been around for decades, but with a continuously growing population and the ever-increasing need for alternative sources of power, the world is looking to solar energy for some of its needs. Photovoltaic solar cells are becoming more popular in various fields, and the variety of applications keeps widening. Businesses dealing with these products will benefit from them in the coming years, whether from distribution or internal use.
But what are they? How do they work? This guide will take you through some information covering solar photovoltaic cells basics so that you can decide how to implement them in your business. Read the steps below to determine:
1. What PV cells are
2. How photovoltaic cell technology works
3. Applications for photovoltaic cell manufacturers and customers
Gain some basic knowledge of photovoltaic solar cellsPhotovoltaic cell technology makes use of the sun's energy to produce power; light and heat become captured by the semiconducting material (usually silicon) in the cells, which transform them into an electric current. This current can go into storage or the producer can distribute it to households, businesses or equipment, cutting down on the need for other electricity producers.
Learn about the elements of PV cells and how they workThe more intricate workings of photovoltaic solar cells involve the harnessing of photons from sunlight. When photons hit the cell, which is set up to capture the energy and has a connection to a circuit, electrons become dislodged from the cell and travel across the circuit, which is the essence of electricity.
Science @ NASA and Howstuffworks.com. NASA has diagrams that help convey the information in a simple way, and Howstuffworks has related articles where you can further your knowledge.
Get to know about applications for PV as a photovoltaic cells producer or buyerWhether you want to save money by implementing products in your business or you plan to own or operate a photovoltaic cell manufacturing plant, get to know some of the applications the cells can be used for. Getting an idea for the range of uses - from small optoelectronics photovoltaic cells powering lights and tools to large arrays providing energy for your entire business - will help you realize their full advantage and/or give you insight into what your customers are looking for.
- Considering large-scale implementations of photovoltaic cell technology has a big caveat: though your long-term costs will be lowered due to decreased dependence on buying energy, the initial price is considerable. Make sure your budget can handle the short-term crunch and wait to recover the cost in the future.