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What is renewable energy

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Renewable Energy from Solar Power

Solar energy refers to the utilisation of renewable energy from the Sun. Solar energy can be converted into other forms of energy, such as heat and electricity.

Benefits of Solar energy:

  • Generate electricity which is clean, green and renewable from Photovoltaic cells

    Using solar-thermal panels instead of Photovoltaic cells water or air can be heated for domestic hot water and space heating needs

    Using solar chimneys air can be heated or cooled

    Solar panels are an idea source of renewable energy that is pollution free

  • Solar panels produces electricity quietly unlike the energy produced from the use of fossil fuels and some renewable fuels

    Solar energy enables electricity to be produced in remote locations that are not linked to a national grid

    The use of solar energy to produce electricity allows the user to become less dependent on the worlds fossil fuel supplies and reduces their carbon footprint


How do Photovoltaic Cells work?

Photovoltaic systems use cells to convert sunlight into electricity. The PV cell consists of one or two layers of a semi conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers causing electricity to flow. The greater the intensity of light, the greater the flow of electricity.


Disadvantages of Solar Power

The major disadvantage of solar energy is the initial cost of solar cells. Currently, prices of highly efficient solar cell arrays can be above £10,000 (US $20,000) and some households may need many more panels. This makes the initial installation of solar panels very costly.

Solar energy is only able to generate electricity during daylight hours. This means for around half of each day, solar panels are not producing energy for your home. The weather can affect the efficiency of solar cells. In some cities, pollution levels can affect the solar cells performance and efficiency. This would be a major setback for businesses or industry wishing to install solar panels in heavily polluted areas.

Irrespective of the disadvantages, Solar energy is still a good source of renewable energy. Prices for panels are continually coming down and technological advances are being made.