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Solar Panel Basics - What Solar Panels Are Made Of

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Though just about everyone has heard of solar panels by now, not everyone knows what these interesting pieces of technology are actually made of. Beyond a simple comprehension of what the panels do, people are largely unaware of just how intricate they

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Alan Lambert (91)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 5:48 am
Though just about everyone has heard of solar panels by now, not everyone knows what these interesting pieces of technology are actually made of. Beyond a simple comprehension of what the panels do, people are largely unaware of just how intricate they are and how advanced the technology behind them really is.

Most individuals are fine with just knowing that the panels are made of a special material thatís able to absorb and use the power of the sun, even storing it for use during periods when the sun isnít shining, such as cloudy days and, of course, at night. But if you really want to know more about solar panels and the materials that are used to construct them, read on to learn more.

The Materials that Make Up Solar Panels: Silicon and Silver
Solar panels are made from a combination of two elements. These are silicon and silver.

Every solar panel is actually composed of many individual solar cells. The cells themselves are nothing more than pieces of silicon. Thankfully, silicon is highly abundant in the environment, so environmentalists can rest easy knowing that the Earth isnít being depleted of this important element. Silicon in the solar cells is able to absorb the energy from the sun and actually convert that energy into electron energy.

Once the electrons begin flowing between the layers of silicon, itís up to the conductor within the solar panel to actually utilise the energy thatís been generated. Silver happens to be the element thatís most widely used in solar panels because almost all of the energy thatís generated from the solar rays which hit the cells can actually be used. This results in less waste in terms of heat and energy.

The Anatomy of a Solar Panel
By connecting multiple solar cells to one another, more electricity and higher amounts of voltage are created. Once these are all connected together, they form a solar panel. Facing these panels at the proper angle with the least amount of shade and the most amount of sun will guarantee that the most electricity possible is generated. Once theyíre placed on a building, theyíre usually installed facing southward, and theyíre usually set up so that thereís an ample amount of space between the roof of the building and the panels themselves. This configuration will prevent all of the heat thatís generated from becoming trapped and potentially hazardous. The more panels that are installed, the more electricity is generated from them.

More Complicated Than It Seems
While this very basic description of solar panels may make them seem like simple structures, they really are very complex. In fact, engineers and scientists have to work extremely hard at making sure that the right materials are used in the right concentrations to make the solar panels work as effectively as possible. This is why solar panels are so expensive, as there has been a lot of research and hard work put into their design and manufacture. However, theyíre more than worth it for the money youíll save on your energy bill each month.

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Alan Lambert (91)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 5:50 am
I actually didn't know most of this, thanks 4 the post Cher...

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 6:00 am
very interesting and informative post, thanks Cher ♥

S S (0)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 10:56 am
Thank you.

Donna G (42)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 12:58 pm
I wasn't aware that solar panels could store energy. I have a friend who has solar panels on his roof; but, he had to get a storage batter installed in his garage so that the energy collected by the panels could have some place to stay until it was needed.

Jane H (139)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 2:12 pm
Thank you! Solar panels need all the advertisement they can get!! They're Ggrreeat!

Birgit W (160)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 3:54 pm
Thanks for the info.

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 6:10 pm
Very interesting, thanks for the information. :)

Colleen L (3)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 10:13 pm
Interesting information. Thanks Cher

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 11:21 pm
Thank you!

Jason Topps (9)
Friday June 14, 2013, 1:54 am
Really interesting item, often wondered what the science behind them was.

Carol H (229)
Friday June 14, 2013, 4:15 am
noted, thanks Cher, interesting post

Sam E M (0)
Friday June 14, 2013, 4:43 am
I'll remember that: silicon and silver. Thanks, Cher. :)

Gary L (138)
Friday June 14, 2013, 10:07 am
thanks when I build my new home I intend to install solar so that I can remove myself from the grid

Farah Hage Ali (152)
Friday June 14, 2013, 12:29 pm
noted, thank you for sharing

Friday June 14, 2013, 10:48 pm
N & S. Thanks Cher

Tyron Sheppard (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 8:15 pm
Nice to add a little more to my knowledge of solar energy. Now off to research some stuff about silicon and silver. Thanks

Klaus Peters (14)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 1:01 pm
Learned a little, but I must admit that I am happy with my excisting solar system. It is paying its self off.
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