Renewable Solar Power Energy

September 5, 2009 by  

Renewable solar power energy can be captured by solar panels. There are 2 main solar panels which utilize different methods of using the sun’s energy. The first is Solar Water Heating collectors. These panels draw energy from the sun and use it to heat water. The second is photovoltaic, or solar electric panels. These convert the solar radiation directly into electricity.

Utilizing Your Energy Needs With Solar Water Heating

Utilize your energy needs with solar water heatingSolar water heating is the most popular renewable energy used from the sun. This is linked to the hot water system. It can provide over half of a household’s hot water needs over the course of a year. There are 2 kinds of solar water heating aggregators: flat plate and exhausted tubes.

Flat Plate Collectors

Solar water heating panels are produced from a sheet of metal painted black which draws energy from the sun. Water is fed in by the panel in pipes bonded to the metal sheet and calls for the heat in the metal. The pipes typically consist of copper for better conductivity. The metal sheet is integrated in an isolated box and compensated with glass or clear plastic on the front. This system is normally installed on the roof.

Evacuated Tubes

The evacuated tube system is a serial of glass heat tubes sorted together. The tubes are extremely insulated, due to a vacuum in the glass. The optimal size will bet on factual hot water use. This can be monitored utilizing software to simulate system execution throughout the year.

Using Photovoltaic Systems to Power Up Your Home

Solar electric panelsPhotovoltaic (PV) systems use solar electric panels to directly convert the sun’s energy into electricity. The solar electricity fed through electronic equipment is converted to utility grade electricity for use directly in the home. The solar electricity can be used to offset the need for purchased utility electricity or, if the PV electricity exceeds the home’s requirements, the excess electricity can be sent back to the utility, typically for credit. Large PV systems can be combined into buildings to give electricity for export to the National grid.

When installing your panels, you should mount them on a south facing roof at a 30° angle for maximum efficiency. Try to keep them away from any shade caused by trees, buildings or chimneys. By setting them up this way, you will take full advantage of the sun’s energy for your renewable solar power needs.

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