January 28th, 2014
When we decided to build our own dream home instead of buying one that someone else designed, everyone in my family had a wishlist item. I wanted large, sunny windows, my kids wanted a pool, and my husband wanted a home theater. The home theater didn’t fit into the original home building budget but after living in the house for […]
January 24th, 2014
Mobile data charges can be very costly, and you want to be able to save as much money as possible when it comes to your monthly mobile plan. If you have to make calls that are outside of your local network, this may be something that seems completely impossible to do. With mVoIP services, you will be able to cut […]
January 20th, 2014
Whether your iPhone’s screen is cracked or you damage the case, you may find yourself in need of iPhone replacement parts to restore it to a fully functional condition. The thing to consider when you buy any replacement parts for your iPhone is to be sure that you are buying them for the right generation phone. Although the differences may […]
December 23rd, 2013
If you run a business, you might be too busy to handle all of your typical matters and then have to worry about manning the phones as well. In order to be sure that you are handling your calls and messages in a way that is useful, you can hire a call processing service that is useful in that regard. […]
The Cosmic Course to Solar Technology
When the sun's rays come down to Earth, they arrive as sunlight. In order to harness the light and gain power from the rays of sunlight, we have to be able to capture the light. For many years, our ancestors simply used reflectors as ways of transmitting the light into the interior of buildings, but with technology advancing as much as it is in the world today, this transmitting idea is primitive. Now we can capture the light through a few different methods, and then convert it for more general use.
The most direct way of converting light into energy is through photovoltaics. This method uses solar panels with photovoltaic cells on them. The cells absorb the light as it hits them, convert it to energy, and send it along to the energy unit, from a battery to a power plant.
Concentrated power is another way of converting light to energy. This is done through an indirect method of using reflective surfaces over a large area to send the light to one far smaller place. This concentrated light is converted into heat, which then powers an engine or a thermochemical reaction.
Once the light has been converted into energy, it becomes useful in a lot of different ways. One of its most common uses is through transfer to electricity, providing heat, light, types of transportation, and other forms of electricity to places, sometimes as large as an entire city depending on the source. The energy can also be stored in things like rechargeable batteries or through artificial photosynthesis. This energy is stored to be used at a later time when solar power is unavailable, either at night or during the winter.