Solar energy is electricity that is produced by the sun’s radiation. It has been used in various different traditional technologies for centuries, and as of recently has come into incredibly widespread use where other power supplies are absent, such as in remote locations and in space, for instance. It’s also a valuable alternative for getting power to life saving equipment in case of a power grid failure.
Since the 1950’s, harnessing the sun’s rays has been developing and today the solar cell technology has achieved very efficient levels that modern (so-called green house) designs apply the sun’s power to provide energy for the home.
Solar Energy Uses
There are various solar energy uses, with one of the most popular being solar lighting. Solar lighting works by retrieving the radiation that is produced from the sun during the day, storing it, and then using it to produce light once the sun has gone down. It is an incredibly cost-effective and resourceful means of lighting, and can be very useful in case of electrical power disruptions. A pretty small solar panel can power emergency lighting in your dwelling.
Another of the most popular solar energy uses involves solar electricity. This solar electricity is produced by solar cells, which are devices or banks of devices that use the photovoltaic effect of semiconductors in order to generate electricity directly from sunlight. This energy can then be used to power small electrical appliances or recharging personal device batteries.
Whether you’re in need of some extra power to call for a rescue or you just want to post a picture of a gorgeous view, we believe you should be able to harness the power of the sun. From the dashboard to your backpack, the QuadraPro Solar Power Bank is convenient to attach in the ideal sunny spot. And with a built-in power bank, it offers a compact design that can travel anywhere.
Solar cooking is another of the common solar energy uses, and how this process works is that a solar box cooker is used to trap the sun’s energy in an insulated box. Solar cooking is incredibly popular around the world as it is an extremely simple and cost-effective resource for cooking, and solar cooking is even helping many developing countries, resulting in reducing both the demands for local firewood and maintaining a cleaner breathing environment for the community.
There are many other solar energy uses as well, and one is just important as the next. I particularly like the idea of having a solar energy backup system in case of a grid down scenario. As long as I’ve got sunlight, I will be able to power my emergency radios and other devices. I’ve got a little portable 13W solar panel for doing exactly this.
When things run smoothly, we enjoy a comfortable and convenient life. But if something happens to disrupt that grid, then what we depended on will come crashing down. When you depend on anything else but your own resources, you can’t count on it always being there for you. That’s why you always need to find a way to live off the grid.
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