How Solar Panels Are Like Plants
Having plants in your garden has so many great benefits that you can enjoy. They provide beauty and colour, they produce oxygen, they attract bees and other pollinators, and once they die, they provide the best fertilizer for home gardens. Plants are truly natural little miracles, especially in the way that they
store energy from the sun, just like solar panels. Keep reading to find out how solar panels are like plants.
In a way, solar panels were designed after plant leaves: they gather sunlight and convert the sunlight into energy. While solar panels convert the energy into electricity and plants convert it into chemical energy, the process has some similarities. Let’s take a closer look:
Limitless Energy From The Sun
Sunlight contains little parcels of energy called photons. Both solar cells and plants will absorb these photons, assuming that they are on the correct colour spectrum. This is why conventional solar panels
can only absorb photons from the visible light spectrum and cannot work with UV light.
Once the sunlight hits the solar panels, the energy is transferred from the photons and absorbed into the solar panel material. In plants, this process is known as photosynthesis, while in solar panels, this
process is called known as photovoltaic (which means “energy from light”).
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How Do Solar Panels Work?
Solar panels consist of a positive film of silicon and a negative film of silicon sandwiched inside a thin
glass pane. When the sunlight enters the glass pane, the light “bounces” against the silicone films and
“knocks” the electrons, causing them to become “excited”.
Once the electrons are excited, they are moved rapidly into either a circuit to be used for power or
stored into a battery for storage.
There are modern solar panels that function in the same way as photosynthesis. Once the electrons are
excited, the solar panels then direct them into a dye molecule array, which collects the electrons
without losing the stored energy. This removes the need for secondary battery storage as well as keeps
the energy levels in the electrons stable. These solar panels contain dye-sensitized cells, and they are more commonly used in commercial applications since they are more expensive than conventional solar
Green energy such as solar is the energy of the future because it is free from greenhouse gas emissions,
cheap to produce, and virtually limitless. Whether you are working with solar energy, wind energy from
turbines, or hydroelectric energy from dams, the source is sustainable and does not contribute any
pollution to the environment. In the past, green energy was considered to be too expensive for mass use. However, with advancements in technology and engineering, solar energy has become cheap, efficient, and ready for residential buildings. In fact, you can even see solar panels in personal gadgets like power banks!
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