It has become the call of the hour for us to get up and take notice of the changing global environment in terms of the natural resources and depleting sources of energy.
We must understand and take the necessary steps to correct the situation as soon as possible. We cannot change or curb the development of the world that it is today.
What we can do, is to control the use of resources or channelize them in a way that they benefit us.
One such example of converting natural resources into mining energy is solar energy or solar power.
Solar power is derived from the direct source of sunlight that we receive. It is a never-ending and non-depleting source of energy.
How we can use it to our advantage not only at an industrial or corporate level but also at our homes.
Let us first understand what solar energy is and how it is extracted for use.
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Solar energy and the process of derivation
Solar energy is derived from man-made solar panels that work to convert the direct sunlight we receive to renewable energy sources.
Solar panels are made up of small clusters of solar cells. They work to absorb sunlight and solar radiation to convert them to electricity.
Each cell generates a small amount of power when it works individually. Many clusters of cells are connected by a train of electrical wires which enable them to produce a substantial amount of power.
Each unit of these cells produces somewhere between 10 to 350 watts of power. The units are connected to a battery source that stores this energy and is made available as and when it is required.
They can be designed as a brand-new system or be connected as an alternative source of electricity to your existing power network in an office or your home.
These solar cell panels are not only modular but also scalable as per your use. Due to this, they are easy to use and implement in a home environment with not too many structural changes.
They can be mounted on the roof of your house quite easily since that is the one space that receives a maximum amount of sunlight.
When homeowners decide to go the solar way, they have to first analyze the demographics of their home and climate changes.
How much sunlight does your home receive daily and how many hours does the sunlight last for?
Are you in a region that receives adequate sunlight to produce the amount of power in proportion to your usage on any particular day?
Your solar power partner may be able to do that analysis for you and give you the best solution.
The more power in the system that it is installed, the more electricity you have at your disposal.
Solar systems are more effective with geographies that are closer to the equator and tropical regions that receive a constant stream of sunlight all year round.
Let us look at some solar appliances that you can use at home.
Home Solar uses
Everyone uses phones, tablets, laptops and other battery-operated gadgets in today’s day and age.
Every time you charge these devices; you use some amount f electricity. It might be a small number of watts to you, but imagine the global level at which the energy is being consumed by just using these devices.
Using solar chargers helps in reducing the use of electricity to a great extent and is an efficient way to manage your power consumption as well.
It, in turn, becomes a very economical solution and reflects well on your bills as well.
Solar Indoor lights
During the day, we rarely need to put on the lights in the house, unless it becomes too dark.
Solar lights can be a great option if you can use them at night by powering them through the solar power that gets generated during the day.
Due to the direct sunlight during the day, the solar panels keep generating electricity and storing it aside in the battery units.
The same battery units supply that power to lighting up your house at night. It also helps in saving energy at a great level and power bills will start plummeting; making it an effective solution to work with.
Solar water heaters
We all love or hot water baths or tub baths right in the morning. It is a great way to ward off stress.
In the process of warding off our stress, we put stress on the electricity consumption of our home.
The easiest way to counter the power consumption is solar water heaters. Solar water heaters derive heat from the solar panels that create electricity and heat water with that.
Ironically, you are converting heat to electricity and back to heat itself. Water heaters can be installed at rooftops with a glass enclosure as well with directly fitted solar panels on their surface if you don’t want a full-fledged solar panel system.
It will work similarly and keep water warm and ready to use.
Solar cookers & ovens
Cookers, ovens and other cooking devices use a maximum amount of power to cook your food because they use a lot of electricity to heat and subsequently cook the food that we eat.
Differently angles solar panels on the cookers and ovens help them retain heat in the form of electricity in a battery.
When required, that electricity can be used to heat the food or trigger up an oven for roasting or baking.
It is an excellent and very efficient way to use your daily kitchen appliances.
In turn, your power consumption is less and your electricity bill doesn’t bore a hole in your pocket.
Switching to a new and innovated source of electricity can be overwhelming at first, but when we carefully analyze the benefits, it becomes a great solution.
It not only efficiently handles our economic situation but also is a great added advantage to the environment; which of course is the call of the hour.
WAAREE Energies Ltd
Mr. Sunil Rathi is an assiduous, inquisitively power electronics engineer with an exceptional Sales and Marketing knowledge backed by a degree of MBA. He has a robust record of expertise acquired over 24 years in Solar EPC Companies and Power Electronics Industry. His proven strategic vision facilitated in firmly establishment of the brand and himself as a stalwart in the solar industry.