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How it works

- Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly usingconcentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into electric current using the photoelectric effect.[1[[|]]]
Commercial concentrated solar power plants were first developed in the 1980s. The 354 MW SEGS CSP installation is the largest solar power plant in the world, located in the Mojave Desert of California. Other large CSP plants include the Solnova Solar Power Station (150 MW) and the Andasol solar power station (150 MW), both in Spain. The 200 MW Golmud Solar Park in China, is the world’s largestphotovoltaic plant.


- How exactly does solar energy work? Solar panels need a specific location to be placed.
This site needs to be where the panels can get an abundant number of sun. Then
they get the panels from the manufacture and install them. Inside these panels there are photovoltaic (PV) cells.
When sunlight (photons) strike the PV cell, somephotons pass right through,some are reflected and the other photons are absorbed. The absorbed photons hitelectrons and make them lose their place around the nucleus of the atom.The electrons then cross a barrier that’s located inside the panels.

Advantages & Disadvantages

- Advantages: is free, needs no fuel, and produces no waste or pollution. Can be used in other countries when they don't have much electricity.
Finally, it can reduce bills significantly.
Disadvantages: Does not work at night. Can get very expensive to build stations for the pads.
Can be unreliable if you are not in a sunny area.


- How does solar energy positively/negatively effect the environment?
A positive effect of soar energy is that it is renewable and doesn't come from things like burning fossil fuels. This makes it emit zero toxins and is available to everyone. So solar energy is really good with not putting any other bad stuff out in the air or running us out of our resources. A negative effect though is that it is so small that to provide a large amount of energy a large area full of panels and stuff for solar energy is required. This wipes out a lot of animal habitats and environmental places. However this is easily worked around because people can just choose where they build. However this is hard because of how large the area usually needs to be.

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Diagram of a solar panel. (Creative commons)
Solar Panels
- Solar panels work by silicon. When it is stripped of all impurities, it has a neutral charge. So 2 plates of silicon don't just generate electricity by themselves, but to make solar panels effective the silicon is chemically combined with a substance that does have a positive or negative charge. Something like phosphorus. It has 5 electrons, so if it was combined with silicon they would have a stable 8 electrons, so this silicon/phosphorus plate would be negatively charged. So now you still need a negative charge, to do this you could combine phosphorus with boron, which would be a positive charge, and then just combine the plates together. So how is this solar? It's not yet, but with these plates together you can take that aspect into it. Sunlight sends out a lot of different particles of energy. The one that works best on solar panels is a photon. When the negative plates of a solar panel, (the silicon/phosphorus) is pointed towards the sun, then the photons bombard the atoms of the silicon/phosphorus plate. There is a 9th electron on with the other 8 on this plate, so when the photons hit that plate then this 9th electron comes of and is drawn toward the silicon/boron plate since that one has a positive charge and this one is negative. As the suns photons continually break these electrons off, energy is generated. The energy generated by one solar cell isn't so great, but all the ones together combined on the plates, provides enough electricity to power a lot of electronics.

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Cool Solar Creations
- A solar vehicle is an electric vehicle powered completely or significantly by direct solar energy. Usually, photovoltaic(PV) cells contained in solar panels convert the sun's energy directly into electric energy. The term "solar vehicle" usually implies that solar energy is used to power all or part of a vehicle's propulsion. Solar power may be also used to provide power for communications or controls or other auxiliary functions.
Solar vehicles are not sold as practical day-to-day transportation devices at present, but are primarily demonstration vehicles and engineering exercises, often sponsored by government agencies. However, indirectly solar-charged vehicles are widespread and solar boats are available commercially.

Solar Car

- A solar cooker, or solar oven, is a device which uses the energy of sunlight to heat food or drink to cook it or sterilize it.High-tech versions, for example electric ovens powered by solar cells, are possible, and have some advantages such as being able to work in diffuse light. However at present they are very unusual because they are expensive. The vast majority of the solar cookers presently in use are relatively cheap, low-tech devices. Because they use no fuel and cost nothing to operate, many nonprofit organizations are promoting their use worldwide to help reduce fuel costs for low-income people, reduce air pollution and slow deforestation and desertification, caused by use of firewood for cooking. Solar cooking is a form of outdoor cooking and is often used in situations where minimal fuel consumption is important, or the danger of accidental fires is high.

Random Facts
Facts about solar energy:
· Solar energy is a renewable resource (it may go away at night, but we will always have it.)
· Solar energy will not pollute our air with carbon dioxide and other harmful greenhouse gases and bad emissions.
· Solar energy can be used to heat water, dry clothes, heat swimming pools, power attic fans, power small appliances, produce light for both indoors and outdoors, and even to power cars, among other things.
· You need a relatively large area to install solar panels if you want a good level of efficiency.
· Depending where you live (Arizona vs. Alaska, around many shady trees or in the desert, etc.), you will get different results with solar energy systems.
· Once you install the products, they can be very inexpensive to run. In fact, energy from the sun is free.
· To run a solar energy system, you do not even need to connect to a gas or power grid.
· You can install solar energy in remote locations.
· If there is a power outage, you can still have electricity!
· As your energy needs grow, you can add more solar panels
· Solar panels operate silently.
· Solar energy systems require very little maintenance and will last for a long time.