The Application of Photovoltaics
Photovoltaic technology—or the use of solar energy to generate electricity—is one of the best breakthroughs in the field of power generation. Since the photovoltaic effect was discovered by A.E. Becquerel in 1839, the technology has proven to be reliable, cost-efficient, clean, and renewable. The benefits of solar power technology dramatically outweigh the disadvantages involved with the use of photovoltaic systems.
There are a good number of applications for photovoltaic technology, including the following:
Photovoltaics for the Home
One of the places that will greatly benefit from photovoltaic systems is the home. Installing a solar power system in your home to augment your electrical supply will not be only cost-efficient, but will be a great step toward minimizing your carbon footprint and dependence on pollution-emitting technologies. Finding a small and affordable solar power system for your home is very easy, and they make for a quick and easy installation. Even the White House has installed its very own photovoltaic system to show Americans how cost-efficient and environment-friendly a solar-powered house is.
Photovoltaics for Business
Cutting overhead costs in order to maximize profits is a major goal for many companies. One of the biggest cost chunks in the overhead is electricity and power, which could be dramatically reduced by installing photovoltaic solar panels. Not only will your profits be maximized, but you can also reduce your business’ carbon footprint, enjoy energy independence, and save more money on equipment maintenance. Plus, taking steps to show that you care for the environment make for a good corporate social responsibility campaign!
Photovoltaics for the City
As of 2010, there are nearly 30 “megacities” in the world—these cities are not exactly the richest or the most advanced in the world, but they boast of over 10 million residents. The amount of homes and businesses in such cities is overwhelming—as are the electricity demands of the residents and workers in the city. There are many benefits of using solar power-generated electricity in the city: environmental, social, and economic.
Solar power does not need fuel in order to generate electricity, which means that there is no trace of waste or pollution emitted during the generation process. This also means that the sustainability of the city can be significantly improved by using photovoltaic technology. Solar panels can also be mounted on roofs, the sides of buildings, or basically any place where the panels can collect sunlight, without impact on the use of land or the ecology of certain city areas.
Photovoltaics can also increase employment in the city, and add to the business opportunities in the area. Investing in photovoltaic systems might feel like it is costly in the beginning, but would be a worthwhile investment for both individuals and businesses in the long run.
Photovoltaics in Sport
Applying the technology of photovoltaics in the world of sport is not a quick leap, but rest assured that clean and sustainable energy is being embraced by this field. In recent times we’ve seen the emergence of Solar Power Chargers for uses in sport and everyday life. These items are a clever way to extend the life of popular items such as smartphones, GPS equipment and any battery operated chargeable item. By simply using the sun you can effectively charge any of these devices. These items could prove to be essential emergency backups especially when hiking.
Many new stadiums—especially those ones built for much awaited sporting events such as the Summer Olympics and the FIFA World Cup—are using photovoltaic technology to power the whole structure. Aside from dramatically reducing the operating costs of the stadiums, the move toward more sustainable and renewable energies in the world of sports is adding another integral value to its credo: the conscious use of clean energy for a better future.