Solar power systems can be an affordable solution and you must be sure to use the right technology for your plan.
There are two solar power systems that are designed to power your community: the 1st technology that most everyone is familiar with is Photovoltaic, while the second technology is Concentrated Solar Power. When planned and designed properly, these two types of systems can be a green solution for you for decades to come.
Photovoltaic solar power systems are the type that most people are familiar with because they use the silicon based wafer that converts light into electricity. You probably have seen micro-versions on calculators, larger ones now charge batteries for construction signage and in very sunny areas you will see a few on the rooftops of green powered homes.
The 2nd of the solar power systems is the Concentrated Solar Power technology. One version is a tower surrounded by a field of mirrors. The mirrors can be of different design, but their intent is the same – focus the sun’s rays at the top of the tower. The mirrors move all day while tracking the sun. The solar concentrated beams are aimed at a specific spot on the tower.
The tower has a fluid within it that is super-heated via the concentrated light beams. The heated fluid creates steam which runs a turbine generator; thereby, electricity is created and supplied to your grid.
The Photovoltaic solar power systems provide a Direct Current (DC) output and must be changed into Alternating Current (AC) through the use of an inverter. The Concentrated Solar Power systems turn a generator that outputs AC current.
Both solar power systems implement storage techniques for when it's too dark and this is accomplished in various ways too. In order for your municipality to figure out what’s right for your needs, it is crucial to get professional and experienced advice from Engineering experts that have been in the business and can help you determine the feasibility, expense, and ROI.
Whenever you are developing power systems for a community, developing nation or possibly to supply your factory; consider solar power systems and research them.
Jason Smith is a writer-advocate for solar power systems, alternative energy sources, wastewater treatment plants, water purification systems and more engineering topics (click the link to find out more). Smith helps small municipalities and island nations find the right fit for their basic needs in terms of water, electricity and renewable energy.