Knowing what a Solar Panel Diagram is to the novice exploring solar energy is very helpful in understanding literature from various manufacturers. Here, you can expand your basic understanding of some of the important terminology related to solar renewable energy sources.
Terms commonly associated With a Solar Panel Diagram
BTU – British thermal unit – amount of heat required to raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.
Fossil Fuels – also called mineral fuels, hydrocarbon fuels located in the upper parts of the earth’s crust; called “fossil fuels” because it is widely believed that they were formed from the decaying remains of plants and animals that were fossilized over millions of years; generally, burned as sources of energy; considered non-renewable since they cannot be replenished nearly as quickly as they are being used.
Solar Panel Diagram – a diagram that explains how light from the sun is transformed into electricity; Green DIY Energy for an easy-to-understand visual. You will also see how the solar panel diagram is used in an actual system.
Solar Panel – arrangement of photovoltaic cells that captures sunlight for conversion into electrical power; generally, different numbers of panels are linked together, depending on the energy needs of the application.
Photovoltaic Cell – commonly called a solar cell; technically, a device used to capture light from any source for conversion into electricity; named as a combination of the Greek word for “light combined with the word “volt”, named after the Italian physicist Volta, who identified a unit of elecrtro-motive force; “photovoltaics” is the term generally applied to the study of solar energy as an alternative energy source. This cell will be part of a solar panel diagram.
Semiconductor – material that has electrical conductivity halfway between that a true conductor and an insulator, in terms of electrical energy; used in solar cells to capture sunlight and transform it into electrical energy; most common semiconductor – silicon; others commonly used – arsenic, selenium, and tellurium; generally used in this films; form the basis for most modern electronics, such as radios, phones, and computers.
Off Grid – “Grid” refers to the web of traditional electricity utilities; “off grid” refers to the production of alternative energy sources, such as wind or solar resources, that do not rely on fossil fuel driven utilities; if you produce your own home’s electricity with, for example, a wind turbine system, you are “off grid”.
Net Metereing – the process of both having an alternative energy source for your home while also being connected to the traditional electrical grid, enabling you to return unused energy to the utility company for credits or direct payment.
Wind Generator – any of the devices such as wind turbines or windmills used to capture wind as an alternative energy source for conversion into electrical power.
Wind Turbine – a rotary device, commonly thought of as a windmill in early days, used to capture wind for conversion into electrical power; when used to pump water or grind grain or other mechanical applications, usually called a windmill.
Knowing the terminology of a new science can be both interesting and challenging.
Whether it is a semiconductor or a solar panel diagram you are reading about, alternative energy science is opening a whole new world to us.