First used in 1890, photovoltaic (PV) word has two parts: a “photo” means light, and “volt” which is the unit of measurement named for Alessandro Volta who is an innovator in the study of electricity. Combining these two words, you can say that photovoltaic is an electric light.
There are several components that make up a solar photovoltaic system. The most common components are PV panels, charge regulators, inverters, cables, mounting hardware, and one or more batteries. These components work to provide electricity from the sun.
PV systems work by converting sunlight into electrical energy using PV cells that are usually made of semiconductor material.
This contrasts with how other systems such as concentrating solar power systems work. The system works by concentrating the sun’s energy using devices such as mirror plates to generate heat used to generate electricity.
PV systems can be used both at home and in business. At home, they can be used in home electrical systems such as lighting, cooling systems, and appliances.
The good news is that modern PV systems can be easily mixed into both houses traditional and non-traditional. For ideal results, you must mount the panels to the south-facing wall or roof.
When it comes to business, the system can be used in almost any structure for commercial buildings. For example, you can find a system that is used outdoors to provide security lighting. The system can also be used in parking lots and bus shelters.