We are now used to seeing a solar power installation taking place at homes and businesses in our neighbourhoods. Many people believe that solar power is a new technology, but it’s been around for more than 150 years. The technology is now maturing; solar panels are far more efficient, inverters are smaller, and batteries can store more power. So, we thought we would take a little time to show how much things have changed over the years.
The Early History
Going way back into the mists of time, the Roman empire used the power of the sun to heat up their bathhouses with mirrors. However, to see the first real solar devices fitted to homes, you would need to visit London in the 1800s when the first solar water heater was installed on a house. Then in 1839, Alexandre Edmond Becquerel made a breakthrough, he found that certain materials could create electricity when exposed to light.
Some years later William Grylls Adams created the first photovoltaic power source using selenium to generate electricity from a light source. This primitive solar cell has an efficiency of 1-2% and most of the absorbed energy dissipated as heat. The proof of concept had been shown, but it would take many years before there were sufficient breakthroughs in efficiency to make the solar power practicable.
The 1950s and 1960s
The earliest versions of the modern solar panel Mandurah residents see today was first invented in 1954. For the first time, silicon was used to create a more stable power source that could achieve 4% efficiency. The first commercially available solar power cell went on sale in 1955, and it boasted 2% efficiency, and it cost $25. Each power cell could only produce a tiny number of milliwatts, and the price was $1,785 per watt! Of course, this was a tough sell, and this was more of a curiosity for people that had a lot of money to spare. By the 60s the technology had advanced rapidly, and an efficiency of 14% had been achieved by Hoffman Electronics.
The 1970s and 1980s
The oil crisis and the environmentalist movement created a great deal of interest in funding and research for solar power. A regulatory framework was established for solar interconnections, and this helped to create a solar industry. Eventually, these regulations coalesced into the incentives and tax breaks that we see in solar power projects today.
The 1990s and 2000s
This is the period when solar technology finally became efficient enough to be a viable option for home use. At the beginning of the 90s, an efficiency of 30% had been achieved with a cell that was intended for space. The domestic solar panel continued to be developed, and approximately 1,000 Mw of solar infrastructure was in place by the end of 1999. In 2000, the first modern inverter came on the market to convert DC to AC, and this opened the doors for mass residential solar power. Only two years later solar panels were on sale in DIY stores all over the world.
3 Things to Check to Avoid Unexpected Solar Power Repairs
A solar power system doesn’t have any moving parts, and it will not require a great deal of maintenance to keep it running efficiently. Of course, if you want to avoid unexpected solar panel repairs, it’s a great idea to protect your investment and get some regular professional maintenance. Caring for a solar power system isn’t too difficult, but if you’re not technically minded and/or you don’t like heights, it isn’t recommended that you attempt this type of work yourself. Let’s take a closer look at three things that you need to check to avoid unexpected solar power repairs.
The solar panels need to be kept clean from dirt and debris if they are going to be efficient. Any obstruction on the surface on the panel will reduce the amount of power that’s generated, and this is money down the drain. Any type of debris, such as dirt, leaves, snow, and dust, needs to be cleared away to allow the solar panel to work as intended by the manufacturer. Don’t attempt to clean these solar panels if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s easy to fall, and this can be fatal even at lower elevations. Some solar panels are mounted lower to the ground, and these can be cleaned with a mop or soft brush that has a long or extendable handle. Be careful if you attempt to clean your solar panels, they can be damaged and if you’re unsure always hire a solar panel professional to clean them for you. People often think the rain will clean the solar panels but this isn’t the case..
Every series of solar panels installed on a roof is held in place on a rack that secured to the roof surface. Fixings need to be established, and these penetrations can be weakened from a variety of sources, such as loosening fixings, corrosion, and environmental damage. Roof drainage issues can also create a significant problem; the water could enter the penetration and create structural weaknesses. For these reasons it’s a good idea to periodically inspect the solar panel rack and the points where it’s fixed to the roof. This will help to catch any minor issues earlier and avoid the roof rack sliding free of the roof and causing significant amounts of damage.
A modern solar panel contains thin silicon wafers that are protected by a durable sheet of tempered glass. This glass panel is rated to withstand a considerable amount of punishment, and it can survive most storms. However, this glass sheet isn’t invulnerable to damage and fallen tree branches or flying debris can break the surface. When the solar panel glass is broken the efficiency is compromised, and it’s important to get the glass replaced. In some solar systems the energy output ceases as soon as a panel is broken and in others, the power output will continue albeit at a reduced level. The repair must be carried out by a professional solar power repair technician, and the new panel will need to be carefully integrated into the existing system.
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