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How solar panel (PV) systems work

Solar panel electricity systems are also known as solar photovoltaics (PV).  These capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic cells - these are the panels that you will have seen on other people roofs. There are three main components required for the system to function correctly. The solar panels - these capture the light energy from the sun and convert it to DC (Direct Current) electricity. The inverter - this converts the DC power into AC (Alternating Current) power that can be used in the household or sold back to the national grid. The sun! - Obviously you need the energy from the sun to make the panels work.  But it may surprise you to learn that these cells don't need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate electricity on cloudy days.  Maybe even more surprisingly temperatures above room temperature can reduce the efficiency of PV Solar panels, making the UK a good location to utilise PV technology.

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KINGMOOR PARK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, CARLISLE, CA6 4BX
© 2018

How solar panel (PV) systems work

Solar panel electricity systems are also known as solar photovoltaics (PV).  These capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic cells - these are the panels that you will have seen on other people roofs. There are three main components required for the system to function correctly. The solar panels - these capture the light energy from the sun and convert it to DC (Direct Current) electricity. The inverter - this converts the DC power into AC (Alternating Current) power that can be used in the household or sold back to the national grid. The sun! - Obviously you need the energy from the sun to make the panels work.  But it may surprise you to learn that these cells don't need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate electricity on cloudy days.  Maybe even more surprisingly temperatures above room temperature can reduce the efficiency of PV Solar panels, making the UK a good location to utilise PV technology.

01228 711 573

KINGMOOR PARK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, CARLISLE, CA6 4BX

01228 674 935

 01228 674 935

 01228 674 935

01228 711 573