How We Turn Solar Energy Into Electricity

Solar panels are becoming cheaper and more efficient. So how exactly do they work?

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Cheap solar cells made from shrimp shells
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150218191724.htm
“Researchers have successfully created electricity-generating solar-cells with chemicals found the shells of shrimps and other crustaceans for the first time.”

How Solar Got Cheap
http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=398811199
“All my life, solar power has been the thing that’s coming in the future.”

The History Of Solar
https://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/pdfs/solar_timeline.pdf
“Solar technology isn’t new. Its history spans from the 7th Century B.C. to today.”

Photoelectric effect
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/457841/photoelectric-effect
“Photoelectric effect, phenomenon in which electrically charged particles are released from or within a material when it absorbs electromagnetic radiation.”
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20 thoughts on “How We Turn Solar Energy Into Electricity”

  1. i think nuclear fusion is the way forward, even though we arent even close to making it work. It's just a really cool concept.

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  2. i'm gonna go with solar then wind, biomass and hydroelectric energy as of today. If it is possible to harness Fusion energy then it would be huge breakthrough in production of clean energy.

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  3. Geothermal energy is something Ive been recently interested in, as well as the others to help with reducing the ridiculous energy bills these days. (course where I live geothermal isn't practical to go for since well, there are no steam geysers)

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  5. Thanks. I think both nuclear and solar hold great promise for future electricity generation. Nuclear for large scale and solar for smaller scale. But no doubt more corporate and political will is needed.

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