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Sun through the Centuries: The History of Solar

Solar technology isn’t new. Humans have been trying to harness this energy into a usable source of power since ancient times. Its history spans from the seventh century B.C. to today. Thousands of years ago, harnessing the sun’s energy began by concentrating the sun’s heat with glass and mirrors to light fires. Now, we have everything from solar-powered cars to solar-powered airplanes.As the solar industry continues to take shape throughout... Read More

Solar Power Forecasting: Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Production Estimates

Solar energy represents a vast, renewable resource that can be tapped to meet society’s growing demand for electrical energy. Everyone knows that solar can help the planet; many know it can also save money in the long run, but in either case, the question that often comes up is: “how much?” The amount of PV energy a solar array produces can help to answer this question. Solar power forecasting involves knowledge of the sun´s path, the atmosphere’s... Read More

Solar Concentrated Photovoltaic Electricity (CPV)

What is Solar Concentrated Photovoltaic Electricity?Concentrated Photovoltaic technology uses optics to focus large amounts of sunlight onto small photovoltaic surfaces with the help of an optical device to generate electricity more efficiently than traditional PV.  By concentrating sunlight onto a small area, this technology has three competitive advantages:•Requires less photovoltaic material to capture the same sunlight as non-concentrating... Read More