Rayotec (UK) was established in 1987 and through a network of dealers have installed well over 6,000 solar water heating and solar hot water systems in the UK and Ireland. Rayotec is fully accredited with the major solar power and solar heating industry regulators to handle domestic and commercial solar water heating projects.
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The process of converting light (photons) to electricity (voltage) is called the solar photovoltaic (PV) effect. Photovoltaic solar power cells convert sunlight directly into solar power (electricity).
These solar power cells are commonly used to power everything from calculators, watches and battery chargers to road signs and security alarms.
PV solar power cells are made of semi-conducting materials similar to those used in computer chips. When sunlight is absorbed by these materials, solar energy releases energy from their atoms allowing the electrons to flow through the material to produce solar power (electricity).
There are 4 main components in most solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
The basic PV building block is the photovoltaic cell. Referred to as a "cell", because it produces direct current (DC) electricity like a battery, a PV cell converts energy from the sun directly into solar power. In practical applications of photovoltaic energy, groups of cells are unified to form a module (modules may be connected into an array).
Photovoltaic PV systems can be designed to sell any surplus energy back to electricity grid rather than store the energy. This overcomes many of the shortcomings of using batteries; including high cost, storage, limited useful lifespan and environmentally unfriendly components.
In some remote areas, however, there may be no connection to the grid available making the use of batteries a necessity.