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An introduction to Photovoltaic Systems

News: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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Solar PV converts sunlight into electricity. They work best in direct sunshine but can still generate some electricity on overcast days.

Studies have shown that they work well in the UK if designed and installed with care. However poorly designed systems are likely to suffer breakdowns and low energy yields, both will return the potential yield on investment.

The output from PV system is limited to daylight hours and there are seasonal variations to the output generated, with, obviously, summer months producing more energy through direct strong sunlight and longer periods of exposure.

Some systems are connected to a storage battery, however, in the majority of cases they are connected back into the mains electricity supply.

Grid connection Photovoltaic systems are made up using PV Modules or Solar Panels. These are most commonly Monocrystalline Silicon, with around a 14% efficiency or Polycrystalline Silicon which have slightly less efficiency at around 19%.

Inverters are then used to convert the DC power generating from the PV cells into usable AC power required by most house hold appliances.

Photovoltaic systems can be easily integrated into new build and refurbishment projects without the need for additional structural support. In the majority of cases the PV Modules can be mounted on the roof of the dwelling, whether flat or sloping and in some instances are mounted on vertical walls.

Sadler Energy and Environmental Services Ltd can undertake Renewable Energy Feasibility , in line with you SAP Calculations and Energy Performance Certificates to help you establish which renewable technology is right for you new build project.

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