How solar works
The sun is the source of life on earth.
Inverters, batteries, panels, it all sounds like solar, but what does each element actually do in the solar process from sun to your bedroom lights? Below is our simple guide to understanding the 3 main components of the Solar system.
Panels harness the sun’s energy, working in conjunction with inverters.
Solar energy is produced through photovoltaic transformation when sunlight strikes solar panels, turning it into usable electricity. This photovoltaic transformation is the way solar energy is generated. When sunlight strikes the thin layer of silicon on the top of a solar panel, it knocks electrons off the silicon atoms. Electrons are negatively charged, which means they are attracted to one side of the silicon cell. This creates an electric current that is captured by the wiring in a solar panel. Clean free energy.
& the Inverter.
Inverters turn energy from solar panels into usable electricity.
Once loose electrons have been collected at individual panels, the resulting current is known as direct current, or DC. The electricity we use to power devices, charge electric vehicles, and turn on our lights is alternating current, or AC. Electricity generated by loose silicon electrons is DC electricity and needs to be converted to AC electricity for before we can use it.
This conversion is done by important devices called inverters. Inverters can be configured as string inverters, microinverters, or power optimizers, but each setup performs the same general function of turning DC electricity to AC electricity. Once the electricity passes through inverters and is changed to AC electricity, it flows to your electric panel and meter. Finally, it can be dispersed throughout your home or into the electric grid.
+ the Battery.
Sometimes referred to as ‘Storage’. When you install a solar battery as part of your solar panel system, you are able to store excess solar electricity at your home instead of sending it back to the grid.
Solar batteries work by storing energy produced by your solar panels and storing it as for later use. In some cases, solar batteries have their own inverter and offer integrated energy conversion. The higher your battery’s capacity, the more solar energy it can store.
If your solar panels are producing more electricity than you need, the excess energy goes towards charging the battery. Later, when your solar panels aren’t producing electricity, you can draw down the energy you stored earlier in your battery for night use.
Panels and an Inverter are what makes up a ‘Solar System’
A solar system produces on average 80% of a typical households needs on any given day.
Panels, an Inverter and a Battery (storage) are what makes up a ‘Solar & Battery System’
The benefit of a full solar & battery system is you can draw stored power from your battery at night or when the light is low. Potentially reducing monthly costs to $zero.
1. Solar Panels
Photovoltaic solar panels absorb sunlight as a source of energy to generate electricity. A photovoltaic (PV) module is a packaged, connected assembly of typically 6×10 photovoltaic solar cells. Photovoltaic modules constitute the photovoltaic array of a photovoltaic system that generates and supplies solar electricity in commercial and residential applications.
2. Solar inverters
A solar inverter then converts DC into AC (Alternate Current) – which then powers your home in real time.
A solar inverter or PV inverter, is a type of electrical converter which converts the variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel into a utility frequency alternating current (AC) that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network. It is a critical balance of system (BOS)–component in a photovoltaic system, allowing the use of ordinary AC-powered equipment.ons.
3. Solar Battery
If you install a solar battery, excess energy is stored here (rather than pushing out to the grid).
Solar batteries work by converting the DC energy being produced by your solar panels and storing it as AC power for later use. In some cases, solar batteries have their own inverter and offer integrated energy conversion. The higher your battery’s capacity, the more solar energy it can store.ns.
4. Digital Meter
Digital meters, sometimes called “smart meters”, are devices that automatically record electricity use, then electronically report that information to the electricity retailer at regular intervals. These meters provide secure data that can show peak usage and isolate outages.
5. Power Grid
This energy is measured and calculated (feed-in tariff) to credit your electricity account. An electrical grid, or electric grid, is an interconnected network for delivering electricity from producers to consumers. It consists of generating stations that produce electrical power, and high voltage transmission lines that carry power from distant sources to the end user.
The sun is the source
of life on Earth.
Now it’s possible to harness the sun’s incredible power by using b.solar’s solar technology to convert sunlight into electricity to power homes.
In Australia, one in seven households have solar power installed. This makes us the world’s leading nation in terms of household solar panel installations. By opting to install a battery alongside b.solar’s solar solutions, Australians can further benefit by storing their excess electricity and use it during the times when the sun isn’t shining.
Solar power works because the solar panels we install on your roof absorb sunlight (photons), before sending it to a high quality inverter, which converts it to AC power, which in turn powers your home.
Read up on the many benefits that solar power delivers.