Posts Tagged ‘project smat explorer’

Solar Thermal

The Solar Thermal concept to produce energy, not to be confused with the Solar Photovoltaic, is the conversion of sunlight heat into electricity.

The thermodynamic principle at the heart of Solar Thermal facilities is the same across the different types of plant:

Sunlight rays are concentrated to heat fluid containers

High temperature fluid then supplies steam generators

Steam produced drives turbines which generate electricity

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Solar Photovoltaic

The Solar Photovoltaic concept for energy is the conversion of natural and artificial lights into electricity.
The photon, which is the energy vector contained in light rays, while hitting on the solar panel will produce what is called the Photovoltaic effect, a mix of heat and electronic stimulation.
This electronic stimulation will generate a movement of electrons in the solar cell and thus induce direct current electricity.

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