panel to replace it and the process starting all over again. Simple, effective and easy to build, this is an example of how solar energy is within the reach of all.
Of course, for powering electrical appliances there are conventional solar energy systems that use solar cells as their power source. The increased demand for this technology has seen more efficient solar panels come onto the market and has seen such systems become more competitively priced: coupled with the fact that more national and local governments than ever are providing grants for the adoption of renewable energy, this means that effective and reliable solar power is within the reach of even greater numbers of consumers. It is now even possible for the owners of such small-scale solar systems to sell surplus power back to the grid, providing a small but significant income and allowing them to contribute the national energy supply.
There are also small-scale solar power systems becoming available for leisure use. For those on long trips, trickle chargers are now available so car, caravan, RV and boat batteries can be kept topped up, while extremely lightweight systems are now available that are specifically designed to power laptop computers and similar mobile communications devices. It follows that such technology can also be used by those living in remote areas, allowing them to carry on using electrical appliances in the event of a failure in their normal power supply: a real progression towards energy independence for isolated communities.
With the increasing importance of solar power
in the debate on energy independence and the future of the world’s energy supply, it is vital that as many people as possible are well informed about it and about related methods of generating electricity and energy. Visit www.electricitygeneration.co.uk for more detailed information on this and other forms of conventional and renewable energy and their applications.