Solar Power Industries Grow With Clean Air Demands

The search for alternative methods of producing electricity has spawned numerous opportunities in the energy fields. The growth of solar power industries has seen a rapid surge in the recent past, as more residential and commercial users are seeking ways of saving money and reducing reliance on generation equipment using fossil fuels. Many point to the alleged threat of global warming as the need to find a more efficient means of producing electricity.

There are different aspects of solar power industries at work devising cheaper and more efficient means of using the sun's power. Smaller, more efficient silicon chips used in the solar panels, as well as more efficient longer-lasting batteries, all are seeking better designs to make producing electricity more efficient and environmentally friendly.

The core of the battle for cheap power has always been the low cost availability of fossil fuels to fire power generating equipment. As the sun's thermal characteristics are explored, solar power industries are finding that, by focusing the sun's rays on one spot, they can heat water to a boil, providing steam for generation equipment.

Just about every schoolboy with a magnifying glass has learned this lesson at an early age, and as the search for cleaner power continues, that knowledge is being put into play.

Nano Technology Leads Solar Cell Development

It is has been noted by researchers that if a solar panel could be spread out on the deserts in the United States, enough electricity could be generated to power the country. However impractical this may seem, the solar power industries are looking into nano technology and have recently developed a spray-on solar panel that provide electricity for small scale use, for now, but are looking for large-scale applications in the future.

The solar power industries have stated this compound that, if sprayed on an electric automobile, could keep the batteries in the car constantly charged. The applications, which are both promising and exciting, are still in their infancy and under development. These polymer films imbedded with nano particles in place of the silicon wafers used in the current solar panels are more efficient, but their life expectancy is still under study.

As environmentalists continue to study the effects of fossil fuel use on the Earth's atmosphere, and non-renewable resources continue to take a beating for price and availability, those involved in the solar power industries will continue to seek new ways to turn the Earth's sunlight, and ultraviolet light, into usable electric power.