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The Mechanics of Solar Power

This chapter provides an overview of solar power and the mechanisms regarding how energy is produced by the various systems.

PV systems work by converting the sun rays through the PV effect. Capturing electrons that are released as sunlight is absorbed by materials such as silicon completes this process. The energy produced is DC, which needs to be converted to alternating current for most applications through an inverter.

Manufacturing PV panels, which are the most prevalent in the market, is a complex process that includes chemistry, engineering, and precision work. The elements are combined, electrical connections are made, and the panels are fastened to a racking system.

Other important technologies, such as ...

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