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The Ins and Outs of Solar Photovoltaic Energy

solar_historyIn a world of ever growing alternative energy sources, you may ask yourself how long solar energy has been around. The technology used to harness solar power today has existed for quite some time. However the concept of solar energy has been around much longer. Experts cite that back in the 3rd century B.C. Egyptians frequently utilized black pools of water to capture the sun’s heat during the day. The warm water would be pumped through pipes which heated palace floors at night.

Documentation indicates that in the 7th century B.C. people were using the sun and glass or mirrors to build fires and light torches. Centuries later, upon the advent of the Common Era, Greeks and Romans utilized the power of the sun to heat sunrooms and bathhouses which were so popular at the time. This was accomplished simply by designing the windows within these structures to face the southern direction. These were the first people to trap the heat of the sun with glass and use it to heat their homes.

Solar energy has come a long way since those days, but with significant trial and error. By the late 1700’s inventors were shifting their attention back to the possibilities available through solar energy. The first solar collector was cone shaped and boiled ammonia for the effects of locomotion and refrigeration. About 100 years later came the solar powered steam engine and the world of solar power began to grow commercially from there. In 1921 Albert Einstein, the father of modern physics, received a Nobel Peace Prize for his work with solar power and the photoelectric effect.

Since then, solar photovoltaic cells have taken technological leaps and bounds. Despite the growth of the industry and the efficient nature of solar power itself, there has been a gnawing dilemma concerning the materials used in the production of solar panels and their impact on our environment. From inception, the solar market has been utilizing a toxic chemical known as cadmium in the development of solar cells. Cadmium is a known carcinogen that attacks the kidneys, lungs, and brain.

In recent years the industry has taken a turn towards non toxic alternatives with little or no impact to the fabrication process. Furthermore, this chemical replacement will guarantee a less expensive end product capable of comparable performance. The development of safe and inexpensive alternatives have given rise to a superior product. These new generation solar photovoltaic cells are not only environmentally friendly, but will not require expensive clean up efforts of poisonous cadmium in the years to come.