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What Is Solar Energy And How Does It Work?

We have all heard about solar energy and the wide range of benefits solar power offers. From the cost savings over using fossil fuels to heat and power your home, to the many environmental benefits that using a clean, sustainable source of energy has to offer, solar energy is considered the perfect energy source by  people all over the world. But for those who aren’t quite sure what solar energy is and how it works, we have decided to answer these questions and show you why solar energy is the energy source of the future.

What Is Solar Energy And How Does It Work?

Solar energy systems harness the sun’s energy and turn it into electricity for homes, businesses and solar electric vehicles. When you think about it, our sun is a giant nuclear reactor, releasing photons. These photons travel 93 million miles from the sun to Earth in about 8 minutes. Every hour of every day, there are enough photons to generate enough solar energy to satisfy the energy needs of the planet for an entire year. Yet today, solar power only accounts for about five-tenths of one percent of the energy consumed in the United States.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

Let’s take a look at how that solar energy is made. When the photons from the sun hit a solar cell, they knock electrons loose from their atoms. When conductors are attached to the positive and negative sides of that solar cell, an electrical circuit is formed. The electrons then flow through the circuit and generate electricity. There are multiple cells used to make up a solar panel, and multiple panels (modules) are wired together to form a solar array. The more panels you have, the more energy you will generate.

What are these solar panels made of? Solar panels are made of silicon and they are constructed with a positive layer and a negative layer. This is similar to a battery in which the two layers create an electric field. When applied to a solar powered car, these solar panels eliminate the need for heavy, expensive batteries that constantly need recharged.

The World’s First Never Charge Electric Vehicle!

Aptera has announced the launch of the world’s first Never Charge electric vehicle. In addition to a 1,000 mile battery range, their innovatively designed on-vehicle solar package enables you to travel more than 40 miles a day, and over 11,000 miles per year, without ever having to plug in. With the first grid-independent electric vehicle, you can drive more and experience the thrill of the open road without having to stop and plug in to recharge your batteries.

Contact Aptera

To learn more about the benefits of solar powered vehicles and to see the world’s first Never Charge electric vehicle, contact Aptera today!

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As a mechanical engineer turned blogger, Charlie provides readers with a technical, yet accessible look into the world of automotive engineering and design. His insightful posts make complex car technologies understandable.