The Chemistry of Solar Power

By: Chandler Dixon

Solar Power- the technology used to absorb the sun’s energy and make it usable

The cells in the solar panels are made of semiconductor materials and when sunlight hits the cells, it releases energy from their atoms. The electrons then flow through the cell to generate electricity.

Defects of Solar Energy

  • Doesn't work at night
  • Doesn't work when the sky is not clear (i.e: clouds, rain, etc.)
  • Need alternative power source to keep energy running during these circumstances (i.e: battery)

Countries Currently Big In Using Solar Energy

  • United States
  • Japan
  • Germany

The Different Types of Solar Energy

  • Solar Panels
  • Windmills
  • Heating and cooling systems

The Power of Solar Energy

The solar panels on a house can heat the entire house, heat liquid in tubes, and supply that house with hot water.