Are you new to solar power and feeling overwhelmed by all the technical terms? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
We’ve put together a beginner’s dictionary to help you understand the basics of solar power. From photovoltaic cells to net metering, this guide will give you a solid foundation to build upon as you explore the world of solar energy. Without further ado, here’s The Point Zero Energy’s Beginner’s Guide To Solar Power:
- AC: AC, or alternating current, is a type of electrical current that periodically changes direction. It is the type of electricity that is used in homes and businesses and is generated by power plants. AC electricity is easier to transmit over long distances than direct current (DC) electricity, which flows in only one direction.
- Amps: Amps, or amperes, are a unit of electrical current. They measure the flow of electrons in a circuit and are often used to describe the capacity of electrical devices or systems. Amps are a way to measure how much electricity is flowing through something, like a light bulb or a computer. They are like the amount of water flowing through a hose.
- DC: DC or direct current, is a type of electrical current that flows in only one direction. It is often used in devices that require a constant flow of electricity. DC electricity is generated by sources such as solar panels and batteries, and it is typically converted into alternating current (AC).
- Lithium Ion Battery: A lithium ion battery is a type of rechargeable battery that is commonly used in portable electronic devices and electric vehicles. It is known for its high energy density, low weight, and long lifespan compared to other types of batteries. The Point Zero Energy Titan boasts a top-of-the-line lithium ion battery with a capacity of 2,000 watt-hours.
- Maximum power point tracking (MPPT): MPPT is a technique used in solar power systems to optimize the output of solar panels. It involves using a special controller to track the maximum power point of a solar panel and adjust the output to maximize the amount of electricity generated. This can help improve the efficiency and overall performance of a solar power system. Point Zero energy products maximize the solar power using the MPPT and also regulates the battery charge.
- Monocrystalline cells: Monocrystalline cells are a type of photovoltaic (PV) cell used in solar panels. Monocrystalline cells are known for their high efficiency, which means they can convert more sunlight into electricity than other types of PV cells. They are also relatively small and lightweight, making them a popular choice for portable solar power systems. All Point Zero Energy’s solar panels are made with high quality Monocrystalline cells.
- Net Metering: Net metering is a system that allows you to sell excess solar energy back to the grid. If you generate more solar energy than you use, the excess is credited to your account, which can offset your energy costs.
- Photovoltaic (PV) cells: These are the building blocks of solar panels. PV cells are made of silicon and other materials, and they convert sunlight into electricity.
- Portable Solar Power: Portable solar power refers to a type of solar power system that is designed to be easily transported and set up in various locations. These systems typically consist of a solar panel or panels, a battery or batteries to store the electricity generated by the panels, and a inverter to convert the electricity from the battery into a form that can be used to power electronic devices. Portable solar power systems can be used to provide electricity for a wide range of applications, including charging electronic devices, powering small appliances, and providing backup power in the event of an outage. Point Zero Energy is pleased to offer high-quality portable solar power systems for a variety of applications. Our team is dedicated to providing the best products and service to our customers, making us a trusted and reliable source for portable solar power solutions.
- Solar Array: A solar array is a group of solar panels that are connected together to generate more electricity. Solar arrays can be mounted on rooftops, on the ground, or on poles.
- Solar Battery: A solar battery is a device that stores excess solar energy for later use. Solar batteries are typically used in off-grid systems or in conjunction with the grid to provide backup power during outages. With Point Zero Energy, you can purchase our Titan Expansion Battery. With its intuitive technology, the Titan’s 2000 watt-hour battery can be expanded by simply stacking more battery packs to expand battery capacity.
- Solar Panel Efficiency: Solar panel efficiency is a measure of how well a solar panel converts sunlight into electricity. Higher efficiency panels can generate more electricity in a smaller space, making them more cost-effective.
- Solar Generator: A solar generator is a portable power system that uses solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity, which is stored in a battery for later use. Solar generators are often used as a backup power source for homes, businesses, and recreational activities, and they are a clean and renewable alternative to traditional generators. Point Zero Energy is proud to have created the most versatile portable solar generator on the market, The Titan Solar Generator.
- Solar Inverter: A solar inverter is a device that converts the direct current (DC) electricity generated by solar panels into alternating current (AC) electricity, which is the type of electricity that is used in homes and businesses.
- Solar panel: A solar panel is a collection of PV cells that are mounted on a frame and connected to a power inverter. When sunlight hits the PV cells, it generates electricity that can be used to power your home or business.
- Volts: Volts are a unit of electrical potential difference, or voltage. They measure the force that drives electrons through a circuit and are often used to describe the power of electrical devices or systems. Volts are a way to measure how much power is needed to make something work. They are like the pressure in a hose that makes the water flow.
- Watts: Watts (W) is a unit of power that measures the rate at which energy is transferred or used. It is often used to measure the output or consumption of electricity. For example, a light bulb might use 60 watts of power, which means it consumes 60 watts of electricity per hour.
- Watt-hour: A watt-hour (Wh) is a unit of energy that measures the amount of electricity used over time. It is calculated by multiplying the number of watts used by the number of hours of use. For example, if you use a light bulb that consumes 60 watts for 2 hours, it will use 120 watt-hours of energy.
Whether you’re looking to generate electricity, heat water, or power your home or business with solar energy, this comprehensive dictionary has all the information you need. By understanding the basics, you’ll be well-equipped to make informed decisions about whether solar power is right for you.
If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to The Point Zero Energy team. We would love to hear from you!