From EarthOps Dot Com
Photovoltaic materials convert visible light directly into direct-current electricity. Usually that energy is stored for later use. Excess production may, in some cases, be distributed to the greater elecrical grid.
Perhaps you would like the see the Wikipedia entry for Photovoltaics?
The Solar Warrior website gives details and shares lessons learned about implementing a 2880 square-foot residential rooftop photovoltaic array. On a sunny day in the California desert it has demonstrated peak power production exceeding 20-kilowatts. System design and construction is by Full Circle Solar.
Standard Solar is a large solar system designer and installer company in the US Mid-Atlantic region. They have excellent educational materials online as part of their business promotion.
Educational and Informational Resources
- Nanosolar makes thin-film solar panels with the economics of printing. "Nanosolar has developed proprietary process technology that makes it possible to produce 100x thinner solar cells 100x faster."
- Konarka makes thin-film lightweight solar photovoltaic systems.