How Do Solar Panels Work

Edmonton solar panels are based on a modern but extraordinarily simple tool that transforms sunlight into electricity.

A solar panel converts the light from the sun directly into electricity. We use electricity in the majority of our day to day activities. Like turning on the lamp, electrons travel through the wire and lights up the bulb. The flow of electrons is known as electricity.

A single solar panel is composed of a number of small solar cells. Every cell utilizes the light from the sun to make electrons move. The solar cells are made from two various layers that are held together. The initial layer is filled with electrons, so electrons can easily transfer from this layer to the other layer. While the second layer has less amount of electrons on it so it can easily take in electrons.

How does a solar cell turn sunlight into electricity?

Inside a crystal, the bond among silicon atoms is composed of electrons that are shared among the atoms in the crystal. The light from the sun is absorbed, and the energy level of an electron that is among the bonds gets high enough and can move freely compared to when it was bound. That electron has the capacity to move easily in the crystal, and the result is a current.

Try to think of having a ledge, just like a mantelpiece on your wall, and you throw a ball on that ledge. That is the same with an electron attaining a high level of energy, and it will not fall.

Photons, which are packets of light energy comes in and it collides with electron going to the ledge and that energy stays there until it is collected through the use of electricity.

Powering Homes and Business Establishments with Solar Panels

Electrical current that leaves a module or an array of modules, goes through a wire channel that goes into an inverter. This tool, which looks like a waffle iron, transforms direct current that flows using a fixed current and voltage, into alternating current, which then runs with oscillating current and voltage. Every electrical appliance around the world operates on alternating current. From the inverter, the power coming from solar panels goes into a business or house’s circuitry or power plant and into the electrical grid of the region. An independent power system can create a self-contained circuit without having to connect to the grid. But, the off-grid system will need batteries to store the power for certain time like during night when panels can’t absorb enough sunlight.

Contact Solar Energy if you are thinking of getting solar panels for your home.

10 Places to Find Free Firewood

Tight on budget? Don’t want to spend too much on firewood? Be practical. Below are a few helpful tips from Flametech Heating on how to get free firewood with effort, the right tools, and a watchful eye.


Inquire for wooden pallets on stores.


Various consumer goods like furniture and construction materials are shipped or kept on wooden pallets. Sometimes, stores can’t return wooden pallets, don’t use them and are anxious in getting rid of them. You can ask these stores if you can have their wooden pallets. Pallets can be dismantled without trouble.

Go to the sawmill.


The whole purpose of the sawmill is to yield lumber that can be used from logs of trees; however, they do not use the whole tree. You can take this advantage by collecting the scraps that they will throw away and can surely use as firewood.


Volunteer to empty the landfill.


A lot of communities have reclamation areas where wastes like firewood are thrown away. Find out if your local landfill has free firewood. It depends on the size of the wood; you may not have to use a truck, but can just use the trunk of your car to carry it home.


Ask the tree removal companies.


Many tree removal companies are always searching for a place to throw away trees. If a company is working near your home, you can ask them for excess trees they will be throwing away and they might drop it off at your home or let you pick it up.


Visit new construction sites.

You can find free firewood at lands being cleared for commercial or residential development. Cleared trees and sturdy bush from this cleared land are perfect for firewood.


Ask property builders.


A builder’s’ job is to refurbish and demolish buildings, and sometimes they throw away or burn old lumber like cladding, floorboards, joints and others.


Check for downed trees after a windstorm.


A strong windstorm can bring down trees that landowners would remove later on. You may find that some homeowners need aid in disposing and removing these trees.

Explore woodworking shops.


Woodworking shops or hobbyist may have scrap woods they won’t be using. You can ask them if they can give it to you for these woods are great firewood.


Visit road log droppings.


In places where trees are harvested, you can sometimes find logs that fall off from logging trucks. These woods can be used as firewood.


Ask hydro line workers.


Hydro line workers regularly cut down trees or do brushing to limit tree growth around power lines. Although some of the brushings might run through a chipper, it is sometimes possible to talk about wood or brush removal which can help them save time and work.

If you are looking for Wood fireplaces in Victoria BC, contact Flametech Heating.