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What Is Solar Energy?

Solar energy captures energy emitted from the sun and turns it into electricity to power cities, homes and businesses. The use of solar energy is growing because of its abundance and safety compared to other energy resources.

A clean alternative to fossil fuels, solar energy generates power without air, water and global warming pollution. Additional benefits of solar energy include stable prices and increased public safety.

How Is Solar Energy Produced?

Sunlight contains energy. When light from the sun hits an object, the energy turns into heat. Certain materials turn the energy into an electrical current. Captured electrical currents generate electricity and produce solar power.

How Solar Panels Work

Solar panels allow photons, or particles of light, to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of energy. A solar panel is made of many, small units of photovoltaic (PV) cells. A photovoltaic cell generates electricity as it absorbs sunlight by separating atoms.

How Does Solar Power Work?

  1. Solar panels collect and convert sunlight to direct current (DC) electricity.
  2. A solar inverter then converts DC electricity to alternating current (AC) electricity.
  3. AC electricity travels to an electrical panel.
  4. The electric panel powers devices and machines using electricity captured by solar panels.

How are Solar Panels Made?

To capture solar energy, a frame connects multiple solar cells together to make a solar module. Several solar modules connect to create a solar panel. Solar panel sizes vary depending on purpose or electricity needs. Bigger solar panels capture more energy from the sun.

Regardless of size, a solar module consists of the following:

  • Solar cells
  • Glass
  • Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA)
  • Backsheet
  • Frame

Manufacturers then use springs and wire forms to construct solar modules and panels.

Manufacturing Solar Panels

Master Spring manufactures custom solutions for OEMs of renewable energy equipment.

Manufacturers use Master Spring to create custom springs and wire forms for:

  • Solar panels
  • Solar panel mounting systems
  • Cable mounts
  • Cable management solutions
  • Solar panel clamps

We have the expertise and latest equipment to design and manufacture your next alternative energy product or installation.

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