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Solar Power: Electricity

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Despite the odd cloudy week, solar energy potential in the UK is better than you'd imagine! GCSE.comís HQ has a 3.3 kW solar array!

Solar power turns energy from sunlight directly into electricity using photo-voltaic (pv) cells. The most common material used in pv panels is silicon; when exposed to light it releases electrons that move into an electrical circuit.

Photo-voltaic solar panels on the City Hostel Sonnige (Sunny) Aussichten (View) Ferrienwohnung (Holiday Flats) in Walsrode, Germany photo-voltaic solar panel

The electricity generated can charge batteries or can even be converted, via a device called an inverter, to an alternating current to power standard 230 V mains appliances.

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