Solar Power by Jessica Hodges
What is solar power?
Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either by directly using photovoltaics or by indirectly using concentrated solar power.
What’s interesting about solar power is that it was accidentally discovered back in 1839! Alexandre Becquerel placed an electrode in a conductive solution, and when it was hit by sunlight a current was generated.
However, the first solar cell wasn’t produced until 1883 by Charles Fritts, who produced a 1% efficiency selenium-on-gold photovoltaic panel. The photovoltaic effect was followed by the discovery of the photoelectric effect, but it wasn’t until 1954 that the AT&T and Bell Laboratories created the first modern silicone solar cell as we know it today.
So what does this mean for us? The great news is that solar power is still evolving and is becoming increasingly popular every year. More and more companies are investing in solar panels to reduce the cost of electricity and to make a positive impact on the environment.