Contrary to popular belief, solar power or power that could be derived from the sun had attracted the attention of scientists long ago. So it can be safely stated that the history of solar power is fairly long. Here we will take a look at the rich and interesting history of solar power.
realized a long time back that the Sun could be a source
to light up homes and that the energy can be used for
other purposes as well. In fact, as a form of energy, it
was first developed by Mouchout of
Later, William Adams made improvements on it and with a configuration of 72 mirrors or reflectors; it could produce three times as much power as Mouchoutís first solar engine. Though several modifications done by Charles Tellier, John Ericsson, Henry E. Willsie Eneas and Shuman had notably enhanced the performance of Mouchoutís solar engine, it failed commercially in the face of coal fired engines that were cheaper as well as more convenient to use during those early days.
people first felt in the 1st half of the
19th century of the limited stock of fossil
fuel, alternative sources of energy began to be
explored. And this resulted in the use of wind and water
power. Hydro-electrical power plants came into being in
the great Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) areas while
windmills started pumping water and punishing Don
Quixote in the
quest for alternative power source however received a
big shot in the arm when Col. Edwin Drake drilled and
extracted crude petroleum out of the ground in
During the early part of the 50ís (1953 to be precise), scientists at the Bell Laboratories namely Gerald Pearson, Daryl Chapin and Calvin Fuller developed the first silicon solar cell that was capable of generating a measurable electric current solely out of the rays of the Sun. This was of course a major breakthrough in solar power. However there were problems that still needed to be overcome and technical challenges too.
are some of the challenges that these scientists faced.
Initially, the solar photovoltaic cells were much too
expensive to produce while their output was far lesser
than expected. Thus while on the one hand solar power
was expensive to make, on the other, the final benefit
was severely restricted as well. However, all that
started to change soon and this is mainly due to major
governmental initiatives taken by mainly
So we can only expect in the not too distant future, the making of solar power will become cheaper and its utilization will spread all over the world. This is only a natural development, as we leverage the resources of nature to make power and thereby reduce pollution too.
The history of solar power tells us that its popularity has been on the increase for a long time. And why not, since there are obvious financial as well as ecological benefits. You can also set up a system at home Ė just ensure that you know a few things such as where exactly to set it up, how to install it, where to get the parts cheaply from, how to get free batteries, how to wire the system and also what are the safety precautions that need to be followed when you are installing the home solar power system.