history of solar energy is as colorful as it is full of
destroyed dreams. Most early researchers were forced to
abandon their work either on account of abrupt
withdrawal of funds provided by charitable monarchs that
had suddenly lost interest in solar power or more
interesting projects enticed them away. But John
Ericsson, an American immigrant from
the misfortune of Aubrey Eneas who in 1892 formed the
first solar energy company and called it The Solar Motor Co
that sold the first Solar Energy System to Dr. A.J.
the seeds have been already planted by these early
efforts. The early part of the 20th Century
saw several developments in solar powered devices when
in 1904 Henry Willsie felt the need for storing
generated power and so built two enormous plants in
1906, Frank Shuman opened his Sun Power Co and built the
largest most cost-effective solar energy system that
covered more than 10,000 square feet. But Shuman’s
mission was not successful since the plant produced
enough steam but no pressure to run an engine. Accepting
defeat, he took a partner and renaming the company as
Sun Power Company Ltd. he, along with one E.P. Haines
The first positive sign in favor of generation of solar energy was sighted in 1954 when Calvin Fuller, Gerald Pearson and Daryl Chaplin of Bell Laboratories fortuitously discovered the use of silicon as a semi-conductor. This led to the formation of solar panel that had an efficiency rate of 6% at the maximum.
However, within the next couple of years (precisely 1956) the first solar cell reached the public at a fantastic price of $300 per watt and was soon used in portable radios and other expensive novelties.
Then in 1958 came that ceremonial occasion when solar technologies were included in Space Programs. Vanguard, the first satellite that used solar energy to generate electricity was launched in the same year. From whatever angle one may look at the fast development of solar energy from then onward, none can deny the fact that the energy crisis of the seventies, heralded by the oil embargo had actually given it the first shot in the arm. And as a result the price of a solar cell dropped dramatically from $300 per watt to $20 per watt.
the next turn of events had given the solar energy
history a jarring stunt. Luz Co of
However, things are looking up now. There is a renewed focus on the topic as people are convinced about the far reaching benefits of solar energy that could possibly change the entire outlook on the renewable energy front.
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 – 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.