Fagor is working in three lines of research of solar energy, one of which involves a system for cooling household temperatures. Trials are being carried out in the experimental house installed in the Miñano Technological Park.
Perhaps it is the photoelectric energy that is the best known of the three. For years the production photoelectric energy has had the sole aim of on-site consumption for personal use, and thus were often installed in places lacking power supply lines. However, in the last few years, a new possibility has arisen: selling the electric power production to the electricity utility companies. These are under the obligation to buy all the photoelectric energy offered to them and, moreover, have to pay for it at almost three times greater than the sale price of conventional energy.
A photoelectric panel is made up of several photoelectric cells. The cells are usually of single crystal silicon, given that this is a material that has a greater production yield. This silicon is semiconducting and, when sunshine falls on it, it frees electrons. These electrons are conducted through wires in a circuit, creating the electric current. It is direct current, thus needing a transformer to convert it to AC. Subsequently this AC can be used, for example, in locations lacking electricity supply or it may be sold to energy supply companies.
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