This section provides an overview for solar power generation equipment as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 10 solar power generation equipment manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked solar power generation equipment companies as of December, 2023: 1.LiTime, 2.Mobile Solar.
A solar generator is a power generation device that converts the sun's light energy into electricity.
Unlike thermal power generation using fossil fuels, it is a renewable energy source with no risk of energy depletion and produces clean power without emitting greenhouse gases during generation.
While thermal, hydroelectric, nuclear, wind, and other types of power generators generate electricity by rotating turbines and other equipment to drive generators, solar generator use solar cells to convert sunlight directly into electricity.
There are two types of solar generator, grid-connected and stand-alone, and the system configuration differs depending on the type of use.
Solar generators are becoming increasingly popular in various locations as a low-carbon power generation device that does not emit greenhouse gases and as a next-generation power generation device that will improve energy self-sufficiency in resource-poor Japan.
Solar generators are being used on a variety of scales and in a variety of applications, including large-scale equipment that sells all electricity generated by solar power generation as a business. They are also used for household equipment that normally consumes its own electricity and sells it to the power company when power generated exceeds power consumption. Also small-scale equipment that is not connected to power company distribution lines and provides power for traffic signs, streetlights, etc. They are used on a variety of scales and in a variety of applications.
The most important part of a solar generator is the photovoltaic cell.
Currently, silicon solar cells are the most common type of photovoltaic cell, with a structure consisting of a p-type semiconductor and an n-type semiconductor junction.
When sunlight strikes the p-n junction semiconductor, the electrons in the semiconductor are excited by the light energy and become free electrons. After the free electrons leave, a positive charge, a hole, is generated, and the hole moves to the p-type semiconductor, while the free electron moves to the n-type semiconductor. This is the principle of operation of a photovoltaic cell.
The configuration of solar generator differs between the grid-connected type, which is connected to the power company's distribution line network, and the stand-alone type, which is not connected to the grid.
Grid-connected solar generator consist of solar module, which is a package of solar cells, a power conditioner that converts the DC power generated by the solar module into AC power, a step-up transformer that raises the output voltage of the power conditioner to the voltage of the power company's distribution line network, and a power meter that measures the amount of power bought and sold to and from the power company. The system consists of a watt-hour meter that measures the amount of electricity sold and purchased with the power company.
Stand-alone solar power generation equipment consists of solar cell modules and connection circuits. If the power is supplied to an AC load, such as a fluorescent lamp, an inverter circuit must be inserted before connecting it to the load; if the power is supplied to a DC load, such as an LED, the DC power generated by the solar cells is supplied directly.
Photovoltaic panels account for about 47% of the cost of a photovoltaic power generation system, with installation costs closing in at 28%.
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Larson Electronics, founded in 1973 with headquarters in the USA, is a manufacturer of lighting, electrical control, and explosion-proof equipment. The company's products include explosion-proof lights, corrosion-resistant luminairies for marine use, fishing lights, high-powered stadium lights, and portable power distribution systems for general area and hazardous area use. Larson Electronics' products are used in various industries, including the government, military, aviation, manufacturing, and marine markets. Examples include stadium lights, deep mining lights, lighting used on deep sea oil rigs, and safety lighting in factories.
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Solar Electric Supply, Inc., based in Scotts Valley, is a supplier and a distributor of solar panel systems and a solar system integrator. The company offers a range of products including residential solar systems, commercial solar systems, industrial off-grid solar systems, batteries and solar storage, photovoltaic solar modules, and various solar components. These products are designed to harness the power of the sun to generate electricity, providing a sustainable and environmentally friendly energy solution for various applications.
AllProGenerators, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a distributor of generators, catering to different power needs and scenarios. Its product lineup includes the eco-friendly Titan Solar Generators and Anker Solar Generators, offering sustainable power solutions. It also offer the Clean Green Solar Machine for commercial applications. For more conventional power needs, the company provide Cummins Generators, designed for home backup and job sites, and the dual-fuel hybrid generators, Duromax, and Durostar. These generators serve various purposes, from residential backup to remote area power supply.
Alpine Energies Private Limited, founded in 2005 and based in Delhi, India, is a manufacturer and supplier of Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Systems. The company's product catalog spans Solar Power Plants, Solar Water Heating Systems, Solar Street Lights, Solar Lanterns, and Solar Off-Grid Plants. These solutions harness solar energy to generate electricity and heat water, offering eco-friendly and sustainable energy solutions. The company plays a pivotal role in promoting renewable energy adoption for both domestic and industrial applications.
Bentek Systems, established in 1988 and headquartered in Calgary, Canada, is a manufacturer and supplier of wireless SCADA, water automation systems, and telemetry solutions. Its product portfolio includes the SCADALink IP100 SCADA Terminal Server, SCADALink DC100 Modbus Data Concentrator, SatSCADA Satellite SCADA & Remote Monitoring, SCADALink SAT110 Satellite RTU & Alarm Callout, and SCADALink SAT130/SAT140 Wireless Industrial IoT Gateway. These advanced products cater to industries like Oil & Gas, Environmental, Water, Mining, and Manufacturing, delivering wireless SCADA and telemetry solutions, reflecting its adherence in industrial automation technologies.
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