Renewable Energy

Energy obtained from sources that are essentially inexhaustible and naturally replenished, unlike, for example, the fossil fuels, of which there is a finite supply. Renewable sources of energy include wood, waste, geothermal, wind, photovoltaic, and solar thermal energy.






Solar Photovoltaics

Photovoltaics (or PV) is the field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells for energy by converting solar energy (sunlight, including ultra violet radiation) directly into electricity. Due to the growing demand for renewable sources of energy, the manufacture of solar cells and photovoltaic arrays has expanded dramatically in recent years.

How it works

PV modules contain photovoltaic cells - semiconductor devices that convert sunlight directly into electricity. Most PV systems installed in the UK are grid connected, which means that the output is fed directly into a building’s existing mains supply. On clear days the power generated by the PV system reduces the amount of electricity that needs to be purchased from the local electricity supplier. On very sunny days, or at a time when the household demand is low, electricity production may be greater than the demand in the building, and the excess will be exported out into the grid.

The system consists of: an array of PV panels; an inverter (an electronic device that converts the output of the solar array from DC to AC mains); cables, controls and switchgear.

Thermatech Ltd install both in-roof and on-roof Schuco Solar Photovoltaic systems. Photovoltaic panels can be installed in conjunction with other renewable technologies, such as with a GSHP, Air/Water Heat Pump or Biomass boiler to reduce the power consumption required. Due to the versatility of Schuco products we can offer a combined installation of solar hot water and photo-voltaics in a single kit. For more information aboout solar photovoltaics, or to discuss your project please contact us.

 

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