PV solar panels, also known as PV-tech operate even on cloudy days in the UK, and in some cases can heat-up your hot water tank. These are the most popular form of sun-powered technologies today and will still be generating for their owners in three decades time.
PV-tech brings the power of the sun to the EV (electric vehicle) industry. This real game-changing technology can be combined with photovoltaics to bring free motoring-mileage to more astute people across the United Kingdom.
"PV solar panels and EV's (electric vehicles) work brilliantly together to free people from the rising costs of living in the 21st-century."
Photovoltaics & water heating:
Sun-powered hot water.
Evacuated tubes and flat-plate panels were the most common form of solar heating up until the advent of PV-powered heating converters. This almost magical technology uses the excess electricity from your photovoltaic panels to keep your hot water tank heated. Amazingly, this is usually power that you'll be paid for by the feed-in tariff incentive scheme.
PV (photovoltaic) solar panels with battery storage capabilities are taking off globally and that ultimately allows solar technology to use day and night. The breakthroughs made recently with this technology have been significant, but incorporating storage has to be the most game-changing.
Evacuated solar tubes are an alternative water heating system, developed especially for northern European countries. Vacuum heating tubes use the sun's radiation, to heat your tank or swimming pool and contrary to popular belief, actually work throughout all four seasons.
Use the sun to generate hot water with solar heating panels. Also known as flat-plates, these are popular with households who have a hot water storage tank that requires vast amounts of electricity to run. People have been astute at reducing energy demands with this technology.
Thermodynamic solar panels are a hybrid technology that takes over from your boiler's job of heating your hot water and central heating. This technology considerably reduces the use of expensive fuels to heat your home. This system can work anytime day and night.
"My prime motivation was I wanted to see if I could be self-powered in north London in a cloudy rainy country. If I can do it, so can the world."
PV solar panels & battery storage.
There are brilliant battery storage systems on the UK market that are tried and trusted around the world. Photovoltaics and battery storage devices are an option to consider in addition to the current feed-in tariff incentives. Our trusted installers will be able to advise you on both options.
PV to hot water converters can heat up a traditional hot water tank using a smart device that diverts some of your generated daytime electricity toward your heating coil. It eliminates the need for your boiler to heat your water and is an additional way of benefiting from this fantastic technology.
A time-served installer once told me this analogy for thinking about electricity in the network.
"Exported electricity is a bit like cats! It goes wherever the food is best."
In reality, it's just electrons bouncing up and down a cable. They leave your house because your home does not need them and head for straight to the nearest source that does, usually your neighbours.
The need to reduce dependence on imported power should be your motivation for installing a PV solar panel system. Different people have widely varying reasons ranging from the familiar aspects to preparing for retirement.
I think, remaining entirely dependent on the network, mainly long-term would be a mistake. One thing I have learned since I have been working on this Power My Home project is how delicate the global energy market is. Climate, terrorism, wars, global politics and many other unforeseen events have the potential to disrupt what we have all become so accustomed.
They say "forewarned is forearmed" and it is this that I ask you to consider when pondering if you should purchase an installation. Revolutionising the way you think of energy is paramount, and since I have thrown myself into the world of solar panels, the number of homes with them on their roofs have shown me that many other people think the same too.
The key to a successful solar panel installation is research. That is why I develop this website as a useful resource for enthusiasts.
Always get three
quotes, never sign up for "special deals on the night" and compare what
type of PV panels you are installing on your roof. PV solar panels can
vary on performance and price, but I am pleased to announce that over the
years, I managed to help tens of thousands of people contact trustworthy
installers and get quality panels at a reasonable price.
Your current energy supplier can only guarantee your import costs for a couple of years at the most. Time to find a more long-term solution.
"People recognise the futility of Switch N' Save and are walking away using alternative technologies."
A photovoltaic-enhanced civilisation is unfolding
The race to be the first energy independent economy is on.
Germany with a similar climate to the UK is winning that accolade, as they produce so much power from wind and solar panels that they export excess power to neighbouring countries for free.
This increase in alternative generation also led to a marked decrease in coal-based electricity generation.
Just take a moment to digest those facts.
This week, more justification of my dogged and somewhat baffling (to some) determination to see the solar technology's rightful place in our progression, has come in thick and fast this week with some of the most influential people in the world.
The reality that the world is dealing with the facts of its problems and finally pushing the human race forward, despite the UK dragging its feet like a belligerent toddler with a sugar addiction.
You want Coal, they or their families own the mines. You want Oil and Gas; they own the wells. You want Nuclear; they hold the Uranium. You want solar power, unsurprisingly, they say solar isn't feasible because they can't meter the sun.
Surprisingly, not everyone in Britain shares this future vision, only because solar-power cannot be controlled or metered for profit. Unfortunately, we in the UK live in a media-controlled land, led by politicians and media barons with allegiances to keeping the fossil burning.
So the next time you hear someone say "Solar panels don't work well in the UK", you can almost guarantee that they get their thoughts, tastes and attitudes from newspaper barons who have personal financial interests in continuing the status quo.
And that's how you ended up with frackers on your doorstep.
In fact, in this crazy economic model, they have intertwined the baby boomers pension funds with the continued burning of dead dinosaurs. That's the real reason newspaper owners spread misinformation about this alternative technology.
Through no fault of their own, pensioners are now in a situation, where they are reliant on a system that holds back human progress and destroys the future of their predecessors.
However, the tide is now turning, and countries and manufacturers are investing in green-technologies to kick-start the 21st century finally.
I would love to think that Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Angela Merkel and many other of the world's most visionary world leaders are following my romantic lead, but I suspect the truth is down to a fact of inevitability.
Despite this, that wasn't obvious even twelve years ago when I first began putting Power My Home together in my spare time, and I continue this vital work to this day.
My own stubborn and dogged determination to prove naysayers wrong, including the last government who did everything in their power to destroy a fledgeling solar industry - drives me today.
And that brings me to EV technology.
As the UK is still coming to terms with the fact that solar panels; do work, German manufacturers and others worldwide have already been steaming ahead with research and development to tap the potential that solar panels can offer.
Only five years ago, when your photovoltaic system produced surplus energy, the only choice you had was to export that power to the National Grid. Today, new developments in solar technologies mean your photovoltaics can heat your hot water tank, charge your new EV car and even store power with new solar battery storage capabilities for night time usage.
The traditional 'centralised' energy model that our media barons have been so determined to hang onto is being eroded away, despite their political meddling and misinformation.
But, the real solar salesmen will be your high energy bills as the promises made by fracking fail to materialise and the mega higher cost of nuclear-based electricity that our esteemed leaders have recently signed us up for - begin to bite.
However, the real benefits of solar panels and new associated technology's will come apparent as the current glut on the world's oil market begins to subside. Suddenly, the super smooth, super fast acceleration that comes with a new electric vehicle will get your juices flowing.