Solar Energy and Other Solar Products Research Paper

Solar Energy and Other Solar Products
This paper discusses the invention of the first solar battery, the development of other solar products, and uses of alternative energy.
# 116855 | 1,369 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2009 in Engineering (General) , History (General) , Environmental Studies (General) , Physics (General)

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The paper begins with a discussion of the first solar battery in 1954 and how it was made. The paper goes on to examine the development of solar powered homes several years later. The paper then tells how the cost of solar cells was cut, allowing solar cells to become more economically viable for powering household appliances. The paper lastly describes other solar powered products of the 1950s, including a solar powered clock, a solar cigarette lighter, and the solar video camera.

From the Paper:

"Products using solar energy were also being marketed in 1958. Solar radios, clocks, cigarette lighters, barbeque grills and movie camera with a self-adjusting lens were making use of the new technology. Hoffman Electronics was using its own version of the silicon battery to power a solar radio. Bruce L Birchard, of Hoffman Electronics, in Los Angeles said the "radios were selling better than anticipated." They took the photons of energy from the sun, stored positive charged energy on one layer of silicon, touched it to another layer of silicon with negative energy resulting in a current flowing. The current is electricity that comes from the sun. These solar batteries were stored in the radio handle, and could hold enough energy to play for 100 hours without the sun."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Vast Power of the Sun Is Tapped By Battery Using Sand Ingredient." New York Times 26 Apr. 1954. Print.
  • Benedict, R.W. "Companies, Scientists Focus on New Solar Products and Processes." Wall Street Journal [New York, N.Y. ] 24 Mar. 1958. Print.

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