Solar Energy Information
In all its vastness, the sun still remains somewhat of a mystery
to us. We know that it provides us with light and energy and that it
is extremely hot. We have been using the energy from our nearest
star forever. A simple example is hanging our clothes out to dry in
the sunlight. The sunlight provides us with food by helping plants
produce their own food and making them grow. Life on earth simply
wouldn't exist without the sun, but there is much more to the fiery
star than what it does for us automatically.
The sun provides us with an incomprehensible amount of energy
every minute of the day. Some of that energy allows us to exist
without doing a thing. However, there are more advantages of solar
energy that we receive when we harness it. For example, NASA has
satellites in orbit that are energized by the sun. In the late
1800s, solar water heaters were very popular, and they are beginning
to make a comeback.
Photovoltaic or solar panels are used to convert the sunlight
into electricity. The sun can also be used to charge batteries. Take
a look at the Bee Cool Inc. Smart Charger on this site, for an
example. We have also created Bee Cool Ventilators to increase honey
production in bee hives.
The Bee Cool Ventilators help bees to create more honey. A
thermostat is placed inside the beehive. When the temperature is too
hot, the thermostat tells the fan to blow fresh cool air into the
hive. The fan is powered directly by a photovoltaic solar panel, or
by a battery that is charged by the solar panel if you choose to add
a battery. This solar-powered ventilation system keeps the beehives
cool, and controls the humidity and carbon dioxide levels inside the
hives. There are vents on the sides of the module that vent out the
exhausted air. Our BC-103 and BC-99 solar panels also have
adjustable arms, to allow you to easily mount them near the
ventilator. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at
802-425-7151 or Beecool@gmavt.net.