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Generating Electricity from the Sun

 
 
Generating Electricity from the Sun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2017
1. Generating Electricity from the Sun Marker
Inscription. On the wall above this sign, on the roofs of the Science Center and the parking to your right are solar panels that contain many photovoltaic (PV) cells. These PV cells convert light from the sun directly into electricity.

The PV cells are made up of thin layers of phosphorus and baron imbedded semi-conducting silicon wafers that absorb light particles, called photons, from the sun. When the photons hit the atoms in the semi-conductive wafers, they knock loose some of the atoms’ extra electrons. Now the electrons are free to move anywhere.

By attracting conducting wires to the PV cell the electrons flow away from the cell in the form of direct current (DC) electricity. To make electricity usable here or at home, it must be converted into alternating current (AC) electricity.

The Maryland Science Center solar system generates approximately 470 kilowatts per day in peak times. This is enough to power 14 average homes per day in the United States.

(Inscription in the image on the right)
All electrical systems run normally, rain or shine, because the home stays connected to the utility grid.

Solar modules convert sunlight directly into electricity. That electricity is converted into house hold current through the inverter. It then can be used throughout the house to provide power for household appliances

Generating Electricity from the Sun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 14, 2017
2. Generating Electricity from the Sun Marker
The solar panels are to the right of the marker as shown in the background.
and lighting.

The inverter converts the DC electricity generated by the solar modules into household AC current that can be used to power loads throughout the house. The home solar electric system connects into the existing household electrical panel. The utility meter tracks actual power usage and production, spinning forward when electricity is used from the electrical grid, and spinning backwards, generating a credit, when the solar system creates more electricity than is used.
 
Location. 39° 16.868′ N, 76° 36.686′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Key Highway. Touch for map. The marker is on the east side of the Maryland Science Center. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Olmsted Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Port of Baltimore (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Merchant Seamen Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore’s Part in Saving the Bay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A History of Firsts in Baltimore (about 400 feet away); Pride of Baltimore (about 700 feet away); The Great Baltimore Fire (approx. 0.2 miles away); Admiral Guillermo Brown (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 29, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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