Our ProLake systems use solar panels made from many connected photovoltaic cells. The solar panels are encased in a non-reflective, insulated pane of glass. The insulation helps control the temperature inside the panel and keep it from over-heating.
Photovoltaic cells are made from multi-layered silicone. There is a top layer, that is treated with phosphorus which creates a negative charge, while the bottom layer is treated with boron that creates a positive charge. Once the layers are positioned over one another they create an electric field between the layers, very much like a battery.
When sunlight hits the solar panel the electric field between the positive and negative layers and causes electrons to be released. Metal plates on each side of each cell collect the energy and transfers it to the wiring, which feeds the DC current into a power inverter creating electricity. In the case of Solaer aeration, energy is stored in the back-up battery supply system housed in the cabinet for use on cloudy days and during nighttime hours.
(It is extremely important to place Solaer aeration panels in an area where it can access sunlight from sun-up to sun-down.)