If you believe solar glass and photovoltaics is a relatively new development in technology, you will be surprised to learn it is actually the kind of technology that has been around for more than 100 years. The story of solar glass and photovoltaics began in 1839 when the Alexandre Becquerel experimented with electrodes and electrolytes and discovered an odd level of conductance.
Further experiments in 1873 and 1887 continued to show solar glass and photovoltaics yielded indeed illuminating results with a number of different materials. It was not until 1904 Albert Einstein actually worked on the problem and offered a succinct explanation of what happened on the physics level of the reaction. From there came the 1918 development of the first solar cells. As the space race between the United States and the former Soviet Union heated up, solar glass and photovoltaics became further developed for use on space satellites.
Today, solar technology is a much sought after commodity in the residential as well as commercial market. The idea of turning sunlight into usable electricity and stored up warmth ? as opposed to paying princely sums for electricity from the power plant ? has inspired homeowners wanting to save money to check out green building options and incorporate solar panels into their homes.
With the increase in demand and the continued development of cheaper solar panels and easier ways of retrofitting already built structures to also benefit from solar technology, it goes without saying that sunlight will become one of the most desirable energy sources in the near future. Wind technology is currently its main competitor, but the guarantee of the daily sunlight tends to beat wind technology ? at least in the minds of consumers ? any time.