The sun is an inexhaustible source of energy—unlike fossil fuels, its energy is available in unlimited quantities. Moreover, solar energy does not cause any climate-damaging CO2 emissions, which makes it an essential part of the energy transition.
While photovoltaic systems convert solar radiation into electrical energy, solar thermal power plants use the sun's heat for this purpose. Both PV systems and solar thermal power plants contain modules or mirrors that capture the sun's energy. The more precisely these are aligned with the position of the sun, the more electricity is generated. For this reason, tracking systems ensure optimal utilization of the sun's energy—with the help of powerful sensor technology from Pepperl+Fuchs. The automation expert's industrial sensors also support the automated production of photovoltaic systems.