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Solar Energy

Photovoltaic SolarConcentrating Solar PowerFolium Energy is well-versed in the dynamics of solar energy, both commercial and utility sized facilities. We have been involved in hundreds of projects involving Photovoltaic (PV) or Concentrated Solar Power (CSP).

Solar energy is derived from the sun through the collection of solar radiation. Solar powered electrical generation relies primarily on photovoltaic and heat engines. These technologies are broadly characterized as either passive solar or active solar depending on the way they capture, convert and distribute solar energy. Active solar techniques include the use of photovoltaic panels or solar thermal collectors to harness the energy. Passive solar techniques may include orienting real estate to the Sun, selecting materials with favorable thermal mass or light dispersing properties and designing spaces that naturally circulate air.

Photovoltaic (PV) systems convert light into an electric current using the photoelectric effect. In the photoelectric effect, electrons emitted from matter produce an electric spark when absorbing energy from the electromagnetic radiation of very short wavelengths, such as visible or ultraviolet light.

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) systems, also known as concentrated solar thermal (CST) systems, are systems that use lenses or mirrors to amplify and concentrate a large area of sunlight or solar thermal energy onto a small area. Electric power is produced when the concentrated sunlight is converted to heat. This heat drives an electric power generator, typically through the use of a steam turbine.

Folium Energy has been involved in over one-hundred megawatts of Solar Energy Projects across North America to date. We use that experience and knowledge to constantly innovate and expand our company’s capabilities.