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History of Solar Energy: Interesting Insights Curated by One of the Leading Solar Street Light Pole Manufacturers

Countries across the world are attempting to harness the power of solar energy, so that it can be used as a viable source of electricity and the carbon footprint can be reduced. In India, several government and private initiatives are being taken to leverage the power of solar energy. In many metro cities, street lights are powered by solar energy. But do you know that the use of solar energy dates back to as early as 7th century B.C? As one of the leading solar street light pole manufacturers, we have curated some interesting insights into the history of solar energy:

  1. Humans used ‘burning mirrorsâ€�"� to light fire 

In the 7th century B.C, humans used the magnifying glass to light fire using the rays of the sun. In the 3rd century B.C. too, the Greeks and Romans used magnifying  glasses which were often referred to as burning mirrors. 

Burning mirrors were used to light fire by the ancient Romans and Greeks. The mirrors are arranged in a way that they focus sunlight on a point, which ignites the wood or other material that is placed there.

  1. Sunrooms were used to keep the house warm 

Today, glazed sunroom extensions are quite common in residential spaces. They add light and value to your home. It is the early use of solar energy that gave birth to the concept of sunrooms. During Roman times, sunrooms were used to direct sunlight into one particular area. Even the famous Roman bathhouses were used as sunrooms. The idea was to capture the sunâ€�"�s warmth during winter. 

  1. The first tactical solar cell was invented in 1954 

Although several scientists worked on solar cells, they were too inefficient to be put to use. It was only in April, 1954, researchers came up with silicon solar cells that could be used to power an electric device for several hours of a day.  

  1. Solar panels were used in the outer space 

In 1958, the Vanguard I satellite used a small solar panel to power its radios. Later, many satellites had solar panel technology on board. Not just that, in 1964, the first Nimbus spacecraft was launched. The satellite was able to run entirely on a 470 watt solar array. 

  1. The solar powered airplane  

In 1981, the first solar powered aircraft flew across the English Channel from France to the UK. It was in 2016, that solar-powered aircraft called Solar Impulse 2 flew around the world without a drop of fuel.  

Looking for modern street light pole design for your project? 

We offer street light poles with mounts for solar panels. We also offer conical poles, steel tubular poles and street light poles. You can also check out designer lighting solutions  that come with decorative embellishments. Here are some reasons why are trusted trusted name in the infrastructure industry: 

  •  We have 4 in-house 12.5m long Hot Dip Galvanizing facilities. We only use Special High Grade Zinc spruced from Hindustan Zinc Ltd. 

  • Our in-house testing facilities ensure standard coating and the best finish at all times.  

  • We keep over 1000 MT poles in ready stock, with over 1000 MT in ready stock of Pipes of different sizes to allow us to execute your orders timely without any delay to your project. 

  • The poles undergo strict quality checks during production and before they are  dispatched. 

  • In the Transmission and Distribution sector, we are the largest manufacturer and supplier of Steel Tubular poles as per IS 2713 in the country and outside the country. We also manufacture non standard size steel tubular poles as per customer requirement.

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