In 1839 the first photovoltaic reaction was observed, 48 years later the solar cell was born. For the past century and more we have been harnessing the power of the sun to do everything from powering ATM machines in India to helping European nations become sustainable.
Our innovation has ensured the movement of solar technology into many aspects of our everyday lives; did you know that by 1962 we already had entirely solar-powered satellites orbiting our planet?
Or that in 2012 on a sunny day solar panels enabled one European nation to generate 50% of its energy for the entire nation?
This timeline guides you through many of the key moments in the solar journey, along the way you will find some interesting facts that you probably wouldn't know and some inspirational uses of solar energy that will inevitably leave you asking if we have come this far, what will tomorrow bring for Solar Energy?