Considerations when choosing a solar panel Although sol […]
Considerations when choosing a solar panel
Although solar energy was discovered in the 1800s by a scientist who discovered that certain materials generate small currents when exposed to sunlight (this mass is called photovoltaics), the technology has developed in recent years. There are now three different types of solar panels available:
Monocrystalline silicon: This type of panel is made of high-grade silicon. These panels provide the highest efficiency and service life. They perform well at temperatures up to 77 ° F, but begin to lose efficiency at high temperatures. These panels are also more expensive.
Film: These panels are made by stacking different types of photovoltaic materials together, which convert the sun into electricity. Although they are rapidly evolving technologies, they are not easily available to consumers. The advantages of thin film panels are light weight and flexibility. They are highly adaptable and their performance is not affected by shadows or heat. However, they are not as efficient as polycrystalline and single crystal panels. They also need more space.
Polycrystalline: Made of square silicon, these solar panels usually have a crystalline appearance. They are more affordable than single crystal silicon, but not as efficient or durable as single crystal silicon. The manufacture of this type of panel reduces waste, making them the best choice for budget and eco-friendliness.