Types of solar panels
what are the differents amony mono crytalline, poly crytalline and thinfilm solar cells?
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What are monocrystalline, poly or multicrystalline and thin film solar cells?
A polycrystalline solar panel module is made from a block of silicon that has multiple crystals.
Other types of panels may appear smooth and even, because they are made up of only silicon crystals. These are called monocrystalline modules.
The third type of panel uses a thin film layer of material otherwise known as amorphous.
What are their characteristics?
Most people will choose monocrystalline panels due to their ready availability. Because they’re made from just one crystal, not multiple crystals fused together, the process of making them is very complex and costly . However, it has additional efficiency, And it occupies less space. It lasts for twenty-five years to more than fifty. These panels are extremely fragile.
A polycrystalline solar panel module is made from a block of silicon that has multiple crystals. They are less efficient than those made from a single crystal, are much simpler to produce, and cost far less to manufacture. They are cheaper but last as long as the monocrystalline cells.
Thin-film solar technologies often use non-silicon semiconductor materials including copper etc. Without the expensive and often sparse silicon, the cells are cheaper in terms of materials costs. The non-silicon materials can also be printed on flexible or light substances, which can create new applications for solar. But thin films, aren’t yet as efficient as silicon-based solar, and can remain pricey due to their high production costs.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystalline_silicon#S... http://www.solarpowerfast.com/build-solar-panel/po... http://www.solarpowerfast.com/build-solar-panel/mo...