One of the foremost choices to make when it comes to procuring a solar system is with regards to the type of solar panel you wish to install. There are broadly three types of solar panels available and each differs from the other in terms of cost, efficiency and aesthetics.
This type of panel gets its name from the fact that each cell in the panel has a single crystal of silicon which allows free movement of electrons through the cell, taking its efficiency upto 20% and more. High efficiency means lesser requirement for space and hence, these panels are best suited for residential use as space can be managed efficiently. Monocrystalline panels contain either 60 or 72 cells, depending on the size of the panel. The silicon cells are in the shape of black squares with their corners cut off, giving the panels a deep black aesthetic look.
Multiple crystals go into making each cell in these panels which restrict the free flow of electrons through the cell. Their efficiency ranges between 15% and 17% but with increasing innovation in technology, this is expected to improve. Compared to Monocrystalline panels, these panels require more space and therefore, may be slightly challenging to accommodate in a residential setting. These panels also contain 60 or 72 cells but multiple crystals give them a marbled blue appearance, which may not be aesthetically pleasing. However, Polycrystalline panels are more affordable which, despite factors like space and efficiency, has enabled the product to make galloping strides even in the residential market segment in recent years.
Thin Film Solar Panels
These panels are solid black in colour and do not have any silicon cell outlines. Being lightweight and flexible, these are easy to carry and install. Thin-Film panels are the least energy-efficient (10-13% range) and are only suitable for large establishments like industries and utility solar projects with ample space. Being extremely cost-effective due to low energy efficiency and ease of installation makes these panels all the more suited for large-scale commercial establishments. These have a very short life expectancy and require frequent replacement. Depending on the material they’re made of, these panels can be both blue and black.
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