Types of solar panels

There are 2 main types of  solar panels. Solar PV cells are only small in size so this means you have to connect multiple cells together to form a module as detailed below.

Solar PV Cell

Solar PV Cell

A solar PV cell (also known as photovoltaic cell) is a solid state electrical device that will converts direct

light energy into electricity by the photovoltaic effect. Assemblies of cells used to make solar modules

which are used to capture energy from sunlight, are known as solar panels. The energy generated from

these solar modules, referred to as solar power, is an example of solar energy. PV Cells is a technology

related to the practical application of solar photovoltaic cells that produces electricity from light,it is most

commonly used to the generation electricity from sunlight. photovoltaic cells are when the light source

generates electricity and it does not necessarily need to be sunlight.

 

 

Solar PV Module

PV Module

 

PV Module also known as “photovoltaic module” or a “photovoltaic panel” is a packet of, inter-connecting solar cells, it is also known as photovoltaic cells. The solar panel can be used to generate and supply electricity in commercial and residential properties. A single solar panel can only produce a limited amount of power, many of the installations contain many panels. Solar Panel systems typically includes an array of solar panels, an inverter, and inter-connection wiring.

PV modules come in different shapes and sizes, Whether it be Monocrystalline, Polycrystaslline or thin film (amorphous)

Monocrystalline

Monocrystalline solar cells are cut from a chunk of silicon that has been grown from a single crystal. These cells are used in high quality solar panels and are very efficient in converting the sunlight into electricity.Monocrystaline solar panels produce the same power as a Polycrystalline solar panel, however the cells tend to have a uniform appearance.

Their life expectancy is the longest of any solar panel that you can buy, they usually come with guaranteed lifetime-warranties of 25-30 years, and some of these panels are likely to last for up to 50 years, they will however lose some efficiency over there lifetime and the standard drop over a 50 year period is about 25%.

Types of solar panels making money from solar powerPolycrystalline

A Polycrystalline solar cell is cut from multifaceted silicon crystal. Polycrystalline solar panels produce the same power as a moncrystalline solar panel , however the cells tend to have a unique appearance, similar to that of shattered glass.

Recent benefits in the polycrystalline solar panels, have made them more and more similar in efficiency as their monocrystalline brother. There biggest  advantage is that they usually come at a lesser price and their greatest drawback  are that they are very sensitive to shade and a little more affected by high temperatures.
These panels i would recommend for people that want low priced, efficient panels and don’t have problems with shade from nearby trees or buildings.

Thin film

Thin film solar panels have a range of applications because of their flexibility. Thin film solar panels can be applied to curved surfaces, portable, rolled and other applications. Thin film is less efficient than crystalline cells, however they are continuing to become more and more efficient.

The thin-film option is perhaps the best selection if you have a large roof and want a simple installation involving simply rolling out the panels and letting the glue underneath just stick to the surface. They come at a lesser cost than crystalline panels, are flexible and won’t break or smash if handled roughly. These may be worth considering if you are afraid of breaking the solar panels.