Different Types of solar panels

Monocrystalline Solar Panels

Are made of single-crystal silicon, which is melted into bars, cut into thin layes, and treated with anti-reflective coating which improves its efficiency and gives it a darker look.
These aesthetically pleasing black solar panels are more expensive than other panels, they are also the most efficient panel for domestic households

Polycrystalline solar panels

These are made by melting multiple silicon crystals and then poured into a mould, which gives this panel it’s blue mosaic look.
They’re slightly more eco-friendly than their monocrystalline panels, because less silicon is wasted during the process, and they are often a cheaper option.

However, polycrystalline panels cost more per watt of power output, because they’re about one-third less efficient than monocrystalline panels.

Thin film solar panels

Are created by placing several thin layers of photovoltaic material – amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride, copper indium gallium selenide, or organic PV cells – on top of each other.
Depending on the material, their efficiency rating ranges from 7% to 13%.

This means thin film panels have a much lower efficiency rating than other types of solar panels, but their main asset is their flexibility.

Transparent solar panels

They can be placed on top of glass so you can generate solar energy while still letting sunlight through. One day, they’ll be integrated into all windows, mobile phones, and greenhouses.
They’re already available for households, but their low efficiency rate and high cost mean they’re usually not worth it.

Instead, they’re typically used on commercial buildings, where the savings can be multiplied across hundreds or thousands of windows return to our homepage to see what we offer

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