What types of solar panels are the most suitable for you?

When starting your own solar power project for your home or business, you may ask yourself what types of solar panels are better for you. So if you want to learn about the different technologies behind a solar panel, this blog post is exactly what you’re looking for. Happy reading!

What are solar panelsSolar power remains the most popular energy source among Australians according to The Australia Institute’s 2019 Climate Of The Nation report. Based on survey responses of 1,960 Australians aged 18 years and older from across the country, a striking 76% rank solar power in their top three preferred energy sources. 

And since solar panels are one of the main components of a solar system, you should know what to choose before having them installed.

Are you looking for high-quality, state-of-the-art, strong and affordable solar panels? Talk to our lighting experts at Black Frog and explore an extensive range of products today!

What are solar panels?

Nowadays, different types of solar panels cover millions of rooftops around Australia, capturing as much sunlight as possible and convert it into energy for the users. Also known as ‘modules’, they are made up of many individual photovoltaic ‘cells’.  Technically, when sunlight hits a solar panel, it activates the electrons inside the photovoltaic cells, which begin to move around and create DC electricity.

Which are the main types of solar panels?

Which are the main types of solar panelsPolycrystalline

Polycrystalline solar panels use silicon crystal composed of many small grains disposed randomly within a solar cell. They do, however, appear perfectly rectangular with no rounded or squared edges.

Advantages:

  • One of the most affordable solar panels as polycrystalline silicon is relatively simple to manufacture.

Disadvantages:

  • If you need a high input, then you should definitely install more panels.
  • Extremely high temperatures may potentially alter their efficiency.

Monocrystalline

When it comes to monocrystalline technology, look for a diamond-shaped external colouring indicating high-purity silicon. Unlike the polycrystalline, these panels leverage single large grains of crystal to create each silicon module. This way, they produce more electricity than other types of solar panels.

Advantages:

  • The monocrystalline panels have the highest efficiency rates, so fewer panels are required.

Disadvantages:

  • The most expensive panel type due to their complicated manufacturing process.
  • Efficiency can suffer in extremely high temperatures.

Thin-Film

Finally, thin-film technology is not composed of highly refined silicon crystals but is instead one continuous material. There are four basic types of thin-film solar photovoltaics (TFPV), classified by the photovoltaic material that is used. The principle of TFPV, however, is the same as that of crystalline PV: light strikes the material and excites electrons, which then ‘flow’ through some permutation of a p-n junction, generating electricity which is captured and used.

Advantages:

  • More affordable than monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels
  • Plus, performance is not affected by extremely high temperatures, making them a good choice for hot climates

Disadvantages:

  • Less efficient than monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels, so you require more panels to get the same output.
  • Due to their structure, they tend to degrade faster than the other two types of solar panels

In conclusion, whether you choose polycrystalline, monocrystalline or thin-film solar panels, you should ask the experts first. Our specialised team at Black Frog Solar are always happy to offer personalized advice so that you fully enjoy the benefits of your new solar power system.

If you need any commercial solar lighting solutions, call BlackFrog Solar at 07 3881 1990 and schedule a free consultation today.

Until next time, treat your batteries right and they will reward you with a long life!

Your friend and solar lighting experts,

The BlackFrog Solar Team

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