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as solar cells.. An installation of photovoltaic modules or panels is known as a photovoltaic array. Photovoltaic cells typically require protection from the environment. For cost and practicality reasons a number of cells are connected electrically and packaged in a photovoltaic module, while a collection of these modules that are mechanically fastened together, wired, and designed to be a field-installable unit, sometimes with a glass covering and a frame and backing made of metal, plastic or fiberglass, are known as a photovoltaic panel or simply solar panel.
While describing about the PV module the very common term being used is Photovoltaic cells known as PV cells or solar cells. Thus as mentioned below we have described about what is PV cell. Photovoltaic cells are one of the most basic components of solar energy production. A solar cell or photovoltaic cell is a device that converts sunlight directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect. Sometimes the term solar cell is used for devices that are intended specifically to capture energy from sunlight, while the term photovoltaic cell is used when the light source is unspecified. Assemblies of cells are used to make solar panels, solar modules, or photovoltaic arrays.
Nevertheless. even though it is a relatively poor absorber of light and requires a considerable thickness (several hundred microns) of material.Photovoltaic is the field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells in producing electricity for practical use. . Two types of crystalline silicon are used in the industry. The second is multi-crystalline silicon. The first is mono-crystalline. produced by slicing wafers (up to 150mm diameter and 350 microns thick) from a high-purity single crystal boule. it has proved convenient because it yields stable solar cells with good efficiencies and uses process technology developed from the huge knowledge base of the microelectronics industry. The main trend in crystalline silicon cell manufacture is toward multi-crystalline technology. The energy generated this way is an example of solar energy (also called solar power). made by sawing a cast block of silicon first into bars and then wafers. Solar PV Technology The solar PV energy technology can be broadly classified as follows: Crystalline silicon solar cells crystalline silicon (c-Si) has been used as the light-absorbing semiconductor in most solar cells.
More wattage per square foot can be delivered with these panels. Like other types of solar panels. thirty one inches in width. making them a worthwhile investment for long term use. If you¶ve ever seen black or iridescent blue panels on a roof or powering a device. and is more efficient. mono crystalline solar modules suffer a reduction in output once the temperature from the sunlight reaches around fifty degrees Celsius/a hundred and fifteen degrees Fahrenheit. not multiple crystals fused together. Here¶s a look at the benefits of mono crystalline solar panels. That means a rigid mounting is a must. but not necessarily the first choice for every home! Mono crystalline photovoltaic electric solar energy panels have been the go-to choice for many years. with an aluminum frame. however. and most dependable of technologies. These are generally considered the workhorses of the solar power market. If space is a concern (which it often is with solar panels). though more expensive. and are among the oldest. and weighs thirty-three pounds. and most people will choose mono crystalline panels due to their ready availability. However. made up of uniformly stacked rounded cells. the process of making them is one of the most complex and costly ones around. mono crystalline will be the best type to use. Each module is made from a single silicon crystal. The average 175 watt panel is about sixty-three inches in length. Because they¶re made from just one crystal. than the newer and cheaper polycrystalline types. These panels are extremely fragile. Reductions of between twelve and fifteen percent can be expected. they were probably mono crystalline panels.The market share of the crystalline silicon solar cells is 78-80% Mono crystalline Mono crystalline solar panels are one the most efficient commercially viable photovoltaic solar collectors. The lifespan of a mono crystalline cell is a minimum of twenty-five years and can be more than fifty. These panels are easily identifiable. a little over an inch high. that increased cost is buying additional efficiency. meaning one panel will produce more power than lower priced options. most efficient. These . That means every panel will cost more.
Polycrystalline solar modules are less efficient than those made from a single crystal. These panels are square in shape. The durability and longevity. and efficiency mean that they¶re a good buy over a longer period of time. and cost far less to manufacture. because they are made up of only silicon crystals. however. They¶re costlier than polycrystalline options. and may have a surface that looks somewhat like a mosaic. polycrystalline A polycrystalline solar panel module is made from a block of silicon that has multiple crystals. This makes them much less expensive for buyers. These are called monocrystalline modules. but their longevity. However. Other types of panels may appear smooth and even. they are much simpler to produce. For those putting together a long term solar setup who want to know they have access to the best and most reliable panels on the market. are comparable to their . performance. these are the modules to rely on.are lower than the reductions in output experienced by polycrystalline cells. mono crystalline types are probably the best bet. but they still need to be factored into the calculations and design for any solar power system. When you want to be sure you¶re producing the highest wattage per square foot. The third type of panel uses a thin film layer of material otherwise known as amorphous. That¶s because of all the different crystals that make up the module.
they can be an inexpensive way to put together a solar power generation system. Polycrystalline solar panel modules could put solar power into the hands of people who could not afford the monocrystalline cells. and are rated on a standard of twenty-five degrees Celsius (about seventy-seven degrees Fahrenheit). these panels cost between eight and a half and ten dollars a watt. That may sound like a lot. Anyone working with a solar power system should take temperature into account when working out their costs and design. but these are dark colored panels in direct sun. Kyocera. Polycrystalline solar panels have pros and cons. Panels operating at a higher temperature ± fifty degrees Celsius or more ± will be a lot less efficient. and Sharp. The likelihood of them rising to those temperatures is greater than you think. See if they¶re what your alternative energy system needs. That means twelve percent of the energy in the sunlight that strikes these panels is converted into electricity. Common brands of panels made up of polycrystalline modules include BP SX (formerly Solarex). but in the end. Generally. . It should be noted that these standards apply to all solar panels ± not just the polycrystalline type. direct sunlight will produce between one hundred twenty and one hundred twenty-five watts of power. and have about a twelve to twelve and a half percent conversion efficiency. without having a long list of disadvantages. Expect the panels to lose somewhere between fourteen and twenty-three percent of their power converting capacity in these conditions. It should be remembered that standard ratings are not always indicative of the conditions in which you will be using your panels.monocrystalline cousins. They are much less costly than monocrystalline panels and simpler. A square meter of panel exposed to full. These panels assume relatively cool climates.
Concentrating photovoltaic technology offers the following advantages: y y y y y y y Potential for solar cell efficiencies greater than 40% No moving parts No intervening heat transfer surface Near-ambient temperature operation No thermal mass. However. These solar cells are typically more expensive than conventional cells used for flat-plate photovoltaic systems.Concentrating photovoltaic Concentrating photovoltaic systems use lenses or mirrors to concentrate sunlight onto highefficiency solar cells. . fast response Reduction in costs of cells relative to optics Scalable to a range of sizes. the concentration decreases the required cell area while also increasing the cell efficiency.
and install reliable prototype systems. Better stability requires the use of a thinner layers in order to increase the electric . In its simplest form. the cell structure has a single sequence of p-i-n layers. high-efficiency solar cells requires the use of concentrated sunlight for systems to achieve a cost-effective comparison with both the cost of concentrator optics and other solar power options. The mechanism of degradation is called the Staebler-Wronski Effect. NREL has focused on the development of multi-cell packages (dense arrays) to improve overall performance. Thin film solar cells Amorphous silicon is the most well developed of the thin film technologies. improve cooling. after its discoverers.The high cost of advanced. Such cells suffer from significant degradation in their power output (in the range 15-35%) when exposed to the sun.
field strength across the material. but simple manufacturing processes need to be pursued in a focussed manner. etc. reflector.) using different techniques (PVD. buffer. Research and development in new.). exotic and simple materials and devices. Cheap and moderately efficient TFSC are expected to receive a due commercial place under the . this reduces light absorption and hence cell efficiency. metal or insulator) can be used for deposition of different layers (contact. absorber. CVD. For large-area devices required for realistic applications. A variety of substrates (flexible or rigid. etc. plasmabased. Which cell(s) and which technologies will ultimately succeed commercially continue to be anybody¶s guess. Proper understanding of thin-film deposition processes can help in achieving highefficiency devices over large areas. but it would surely be determined by the simplicity of manufacturability and the cost per reliable watt. Thin film solar cells (TFSC) are a promising approach for terrestrial and space photovoltaics and offer a wide variety of choices in terms of the device design and fabrication. Such versatility allows tailoring and engineering of the layers in order to improve device performance. hybrid. thin-film device fabrication becomes complex and requires proper control over the entire process sequence. as has been demonstrated commercially for different cells. However. and innovative. ECD.
There are three main types of thin film used: 1. about 2GWof solar cells are being used worldwide in a variety of applications. the best single crystal Si solar cells have reached an efficiency of 24_7%.Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) CdTe is a semiconductor compound formed from cadmium and tellurium. Large-scale production of solar cells during the year 2002 worldwide3 stood above 500MWp. developing and developed. Today. Human life-style being a matter of power is a well-documented fact and the poor and developing countries (ironically blessed with copious sun power) with limited conventional power sources. . The modern era of photovoltaic device technology reached its Golden Jubilee year in 2003. but CdTe panels perform significantly better in high temperatures due to a lower temperature coefficient. CdTe is not as efficient as crystalline silicon. They are the most common type of thin film solar panel on the market and the most costeffective to manufacture. consisting _40% of single crystal Si and _51% multicrystalline Si cells and about 8% based on thin-film amorphous Si solar cells. are seriously involved in creating and nurturing the PV industries. Today. A large number of countries. CdTe solar panels are manufactured on glass.sun.1 Since the discovery of a p±n junction Si photovoltaic (PV) device2 reported in 1954. compared with the theoretical maximum value of 30%. the science and technology of PV devices (solar cells) and systems have undergone revolutionary developments. Cumulatively. ranging from severalMWof stand-alone / grid connected power stations to severalMWof lowpower electronic devices.
first used in consumer items such as calculators. Indium. Amorphous Silicon Amorphous silicon is the non-crystalline form of silicon and was the first thin film material to yield a commercial product. PV Technology Comparison . Copper. though it is less efficient at converting sunlight into electricity. It can be deposited in thin layers onto a variety of surfaces and offers lower costs than traditional crystalline silicon.2. CIGS has only recently become available for small commercial applications. Selenide (CIGS) CIGS is a compound semiconductor that can be deposited onto many different materials. 3. Gallium.
. There are a couple types of each and each has its positive and negative factors. Crystalline and Thin Films.Types of Solar Modules There are two major categories of solar modules.
Solar panel efficiency can be a tricky issue. In other words: How much electricity can a solar panel produce from a certain amount of sunlight. Flat-panel vs. they are just making their judgments on different criteria. cystalline silicon panel We can say generally that solar panel efficiency ranges from about 6% to over 20%. thinfilm technology is competitive with traditional solar panels. it has an efficiency of 10%. So if a solar panel creates a hundred watts of power from a thousand watts of sunlight. Why would anyone buy these less efficient panels? Well. So if you look at it from the "how much electricity do I get for my money" point of view. . crystalline silicon panel issue. Lab results vs. Different companies claim to have the most efficient panel and they're not lying. In the 6% efficiency range we have the products of companies like Uni-Solar and Kaneka. That's quite a range isn't it? But there is a good reason for it and it involves the flat-panel vs. these companies produce thin-film solar products and not the traditional solar panels we're used to. the main reason is that they're cheaper.Efficiency Of Solar Cells If we're trying to judge solar panel efficiency we should probably know what "efficiency" means? Module efficiency refers to the ratio of output power to input power. commercially available product 2. As you may have guessed. The two main category separations for "most efficient" are: 1.
g. Depending on your climate. Sanyo's "HIT Double" line uses crystalline silicon for the majority of the module's power output. thin-film technology is actually more efficient than traditional solar panels in cloudy conditions and on hot days. The average efficiency for crystalline silicon ("traditional") solar panels is in the 11%-13% range. So how have some panels achieved 20% efficiency? They've combined thin-film technology with crystalline silicon technology. This bifacial idea may be a perfect solution if you have limited space and are looking to maximize power output. The important thing to remember is that unless you have a pressing reason to go with highefficiency panels (e. SunPower has just announced that they have developed a 333 Watt solar panel with a 20.Also. Combining module efficiency with cost will really let you know what you're getting for your money. you should be more concerned with how many watts of power you're getting for your dollar.4% total area efficiency. Sanyo is the leader in this "bifacial" module market. . this could be a big plus. Unfortunately it will still be a while before it's available commercially. Thin-film technology is then used on the back of the panel to capture ambient light reflected off surrounding surfaces. Also. limited space).
The efficiency and area of solar cells in different technologies: .
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