Solar Panels For Home and the Differences Between Thin Film, Mono and Polycrystalline Solar Panels
When choosing solar panels for your home it is important that you know there are several different types. Each one of these types is different from the other and they all have their own pros and cons which you should know before you purchase them. Let me go through some of them with you. There are three different types on the market Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline and Amorphous or thin film solar panels. Each of these types is produce different from the other.The more complicated the solar panel is to produce, the more expensive it is.
Take for instance Monocrystalline Panels. There are the most expensive of the three because they go through a more complicated process to produce them. The amorphous or thin film solar panels is the cheapest type of panel because their structure needs less material to produce, thereby cutting their overall production cost.If you are looking for the perfect type of panel to install on your home, you would think Thin Films would be the better choose, well not quite. Yes Thin Films are cheaper but their efficiency is around forty percent less than the efficiency of Monocrystalline panels so you will need twice as much to get the same power output. The benefits of thin film are some are made from flexible laminate, which makes it easier to apply them to almost any surface and their efficiency does not decrease with temperature change when compared to Mono and Polycrystalline Panels.
The Monocrystalline panel is the most expensive but still the most efficient. If your looking for dependability and longevity (they last twenty five years and up) this is the right panel for you. The Polycrystalline Solar Panel is the most common panel that people use today. Their efficiency is just a little below the Monocrystalline type and they last almost as long. Polycrystalline Solar Panel is also cheaper than Monocrystalline panel. The disadvantage that these panels share is that they both lose their efficiency when the temperature reaches above fifty degrees Celsius. All of these panes have their advantages and disadvantages but they are all good in their own way.
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By Jeremy Samuel