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Types of Solar Panels

Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell (A-Si)
Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell (A-Si)

Amorphous silicon (a-Si) ... the energy output of amorphous silicon solar panels from ... of solar cell. The expected lifetime of amorphous cells is ...

Biohybrid Solar Cell
Biohybrid Solar Cell

A biohybrid solar cell is a solar cell made using a combination of organic matter (photosystem I) and inorganic matter. Biohybrid solar cells have been made by a team of researchers at Vanderbilt University.

Cadmium Telluride Solar Cell (CdTe)
Cadmium Telluride Solar Cell (CdTe)

The benefits of CdTe thin-film solar cells include: High absorption: Cadmium telluride is a direct-bandgap material with bandgap energy of about 1.45 defined (eV), which is well matched to the solar spectrum and nearly optimal for converting sunlight into electricity using a single junction.

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Concentrated PV Cell (CVP and HCVP)
Concentrated PV Cell (CVP and HCVP)

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Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIS/CIGS)
Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIS/CIGS)

A copper indium gallium selenide solar cell (or CIGS cell, sometimes CI(G)S or CIS cell) is a thin-film solar cell used to convert sunlight into electric power. It is manufactured by depositing a thin layer of copper, indium, gallium and selenide on glass or plastic backing, along with electrodes on the front and back to collect current.

Copper Indium Gallium Selenide Solar Cells (CI(G)S)
Copper Indium Gallium Selenide Solar Cells (CI(G)S)

A copper indium gallium selenide solar cell (or CIGS cell, sometimes CI(G)S or CIS cell) is a thin-film solar cell used to convert sunlight into electric power. It is manufactured by depositing a thin layer of copper, indium, gallium and selenide on glass or plastic backing, along with electrodes on the front and back to collect current.

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Crystalline Silicon Solar Cell (c-Si)
Crystalline Silicon Solar Cell (c-Si)

Crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells are currently the most common solar cells in use mainly because c-Si is stable, it delivers efficiencies in the range of 15% to 25%, it relies on established process technologies with an enormous database, and, in general, it has proven to be reliable.

Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC)
Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC)

A dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC, DSC, DYSC or Gr├Ątzel cell) is a low-cost solar cell belonging to the group of thin film solar cells. It is based on a semiconductor formed between a photo-sensitized anode and an electrolyte, a photoelectrochemical system.

Gallium Arsenide Germanium Solar Cell (GaAs)
Gallium Arsenide Germanium Solar Cell (GaAs)

Gallium Arsenide. GaAs is the highest performance solar material currently available, boasting conversion efficiencies in excess of 40%, nearly double those of crystalline silicon. This means that it can produce nearly twice as much power in a given surface area.

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Monocrystalline Solar Panels (Mono-SI)
Monocrystalline Solar Panels (Mono-SI)

Most solar panel manufacturers put a 25-year warranty on their monocrystalline solar panels. Because both types of crystalline solar panels are made from crystalline silicon, a very inert and stable material it is very likely that these solar panels will last much longer then their 25 year warranty life.

Organic Photovoltaic Cells (OPC)
Organic Photovoltaic Cells (OPC)

An organic solar cell or plastic solar cell is a type of photovoltaic that uses organic electronics, a branch of electronics that deals with conductive organic polymers or small organic molecules, for light absorption and charge transport to produce electricity from sunlight by the photovoltaic effect.

Polycrystalline Solar Panels (Poly-SI)
Polycrystalline Solar Panels (Poly-SI)

The first solar panels based on polycrystalline silicon, which also is known as polysilicon (p-Si) and multi-crystalline silicon (mc-Si), were introduced to the market in 1981. Unlike monocrystalline-based solar panels, polycrystalline solar panels do not require the Czochralski process. Raw silicon is melted and poured into a square mold, which is cooled and cut into perfectly square wafers.

Thin-Film Solar Cells (TFSC)
Thin-Film Solar Cells (TFSC)

A thin-film solar cell is a second generation solar cell that is made by depositing one or more thin layers, or thin film (TF) of photovoltaic material on a substrate, such as glass, plastic or metal.