Photovoltaic Solar Panels

Solar Panels


Photovoltaic (PV) is the term related to the conversion of light into electricity using semiconducting materials that exhibit the photovoltaic effect. A typical use of this technology is solar panels which comprise of solar cells that generate solar power. They can be installed on south-facing roofs, walls or on the ground, and can be fixed or have a solar tracker that follows the sun across the sky. The installation of solar panels is highly beneficial for both private and commercial users as the solar energy turned into electricity can be sold to the energy supplier. The feed-in tariff can reduce energy bills and cost of solar panel installation.



The advantage of this type of energy source is that it is clean energy, so generates no pollution and no greenhouse gas emissions. It is however dependent on direct sunlight so around 10% to 25% is lost when a tracking system is not used.




How Does a Solar Panel Work?


The solar cells within a solar panel produce direct current electricity from sunlight. The solar panels consist of several solar cells which contain layers of photovoltaic material, usually silicon. When sunlight shines on the cells they create an electric field across the layers. The more sunlight there is, the more electricity is produced.
Solar inverters are then used to change the electric current from DC to AC. The electricity is then sent using copper solar cables which connect modules, arrays, and subfields.



What are typical applications of solar panels?


Most photovoltaic solar panels are used for grid-connected power generation, however, they can also be used on:



  • Boats

  • Roadside emergency telephones

  • Electric cars



How much energy can solar panels generate?


Photovoltaic solar panels can often be seen on the rooftops of houses. Typically, residential rooftop systems generate around 5 kWh to 10 kWh of energy whereas commercial rooftop systems can generate several hundred kilowatts. Rural villages in developing countries which do not have access to grid power are also using solar panels to create solar farms.




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Description Price Power Rating Open Circuit Voltage Number of Cells Battery Bank Capacity Peak Power Type Efficiency Dimensions Depth Length Maximum Temperature Minimum Temperature Width Mounting Style
RS Stock No. 664-6775
Mfr. Part No.AM-1801CA
BrandSanyo
TWD69
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- 4.9V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 53 x 25 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 53mm +60°C -10°C 25mm -
RS Stock No. 664-6769
Mfr. Part No.AM-1417CA
BrandSanyo
TWD29
Each
units
- 2.4V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 35 x 13.9 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 35mm +60°C -10°C 13.9mm -
RS Stock No. 664-6766
Mfr. Part No.AM-1456CA
BrandSanyo
TWD76
Each
units
- 2.4V - - - - - 25 x 10 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 25mm +60°C -10°C 10mm -
New
RS Stock No. 179-3740
Mfr. Part No.313070004
TWD83
Each
units
0.5W 8.2V - - - Solar Panel Kit - 70 x 55 x 3mm 3mm 70mm - - 55mm -
RS Stock No. 664-6823
Mfr. Part No.AM-7A03CAR
BrandSanyo
TWD1,223
Each
units
1.336W 8.6V - - - - - 150 x 165 x 2.3mm 2.3mm 150mm +60°C -10°C 165mm -
RS Stock No. 664-6788
Mfr. Part No.AM-5412CAR
BrandSanyo
TWD139
Each
units
93mW 3.4V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 50.1 x 33.1 x 2.3mm 2.3mm 50.1mm +60°C -10°C 33.1mm -
RS Stock No. 525-681
Mfr. Part No.BP340J
BrandAmeresco
TWD12,750
Each
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40W 21.8V 36 - - Polycrystalline - 655 x 537 x 50mm 50mm 655mm +85°C -40°C 537mm -
RS Stock No. 664-6826
Mfr. Part No.AM-5904CAR
BrandSanyo
TWD123
Each
units
52mW 7.7V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 40.1 x 33.1 x 2.3mm 2.3mm 40.1mm +60°C -10°C 33.1mm -
RS Stock No. 860-2865
Mfr. Part No.SPR 130_12
BrandPhaesun
TWD12,709
Each
units
130W 23.5V 36 - - Monocrystalline 15.1% 1082 x 796 x 35mm 35mm 1.082m - - 796mm -
RS Stock No. 664-6794
Mfr. Part No.AM-5610CAR
BrandSanyo
TWD97
Each
units
18mW 5.1V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 25 x 20 x 2.3mm 2.3mm 25mm +60°C -10°C 20mm -
RS Stock No. 860-2831
Mfr. Part No.ET-53610
BrandETSolar
TWD2,640
Each
units
10W 21.96V 36 - 10W Monocrystalline - 383 x 299 x 35mm 35mm 383mm +44.4°C - 299mm -
RS Stock No. 760-0256
Mfr. Part No.AM-5912CAR
BrandPanasonic
TWD365
Each
units
80mW 5V 1 - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 42.9 x 47.2 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 42.9mm +60°C -10°C 47.2mm -
RS Stock No. 664-6797
Mfr. Part No.AM-5605CAR
BrandSanyo
TWD675
Each
units
401mW 5.1V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 117.8 x 62.3 x 2.3mm 2.3mm 117.8mm +60°C -10°C 62.3mm -
RS Stock No. 882-9073
Mfr. Part No.MIKROE-651
TWD339
Each
units
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RS Stock No. 664-6781
Mfr. Part No.AM-1819CA
BrandSanyo
TWD33
Each
units
- 4.9V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 31 x 24 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 31mm +60°C -10°C 24mm -