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. 664-6778
Mfr. Part No.AM-1815CA
BrandSanyo
TWD201.00
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- 4.9V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 58.1 x 48.6 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 58.1mm +60°C -10°C 48.6mm -
RS Stock No. 664-6775
Mfr. Part No.AM-1801CA
BrandSanyo
TWD116.00
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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
TWD86.00
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- 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
TWD76.00
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- 2.4V - - - - - 25 x 10 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 25mm +60°C -10°C 10mm -
RS Stock No. 664-6788
Mfr. Part No.AM-5412CAR
BrandSanyo
TWD231.00
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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. 664-6794
Mfr. Part No.AM-5610CAR
BrandSanyo
TWD145.00
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18mW 5.1V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 25 x 20 x 2.3mm 2.3mm 25mm +60°C -10°C 20mm -
RS Stock No. 188-1234
Mfr. Part No.310268
BrandPhaesun
TWD5,961.00
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100W - 36 - 100W - - 1240 x 505 x 35mm 35mm 1.24m - - 505mm -
RS Stock No. 664-6781
Mfr. Part No.AM-1819CA
BrandSanyo
TWD86.00
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- 4.9V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 31 x 24 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 31mm +60°C -10°C 24mm -
RS Stock No. 882-9073
Mfr. Part No.MIKROE-651
TWD362.00
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RS Stock No. 188-1237
Mfr. Part No.310251
BrandPhaesun
TWD9,485.00
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160W - 36 - 160W - - 1508 x 680 x 35mm 35mm 1.508m - - 680mm -
RS Stock No. 188-1239
Mfr. Part No.310287
BrandPhaesun
TWD4,742.00
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35W - 33 - 35W - 20% 510 x 415 x 35mm 35mm 510mm - - 415mm -
RS Stock No. 664-6797
Mfr. Part No.AM-5605CAR
BrandSanyo
TWD675.00
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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. 188-1242
Mfr. Part No.310292
BrandPhaesun
TWD12,094.00
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110W - 32 - 110W - 20% 1037 x 527 x 35mm 35mm 1.037m - - 527mm -
RS Stock No. 188-1238
Mfr. Part No.310269
BrandPhaesun
TWD12,184.00
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200W - 72 - 200W - - 1580 x 808 x 40mm 40mm 1.58m - - 808mm -
RS Stock No. 188-1235
Mfr. Part No.310306
BrandPhaesun
TWD6,467.00
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100W - 72 - 100W - - 734 x 1001 x 35mm 35mm 734mm - - 1.001m -
RS Stock No. 188-1240
Mfr. Part No.310288
BrandPhaesun
TWD9,533.00
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70W - 32 x 2 - 70W - 20% 725 x 535 x 35mm 35mm 725mm - - 535mm -
RS Stock No. 188-1232
Mfr. Part No.310200
BrandPhaesun
TWD3,415.00
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50W - 36 - 50W - - 650 x 505 x 35mm 35mm 650mm - - 505mm -
RS Stock No. 188-1246
Mfr. Part No.310294
BrandPhaesun
TWD20,234.00
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160W - 72 x 2 - 160W - 20% 1082 x 796 x 35mm 35mm 1.082m - - 796mm -
RS Stock No. 188-1241
Mfr. Part No.310291
BrandPhaesun
TWD14,606.00
Each
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110W - 32 - 110W - 20% 1037 x 527 x 35mm 35mm 1.037m - - 527mm -
RS Stock No. 188-1230
Mfr. Part No.310168
BrandPhaesun
TWD2,319.00
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20W - 36 - 20W - - 455 x 380 x 34mm 34mm 455mm - - 380mm -