We have three types of technology utilized in the solar panels that are available in our market today that are Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline and Film amorphous. Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline are both types of solar cells typically made from crystalline silicon. Whenever you are looking for a solar panel in any market for your home use will come across crystalline solar panels.
In 2 to 3 years ago the commonly types of solar panel used in residential solar installations within America were basically monocrystalline solar panels until after three years when polycrystalline solar panels became popular and commonly used replacing the increased use of monocrystalline.
The Monocrystalline Silicon and polycrystalline solar panel are also known as “mono” and “poly” panels. According to my opinion, the choice you make between monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels is not something that should trouble you so much whenever you are purchasing a solar panel for your home uses.
Choosing a good solar panel brand is very important, and a good solar panel brand can only be acquired from a company that invests heavily in good reputation and still invests heavily on manufacturing process.
Both of the two brands we are talking about; Monocrystalline Silicon and polycrystalline solar panels are very similar in performance. The only thing that determines the workability outcome of these brands in terms of system is the lack of defects in the manufacturing process and still having a company that will replace the panels if their performance does not extend behold the warranted period.
Thin film is another type of technology, which is very different and less efficient though it takes much roof space. One of its advantages is that it can perform better under low light conditions or when there is partial system shading or high heat levels.
Advantages of Monocrystalline
Monocrystalline Silicon solar panels are made of highest grade of silicon and therefore they have highest efficiency rates. Solar City announced that it has come up with the moist efficient solar panels in October 2 2015, which are able to convert 22% sunlight into electricity.
After sometime, Panasonic announced that it has gone ahead the Solar City achievement whereby it produced a new world wide solar panel with the ability to convert 22.5% of sunlight to electricity on a commercial sized prototype by the use of solar cells based on high production technology.
The Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology confirmed the test results of the Panasonic solar panels. The newly developed technology will be enhanced by the 72 – cell, 270 – watt prototype.
Monocrystalline solar panels yield the highest power outputs and still they are space efficient compared to other types of solar panels. They produce marginally more power per square foot of space used in array.
Since Monocrystalline Silicon solar panels have long life span, most manufacturers give a 25-year warranty on the monocrystalline solar panels. There is usually a possibility that the two types of panels will last for more than 25 years since they are made of crystalline which is very inert and therefore able to last for a long period.
Whenever the temperatures goes high, solar cell electricity production tends to go down, Monocrystalline panels produce more electricity in warm weather. The degradation of output in monocrystalline solar panels is severe than in polycrystalline solar panels however their practice difference is very minimal. Temperature co – efficient is the levels at which power production of a solar panel goes down with the increase in temperature.