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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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Part Details Brand Stock Power Rating Open Circuit Voltage Number of Cells Battery Bank Capacity Peak Power Type Efficiency Dimensions Depth Length Maximum Temperature Minimum Temperature Width Terminal Contact Type Protection Type Mounting Style Standards Met
Seeed Studio 0.5W solar panel Seeed Studio 0 0.5W 8.2V - - - Solar Panel Kit - 70 x 55 x 3mm 3mm 70mm - - 55mm - - - -
Solar Panel 4.0V 100mA 70x65x3.2mm MikroElektronika 69 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
BP Solar 1.01W Polycrystalline solar panel BP Solar 31 1.01W - - - - Polycrystalline - 162 x 140 x 10mm 10mm 162mm +85°C -40°C 140mm - - - -
5w RS Solar Panel Bulk Pack (5 Panels) RS Pro 30 5W 22V - 35Ah 30W Polycrystalline 17% 306 x 218 x 25mm 25mm 306mm +85°C -40°C 218mm Ring Battery Discharge Surface Mount CE, IEC 61215, IEC 61215:1993, IEC 61710 (Salt Mist Corrosion Test), ISO 9001 (2008), RoHS, TUV
Solar Panel,Glass,Iope=31.0uA,41.6x26.3 Sanyo 29 - 2.4V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 41.6 x 26.3 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 41.6mm +60°C -10°C 26.3mm - - - -
RS PRO 20W Polycrystalline solar panel RS Pro 22 20W 21.6V - - - Polycrystalline - 505 x 345 x 3mm 3mm 505mm +80°C -40°C 345mm Ring Hot Spot Wall Mount -
10w RS Flexi Solar Panel Bulk Pack 5pk RS Pro 20 10W 21.6V 36 - - Polycrystalline 17% 390 x 250 x 3mm 3mm 390mm +80°C -40°C 250mm Ring - Surface Mount CE, IEC 61215, IEC 61215:1993, IEC 61710 (Salt Mist Corrosion Test), ISO 9001 (2008), TUV
60w RS Solar Panel Bulk Pack (5 Panels) RS Pro 20 60W 22V - 10Ah 270W Polycrystalline 17% 685 x 670 x 35mm 35mm 685mm +85°C -40°C 670mm Ring Battery Overcharge Surface Mount CE, IEC 61215, IEC 61215:1993, IEC 61710 (Salt Mist Corrosion Test), ISO 9001 (2008), TUV
RS PRO 10W Polycrystalline solar panel RS Pro 12 10W 21.6V - - - Polycrystalline - 390 x 250 x 3mm 3mm 390mm +80°C -40°C 250mm Ring Hot Spot Wall Mount -
Solar Panel,Glass,Iope=84.0uA,96.7x56.7 Sanyo 10 - 4.9V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 96.7 x 56.7 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 96.7mm +60°C -10°C 56.7mm - - - -
PV Logic Polycrystalline solar panel PV Logic 9 - 22V - 35Ah 5W Polycrystalline - 306 x 218 x 25mm 25mm 306mm +85°C -40°C 218mm Ring - Wall Mount -
Solar Panel,Glass,Iope=42.0uA,58.1x48.6 Sanyo 9 - 4.9V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 58.1 x 48.6 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 58.1mm +60°C -10°C 48.6mm - - - -
RS PRO 150W Monocrystalline solar panel RS Pro 8 150W 22V - 10Ah 720W Monocrystalline 17% 1490 x 670 x 35mm 35mm 1.49m +85°C -40°C 670mm Ring Battery Overcharge Surface Mount CE, IEC 61215, IEC 61215:1993, IEC 61710 (Salt Mist Corrosion Test), ISO 9001 (2008), TUV
PV Logic Polycrystalline solar panel PV Logic 7 - 23V - 10Ah 100W Polycrystalline - 1055 x 670 x 35mm 35mm 1.055m +85°C -40°C 670mm Ring - Wall Mount -
Sanyo 190mW Amorphous Solar Cell solar panel Sanyo 7 190mW 6V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 57.7 x 55.1 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 57.7mm +60°C -10°C 55.1mm - - - -
PV Logic Polycrystalline solar panel PV Logic 6 - 22V - 10Ah 30W Polycrystalline - 660 x 380 x 25mm 25mm 660mm +85°C -40°C 380mm Ring - Wall Mount -
20w RS Flexi Solar Panel Bulk Pack 5pk RS Pro 5 20W 21.6V 36 10Ah 60W Polycrystalline 17% 505 x 345 x 3mm 3mm 505mm +80°C -40°C 345mm Ring - Surface Mount CE, IEC 61215, IEC 61215:1993, IEC 61710 (Salt Mist Corrosion Test), ISO 9001 (2008), TUV
30w RS Solar Panel Bulk Pack (5 Panels) RS Pro 5 30W 22V - 10Ah 180W Monocrystalline 17% 660 x 380 x 25mm 25mm 660mm +85°C -40°C 380mm Ring Battery Overcharge Surface Mount CE, IEC 61215, IEC 61215:1993, IEC 61710 (Salt Mist Corrosion Test), ISO 9001 (2008), TUV
PV Logic Polycrystalline solar panel PV Logic 4 - 22V - 10Ah 120W Polycrystalline - 1250 x 670 x 35mm 35mm 1.25m +85°C -40°C 670mm Ring - Wall Mount -
Sanyo 125mW Amorphous Solar Cell solar panel Sanyo 4 125mW 4.7V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 58.4 x 56 x 0.4mm 0.4mm 58.4mm +60°C -10°C 56mm - - - -
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