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Solar Cells

Solar cells are not new technology. Long ago scientists realised that solar cells had no fuel costs or fuel supply problems, could operate unattended and were very reliable with little maintenance required.

 

Much of what we have come to regard as normal everyday items depend on solar power to work. From watches to calculators to leisure equipment and road signs, solar power is already used by a vast array of items – and it’s all thanks to the properties of solar cells.

What are solar cells?

A solar cell – also known as a photovoltaic cell – is a small device that can take energy from visible light and transform it into electricity. While watches and calculators make use of small numbers of solar cells, to generate enough power to light your home many solar cells have to be arranged and connected into a solar panel. Every solar panels will have a glass sheet on the front of it to protect it from the elements, but let the light through.

 

How the solar cells are arranged determines how much power they can generate. Sets of solar cells are arranged in series to form modules, which are connected in parallel to create a high capacity panel.

The more modules arranged in parallel the higher the capacity and greater the amount of power the panel can generate. Most panels will generate 12v and these panels can also be wired together into an array – the number of panels needed will depend on the available light and the amount of energy required.

 

What types of solar panels are there?

There are three different types of solar panels for caravans and motorhomes:

 

Monocrystalline: efficiency rating of 15-17%, these are the most expensive types because they can be quite complicated to manufacture. They are a single slice of crystal and must be mounted in a rigid frame to protect them. They have the appearance of a single dark blue panel.

 

Polycrystalline: efficiency rating of about 12%. While these are cheaper than monocrystalline, they can lose efficiency if they get too hot. They are cut from a block of silicon that contains a large number of crystals and also need to be mounted on a rigid frame. They have the appearance of a lighter blue flecked appearance a little like broken glass.

 

Amorphous: efficiency rating of 6%, but can be more expensive as they are not that popular. This type of solar panels for caravans and motorhomes is composed of a thin film of amorphous (non-crystalline) silicon placed onto a surface, which if it flexible produces a completely flexible solar panel. They have the appearance of a glossy brown surface and some of the newest models can last up to 20 years.

 

What types of systems can solar cells be used for?

There are only two types of solar cell array systems; a grid connected system and a stand alone system.

 

Grid connected systems (photovoltaic systems) are integrated into the mains and are commonly seen on properties being used to supplement the grid electricity . The panels frequently produce more power than the property requires and the surplus can be sold back to the national grid.

 

Stand alone systems are ideal when power isn’t needed immediately and has to be stored in batteries, frequently for small devices like laptops and phones as well as larger items like leisure batteries for caravans and motorhomes.

 

Solar cells are the most versatile energy generating products you can buy and are capable of providing light, warmth and power for very little ongoing expense. To find out more about how you could financially benefit from having solar cells in your life  – even if you think you can’t afford to – call one of our solar cell experts now on 0800 043 ****.