Thin Film Solar Panels: The Next Generation Of Solar Panels
Thanks to the rising cost of living coupled with run-away energy prices, more and more people are investing in renewable energy sources for their domestic power needs. This is why you can see roofs of private and public buildings fitted with solar panels.
These days, there are various types of solar panels based on the size and type of materials used in making them with the latest type that is gaining popularity being the thin film solar panels. This system is made up of an elastic piece of photovoltaic cells spread over a versatile material. Besides being flexible, they are lightweight making them pretty easy to carry from one point to another based on your needs. Their flexibility has also made them popular, especially with those who love camping in areas where there is no electric power. In a sense, you can actually go camping with your source of energy! All you have to do is roll up your system, get to it your camping site, spread it out in the sun and start powering your gadgets!
Seen by many as the next generation of photovoltaic cells, this equipment applies a manufacturing process, which involves spreading several thin layers of sunlight reactive materials onto a versatile base material.
This device applies the same concept and technology as that used in making traditional panels. The only difference is in the choice of the underlying material. Whereas traditional panels are made by spreading PV cells over glass or ceramic, these devices on the other hand are made by spreading PV cells over a versatile material that can be folded with ease. Assembling them also require limited yet expensive materials like silicon, cadmium and copper.
Advantages of thin panels over the traditional ones
i. Just as the name suggests, these devices are thin, lightweight and highly versatile. As such, they can be mounted on just about anything, provided that they will get sunlight exposure. They can be incorporated into curved shingles used in roofing, you can also roll them across your roof, building facade or in other places where traditional panels would not fit. This makes their installation very easy and less costly since there is not much hardware required to fix them.
ii. These devices require less material and chemical to produce. Despite their pricey production process, they are very efficient and thus can effectively compete with fossil fuel in terms of cost per watts.
When buying your thin film solar panels, consider choosing one with a higher wattage and quality especially if you want longer lasting equipment. It is also important that you know the right experts to contact for help should there be a problem with your system.
While this system may still not be within the reach of or suitable to many, they can certainly provide you with a clean and reliable way of generating additional electricity for your domestic needs. With the advancements in technology, thin film solar panels are destined to replace the traditional panels as the next frontier in clean energy sources.