Which is The Best Type of Solar Panel for Industrial Use?
Different solar panel types are appropriate for various needs and objectives. The location plays a big role in choosing the best kind of solar panels for industrial applications because sunlight can be used differently in space and on Earth. By dividing solar panels into generations, we will distinguish between them in this blog.
Type of Solar Panel for Industrial Use
Based on the categorization, we will help you pick the best solar panel type for your project. If you need any help or if any questions remain unanswered, let us know and we will help you figure it out.
First-Generation Solar Panels
Traditionally, monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels are the most widely used first-generation solar panels so we are going to discuss these in detail here.
Monocrystalline Solar Panels
The best solar panel option available is manufactured with monocrystalline silicon and is known as a monocrystalline panel. The rounded corners and evenly dark look of these solar panels make them easy to identify. The high silicon purity level of monocrystalline solar panels adds to their high efficiency. It’s interesting to note that the most recent monocrystalline panels on the market have an efficiency level of above 20%. In fact, the latest monocrystalline panels which feature a Half-cell PERC technology can have an efficiency of up to 24%.
Monocrystalline panels are also more compact, have a long shelf life, and produce a lot of power. Extreme weather conditions like high temperatures have the least impact on them. These solar panels are more expensive than comparable ones due to their exceptional benefits. If you have less space available for your project and need a lot of electricity generated then monocrystalline panels are a great choice.
Polycrystalline Solar Panels
Silicon is used to create polycrystalline, which is then melted and put into square molds to produce enormous blocks. Multiple crystal formations form inside the panel as a result of the cooling and solidification of the silicon. Compared to monocrystalline panels, this production process is less expensive and energy-intensive.
Panels made of polycrystalline material have unique capabilities. They function well in high-temperature environments and have an efficiency rate that normally falls between 15% and 17%. They are useful for areas with limited sunlight since they can produce power even in dim lighting. Additionally, polycrystalline panels are more cost-effective for consumers because of their shorter payback period and reduced production costs.
There are a few significant variations between polycrystalline and monocrystalline panels that should be taken into account. Monocrystalline panels have better efficiencies since they are made of a single, pure crystal structure. Due to their increased power output per square foot, they operate more effectively in small spaces. However, due to their complex manufacturing process, monocrystalline solar panels are typically more expensive. Depending upon your project requirements you can choose polycrystalline panels as well.
Second-Generation Solar Panels
Different solar cells than those found in photovoltaic power plants are employed in second-generation solar panels. Let’s find out more about second-generation solar panels and decide if they are the best option for usage in the industrial sector.
Thin-Film Solar Panels
You might want to take thin-film solar panels into consideration if you’re seeking solar panels that are more reasonably priced for usage in the industry. When creating thin-film solar panels, a substrate is covered with one or more photovoltaic films made of copper, calcium, or silicon. Thin-film solar panels are significantly less expensive than other options since they are simple to manufacture and consume less material. Additionally, the flexibility and adaptability of these solar panels create possibilities for a variety of solar panel setups. Not to mention, weather factors like high temperatures have a somewhat smaller impact on thin-film solar panels.
However, due to their low efficiency, a lot of these solar panels must be put in order to provide a considerable amount of electricity. They take up a lot of room as well, making them inappropriate for installation in a variety of circumstances and places. You can choose them or not based on the industrial space you have available. Additionally, compared to monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels, they often have shorter lifespans and shorter warranties. Even then, they are good choices for big rooms.
Third-Generation Solar Panels
Third-generation solar panels employ a number of thin film technologies; however, most are still in the research or development phases.
Cadmium Telluride Solar Cell
The thin-film solar technology known as cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar panels uses a semiconductor compound made of cadmium and tellurium. A thin coating of CdTe is deposited onto a substrate, such as glass or flexible materials, to create these panels. A very effective material for absorbing sunlight and generating power is CdTe.
Compared to other types of solar panels, CdTe solar panels provide a number of benefits. They are an affordable solution for large-scale installations because of their comparatively low production costs. In comparison to conventional silicon-based panels, they have a lower carbon footprint during the production process.
CdTe solar panels can have some drawbacks, though. When compared to panels made of crystalline silicon, they often have poorer conversion efficiency. Additionally, more susceptible to high temperatures, CdTe panels’ long-term performance and lifespan may be impacted. Despite these drawbacks, CdTe solar panels have become quite popular in the solar industry because of their low cost and potential for widespread deployment.
Concentrated Solar Panels
A type of solar technology called concentrated solar panels, commonly referred to as concentrating solar power (CSP) systems employs mirrors or lenses to concentrate sunlight into a tiny area. These solar panels are made up of reflectors that focus sunlight onto a receiver, which then absorbs the heat and transforms it into power using various devices, such as Stirling engines or steam turbines.
These solar panel cells have developed into one of the most efficient solar panels, with outstanding performance and efficiency rates of up to 41%. Concentrated solar panels do have some restrictions, though. They are less effective in cloudy or overcast weather and need direct sunshine to function at their best. Due to the concentrated sunlight, CSP systems also need bigger land expanses, which makes them less appropriate for urban or space-constrained situations. In comparison to other solar technologies, their upfront expenses and maintenance needs may be higher.
It is true that the best solar system for your project depends upon the specific requirements of your project. Premier Energy has installed hundreds of residential, commercial, and industrial solar systems in Pakistan. We have been providing our services in more than 33 cities. We have installed solar panels in almost every major city in Punjab and Southern KPK. With our experience working in Pakistan’s typography, environment, and architectural setting, we have the most recommendation which comes from our experience.
The most successful Solar Panels in Pakistan are the latest Half-cell mono PERC solar panels. These panels are the latest development in the monocrystalline technology. They are not only very efficient but can also produce a great amount of electricity. Usually, we encounter space constraints and due to this, these panels come in the handiest producing more power from less space. They are more expensive than other categories but considering the rapid increase in bill prices these are a better investment with higher ROI. So especially for industrial solar installation, we recommend that monocrystalline solar panels are the best for industrial use.
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