Thin-Film Solar Panels

These flexible solar panels are made by spreading silicon and other solar-producing materials in a very thin layer (about the thickness of a human hair) directly onto a large plate that is usually made of glass or ceramics. Less efficient than silicon solar panels, thin-film solar panels are also less expensive to produce. The thin material of these solar panels makes them ideal for building-integrated solar products such as solar shingles and tiles. The most successful thin-film materials are amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride, and copper indium dieseline. Efficiencies range from 10% to 19%.



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