Types of Solar Panels

There are two conventional types of solar panels: crystalline silicon and thin film. The most common solar cell material is crystalline silicon, but newer materials for making solar cells include thin-film materials such as amorphous silicon and cadmium telluride. More recently, solar companies have begun to use plastic and aluminum foil to produce solar electricity, but it may be several years before these new products become available to consumers.



Silicon Solar Panels

Thin-Film Solar Panels

Future Solar Panels



Types of Solar Electric Systems

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Types of Solar Panels

Silicon Solar Panels

Thin-Film Solar Panels

Future Solar Panels

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