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Panasonic is one of the most reliable companies in solar technology. Their experience in this field dates back to the 1970s, since then, they’ve grown to sell over 3 million modules across the globe.
JA are committed to unparalleled efficiency. What more could you want from a PV producer? They raise the standard for yield efficiency and enable customers to achieve real returns on their PV projects.
Jinko Solar are a globally recognised brand within the solar industry. They have been operating since 2006 & are the world’s largest PV module manufacturer with a huge presence on every continent
Q CELLS produce remium solar modules are the result of their industry-leading technical expertise. They’ve got more than 400 scientists and engineers researching and developing their cutting-edge products.
Viridian Solar are a UK based manufacturer of roof-integrated solar PV panels and roofing systems. They are a popular commercial choice for their beautifully sleek solutions, integrated entirely within the roof.
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There are different types of solar panels, which have various special aspects, designed for a variety of different homes and businesses. When you buy from Segen, you can be sure that every module has been thoroughly vetted to ensure bankable quality. Modern modules are designed to last well over 20 years, so a reliable output is key to making the most of an investment in solar.
Monocrystalline or ‘Mono’ cells are manufactured by cutting single sheets from a silicon bar, hence the name. These single crystal cells allow for greater movement of electrons resulting in slightly higher efficiency and the colouration of such cells tends to be black.
Half Cell modules are a relatively new addition to the market. These modules can be recognised by the busbar running across the centre of the panel which separates the module and allows for the number of cells to be doubled and made smaller, meaning a 60 cell panel would become a 120 cell module. These are designed to last, with less degradation or microcracks over the life cycle.
Bifacial panels collect light from both the front and the back of the panel. They have an opaque backsheet that is designed to allow as much light as possible to pass through, allowing for an extra layter of collection when it rebounds. In optimal conditions, this can bump up energy production by up to 20%.
Polycrystalline or ‘Poly’ manufacturing process involves melting fragments of silicon into wafer sheets that have a distinct blue tinge to the cells. They are less common in 2022, but a lot of existing installations use this technology.
PERC or ‘Passive Emitter and Rear Cell/Contact’ cells are manufactured in a similar process to monocrystalline cells but have an integrated passivation layer. This increases efficiency by allowing light refraction through the back of the cell, and by reducing heat absorption and electron recombination. Put simply they offer higher efficiency and longevity than standard cells.
There are hundreds of solar panel manufacturers in the world all of whom will claim to make top quality panels that will last for 25 years or more. They will all offer a warranty of 10 years or more but it is important to select a manufacturer who you can be confident will still be in business in 10 years to honour that warranty – we call this ‘bankability’.
Historically, the functional part of the solar panel, the solar cells in the centre, did not fill the entire area of the panel. That meant it required a border around the cell. However, over time the manufacturers have driven the technology forward, meaning now you can get entirely black, sleek solar panels. These are particularly important for homeowners, who understandably want their solar to look good. Combine this with clever mounting options and you can have really aesthetically pleasing solutions.
When selecting the right panel for your solar installation, a firm understanding of the different types of products will give you an advantage in producing higher output. A quick way to ensure quality is to look for the bankable Silicon Module Super League brands. It’s important to remember that the better output / higher efficiency solar cells will save you money on installation, whilst achieving your energy goals in a smaller space.
The size of solar panels is always a crucial consideration for homeowners and businesses alike, given the physical constraints of roof space. They typically come in a range of between 60-72 cell modules. The industry is seeing a trend towards larger modules, but it is important to remember that solar energy is not necessarily linked to size alone. The performance is all about the amount of solar cells within the actual panel.
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