Solar Panels

Photovoltaic (PV) is the term related to the conversion of light into electricity using semiconducting materials that exhibit the photovoltaic effect. A typical use of this technology is solar panels which comprise of solar cells that generate solar power. They can be installed on south-facing roofs, walls or on the ground, and can be fixed or have a solar tracker that follows the sun across the sky. The installation of solar panels is highly beneficial for both private and commercial users as the solar energy turned into electricity can be sold to the energy supplier. The feed-in tariff can reduce energy bills and cost of solar panel installation.



The advantage of this type of energy source is that it is clean energy, so generates no pollution and no greenhouse gas emissions. It is however dependent on direct sunlight so around 10% to 25% is lost when a tracking system is not used.




How Does a Solar Panel Work?


The solar cells within a solar panel produce direct current electricity from sunlight. The solar panels consist of several solar cells which contain layers of photovoltaic material, usually silicon. When sunlight shines on the cells they create an electric field across the layers. The more sunlight there is, the more electricity is produced.
Solar inverters are then used to change the electric current from DC to AC. The electricity is then sent using copper solar cables which connect modules, arrays, and subfields.



What are typical applications of solar panels?


Most photovoltaic solar panels are used for grid-connected power generation, however, they can also be used on:



  • Boats

  • Roadside emergency telephones

  • Electric cars



How much energy can solar panels generate?


Photovoltaic solar panels can often be seen on the rooftops of houses. Typically, residential rooftop systems generate around 5 kWh to 10 kWh of energy whereas commercial rooftop systems can generate several hundred kilowatts. Rural villages in developing countries which do not have access to grid power are also using solar panels to create solar farms.


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Description Price Power Rating Open Circuit Voltage Number of Cells Battery Bank Capacity Peak Power Type Efficiency Dimensions Depth Length Maximum Temperature Minimum Temperature Width Mounting Style
RS Stock No. 914-8454
BrandRS PRO
$95.13
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10W 21.6V - - - Polycrystalline - 390 x 250 x 3mm 3mm 390mm +80°C -40°C 250mm Wall Mount
RS Stock No. 194-127
Mfr. Part No.MSX-005F
BrandBP Solar
$32.83
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0.446W 4.6V - - - Polycrystalline - 114.3 x 66.8 x 3mm 3mm 114.3mm +85°C -40°C 66.8mm -
RS Stock No. 904-6121
BrandRS PRO
$46.764
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10W 22V - 70Ah 60W Polycrystalline 17% 397 x 280 x 25mm 25mm 397mm +85°C -40°C 280mm Surface Mount
RS Stock No. 664-6807
Mfr. Part No.AM-8701CAR
BrandSanyo
$15.54
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190mW 6V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 57.7 x 55.1 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 57.7mm +60°C -10°C 55.1mm -
RS Stock No. 914-8457
BrandRS PRO
$159.52
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20W 21.6V - - - Polycrystalline - 505 x 345 x 3mm 3mm 505mm +80°C -40°C 345mm Wall Mount
RS Stock No. 664-6772
Mfr. Part No.AM-1816CA
BrandSanyo
$9.93
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- 4.9V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 96.7 x 56.7 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 96.7mm +60°C -10°C 56.7mm -
RS Stock No. 904-6156
BrandRS PRO
$471.015
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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150W 22V - 10Ah 720W Monocrystalline 17% 1490 x 670 x 35mm 35mm 1.49m +85°C -40°C 670mm Surface Mount
RS Stock No. 664-6762
Mfr. Part No.AM-1454CA
BrandSanyo
$5.22
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- 2.4V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 41.6 x 26.3 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 41.6mm +60°C -10°C 26.3mm -
RS Stock No. 904-6153
BrandRS PRO
$124.104
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20W 21.6V 36 10Ah 60W Polycrystalline 17% 505 x 345 x 3mm 3mm 505mm +80°C -40°C 345mm Surface Mount
RS Stock No. 904-6159
BrandRS PRO
$89.146
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10W 21.6V 36 - - Polycrystalline 17% 390 x 250 x 3mm 3mm 390mm +80°C -40°C 250mm Surface Mount
RS Stock No. 664-6778
Mfr. Part No.AM-1815CA
BrandSanyo
$8.36
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- 4.9V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 58.1 x 48.6 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 58.1mm +60°C -10°C 48.6mm -
RS Stock No. 769-4264
Mfr. Part No.SPS80NB
$1,263.21
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- - - - - Solar Domestic Kit - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 904-6125
BrandRS PRO
$86.422
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20W 22V - 10Ah 120W Monocrystalline 17% 638 x 278 x 25mm 25mm 638mm +85°C -40°C 278mm Surface Mount
RS Stock No. 664-6766
Mfr. Part No.AM-1456CA
BrandSanyo
$3.55
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- 2.4V - - - - - 25 x 10 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 25mm +60°C -10°C 10mm -
RS Stock No. 664-6797
Mfr. Part No.AM-5605CAR
BrandSanyo
$32.97
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401mW 5.1V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 117.8 x 62.3 x 2.3mm 2.3mm 117.8mm +60°C -10°C 62.3mm -
RS Stock No. 664-6769
Mfr. Part No.AM-1417CA
BrandSanyo
$1.44
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- 2.4V - - - Amorphous Solar Cell - 35 x 13.9 x 1.3mm 1.3mm 35mm +60°C -10°C 13.9mm -
RS Stock No. 904-6143
BrandRS PRO
$341.045
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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100W 23V - 10Ah 480W Monocrystalline 17% 1005 x 670 x 35mm 35mm 1.005m +85°C -40°C 670mm Surface Mount
RS Stock No. 904-6134
BrandRS PRO
$107.306
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30W 22V - 10Ah 180W Monocrystalline 17% 660 x 380 x 25mm 25mm 660mm +85°C -40°C 380mm Surface Mount
RS Stock No. 904-6165
BrandRS PRO
$461.22
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80W 21.6V 36 - 360W Polycrystalline 17% 885 x 665 x 3mm 3mm 885mm +80°C -40°C 665mm Surface Mount
RS Stock No. 769-4233
Mfr. Part No.STP080MA
$491.68
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