What Are Flexible Solar Panels
Traditionally, solar panels are rigid, heavy, and very hard to move. Technology however, has now created a whole new generation of solar panels for us. Flexible solar panels are a great revolution that could easily guarantee the continued success of this renewable energy source for the future.
These panels are made from a thin film of amorphous silicon, which is then taken and placed over polymer substrates. Semiconductor units are then placed on the substrate, and then solar cells are connected. This is done as the silicon deposits are being put on top. This essentially creates a lightweight series of layers, which in turn are flexible and thin making it possible to be able to roll up the panel.
There are many reasons why this form of solar panel is becoming more and more popular. One of the biggest reasons is because they are so easy to travel with. They can be used for handheld devices as a portable charger for anything from laptops, and cell phones, to MP3 players. Another great advantage is that they can be used to power up camping equipment when you are outdoors.
Flexible solar panels are ideal for installing a solar power system into the fabric of any building. In the future, businesses and homes may have integrated solar power system built right in. Contractors love them because they are so lightweight and easy to move, as well as they are easily installed.
The most surprising thing about these solar panels is that because they are made from amorphous silicon, they are typically cheaper than the traditional panels made out of crystalline. This is because the panels use a lot less semiconductor material. Each layer of film in a flexible panel is just one micrometer thick. Crystalline panels can have anywhere between 150 to 200 cells in them.
The one drawback to these panels is that the flexible panel’s efficiency is below that of a traditional panel. This means that a flexible panel cannot harness as much energy from the sun. However, technology is continually working to improve the efficiency of the cells in flexible solar panels. This in turn will help to bring them up to the same efficiency level as crystalline cells.
These panels are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. All major solar panel providers have helped in the creation of these panels, and now many small businesses are also joining in the competition.
As technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, the solar cells life expectancy as well as the efficiency of the solar panels will continue to improve. The flexibility of these panels may eventually out do their rigid predecessors.
Not only do flexible solar panels offer you a chance to be self-sufficient while living in your own home, but they also can provide a source of electricity for wherever you go. They are a great investment at a low cost whether you are a homeowner, a business owner, or you are just into portable gadgets and outdoor living.