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    Thin film solar PV cell panels are now being marketed in Ireland by reputed renewable energy promoters.A recent innovation, thin film solar cells are technologically different in their production while being chemical different

    to the traditional Mono crystalline or Polycrystalline silicon PV panels.Also if you are interested in free consultancy on thin film solar PV application for your home or apartment, how it will save on your energy costs, SEAI grants available for solar energy utilization etc. itself may be contacted.


    You’re discussing “thin-film” modules, made using one of three technologies – CIS, CIGS and CdTe. CdTe, or cadmium tellurium, is the most common. The leading manufacturer of CdTe is First Solar of Phoenix, AZ, with a 1.2 gW production line, doubling in 2011. They are very popular with ‘best practices’ grid-scale installations, since they cost 0.76 per Watt to produce. Nanosolar is an adventure of Sergie Brin and Larry Page of Google, and is not yet in production. Abound Solar of Ft. Collins CO is another growing thin film player, as it Sharp solar. See this month’s Solar Pro magazine for a good article on thin film technology.


    Really good post, nice share, keep it up!!..


    Lepcon, which was a preliminary design, consists of glass panels covered with a vast array of millions of aluminum or copper strips, each less than a micron or thousandth of a millimeter wide. As sunlight hits the metal strips, the energy in the light is transferred to electrons in the metal. which escape at one end in the form of electricity.

    Lumeloid uses a similar approach. but substitutes cheaper, filmlike sheets of plastic for the glass panels and covers the plastic with conductive polymers, long chains of molecular plastic units. Lumeloid is easier to manufacture and handle than Lepcon. The company declines, for competitive reasons, to identify the chemicals it uses to produce Lumeloid polymers.


    Here is another new type of panel that will increase the latitude range of solar power use;


    “solar expert”, the link led nowhere, at least not to a page about “80% efficient” solar panels and how to buy them.


    Dustoffer, the link is gone now.



    the compact size can make installation more convenient


    Solar panels systems are advancing rapidly, and their prices are decreasing too. Even so these panels are only 23% or less efficient.

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