History of solar cell efficiency and the different panel technologies commercially available

There are different materials and technologies that impact panel efficiency and cost.


KEY POINTS
  • A solar panel is a solar panel is a solar panel, right? Not exactly.
  • There are different materials and technologies that impact panel efficiency and cost.
  • In the past year, there have been interesting advancements that will have a big impact, plus, did you know it might be possible to harvest power from shadows?

A solar panel is a solar panel is a solar panel, right? Not exactly.

They’re kind of like cars. While all cars have wheels, a steering wheel, and pedals to control it, there are a wide variety of engines, horsepower, types of tires, and brakes that all impact how efficient the car is and handles the road.

The same is true for solar panels. There are different materials and technologies that can have a profound impact on the amount of energy generated and the cost. And the past year or so has had some really interesting advancements that will have a big impact. Plus, what if I told you it might be possible to harvest power from shadows?

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