Types of Solar Panels
There are two main types of solar installations; photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collectors. Both types of solar panels are fairly similar in appearance, the key difference between them is that photovoltaic solar panels are used to directly convert sunlight into electricity, whereas solar thermal collectors are used to harness its heat.
Photovoltaic solar panels, which convert sunlight directly into electricity using panels made up of semiconductor cells, are the what comes to mind for most people when they think of solar energy. This form of solar panel allows you to power electrical devices, or supply your home with electricity.
The other main type of solar panels are the solar thermal collectors, which capture the sun's energy in the form of heat. This heat is then either used directly or converted into mechanical energy, which can, in turn, be used to produce electricity, known as concentrated solar power. When the heat is used directly, it's normally used to heat a home's water or provide its heating.
Solar thermal collectors are cheaper to manufacture, and therefore make up the majority of solar panels in use worldwide. The most common form of solar thermal collectors are flat-plate collectors, which consist of a dark material to absorb the sunlight, a layer of thermal insulation, which is then finished by a layer of glass to provide a 'greenhouse' effect. This combination of materials allows the thermal collectors to work at temperatures of up to 70°C above ambient temperature.
Which type of Solar Panel is best for you?
If you are unsure of which Solar Panel to go for, please do call us to discuss the types of Solar Panels we use in more detail. Contact our team of specialists direct on 0800 988 3188. Alternatively, fill in our quick online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Our Solar Panel Suppliers
Geo Green Power insist on using the best types of Solar Panels teamed with the best Solar Panel technology available for all of our installations. Below is a small selection of the Tier 1 Types of solar panels we use.
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