Advantages and disadvantages of monocrystalline solar panels

Bob RobertsJune 21, 201873352

Advantages and disadvantages of  monocrystalline solar panels

Although there are hundreds of different solar panels they all basically break down into three types of solar panels available on the market today.

These are monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin film amorphous. Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline are the most common, and Monocrystalline solar panels are what we are talking about today.

Monocrystalline Overview and Appearance 

This is the oldest and most developed of the three technologies. Monocrystalline panels as the name suggests are created from a single continuous crystal structure. A Monocrystalline panel can be identified from the solar cells which all appear as a single flat color.

Monocrystalline solar panels have the highest efficiency rates since they are made out of the highest-grade silicon, they are space-efficient, and since these solar panels yield the highest power outputs, they also require the least amount of space, although the amount is becoming marginal. 

Monocrystalline panels have a long lifespan. Most manufacturers put a 25-year warranty on their monocrystalline solar panels. Because both types of crystalline solar panels are made from crystalline silicon, a really stable material,  it is likely they will last much longer than their 25-year warranty life.

Monocrystalline solar panels tend to be more efficient in warm weather. With all solar cells, electricity production falls as temperature goes up. However, this degradation of output is less severe in monocrystalline panels than polycrystalline solar panels. Again the difference is very small.

Disadvantages of Monocrystalline Solar Panels

Monocrystalline solar panels are generally more expensive, and the difference in efficiency rates between mono and polycrystalline solar panels is getting smaller and smaller. Some poly panels are even more efficient than mono panels.

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Comments (2)

  • Kashif • March 25, 2019 0 0

    How performance mono on high temperature like 50 c?

  • maanu • October 19, 2018 0 0

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