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Solar PV Jargon

By Enviko

Few people are interested to learn how Solar PV panels actually work. They believe it is too complex to understand and that it involves too many scientific words which sound like double Dutch. When something has the reputation of being too technical, then it is best to avoid having much to do with it. That is, unless, you are seriously thinking about buying one of those fads. They are, after all, the talk of the town, and everyone seems to be trying them out. Wouldn’t it be nice to know how your baby worked, though?

To introduce Solar PV cells to the world we had to wait until the mid 1950’s. It was firstly developed to function on small items as the electricity costs at that time were pretty steep. Also, there was no urgency at that time to stop the clock when it came to global warming. After these trials the cells were transported to the echelon of all industries in the US, aerospace. They were intended to extend the lifespan of the spaceships which, at that time, were designed to work on batteries. In the 1960’s, the price of the cells had already been reduced.

Solar PV - Expensive Material Equals Expensive Cost

silicon wafer

It was during this time that silicon was used as the main material in the manufacture of Solar PV cells. It is still in use today though inventors are trying to change this to be able to adapt to more flexible and lighter material and maybe, also, less polluted. The production of silicon, in fact, emits some CO2 into the atmosphere, so more care is needed so as not to defeat the purpose of solar energy in the first place. There are also other types of material used, all having their own function and purpose.

Unfortunately, quite a few of the material used are quite expensive to source and to produce, which raises the price of the Solar PV panels. This is one of the bones of discontent amongst consumers as the price of the final product is one of the reasons many people have still not opted to purchase them. The more expensive the material the better it will perform. So, until cheaper and better material is found we shall just have to make do with what there is, knowing that, whatever the cost, we shall be reimbursed in full within 5-8 years. There is nothing better than buying a bargain and this surely one that cannot be missed or delayed.

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