Top Types of Solar Panels, Mono PERC vs. Polycrystalline Solar Panel

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What are Top Types of Solar Panels?

Solar panels are an unlimited source of free energy that produce no pollution. During daylight hours every panel provides the maximum power level, 590W, 8kW, 60kW. Generated power will increase/decrease linearly during dusk and dawn, and no power is produced at night. This means one solar panel produces an average of 42 kW over one day and night cycle.
As already stated, solar panels produce energy only during the day, but you are likely to want your factory running at night as well. Accumulators can be charged up with solar panels during the day to power the base at night.

Accumulators are not the only way to work with solar energy. Sometimes it is more economical to just avoid consuming energy at night. For example, if you power a bunch of electric mining drills and electric furnaces to produce iron and copper plates, you could build more drills and furnaces than you actually need, and store the excess metal production during the day.

At night you can shut down the drills and furnaces, and let your factory run with the stored plates. Instead of storing energy, you would be storing what the energy is used for. The easiest way to achieve this is by connecting all your extractors and furnaces to an electric network with exactly enough solar panels to make them work during the day, and keeping this network away from your factory’s main electric network.

There are three typical types of solar panels available, such as:

Monocrystalline Solar Panel Made of pure Silicon cells, that generate higher power. There are typical sizes: 156 mm, 166mm,  182mm, and 210 mm. It looks black in color.
Polycrystalline Solar Panel  A traditional solar panel that is commonly used, less expensive, and Lowers power generation. Polycrystalline solar cells tend to have a bluish hue due to the light reflecting off the silicon fragments in the cell in a different way than it reflects off a pure monocrystalline silicon wafer.

Thin film solar panels are best for unorthodox roof styles and are the most resilient. As far as color goes, thin-film solar panels can come in both blue and black hues, depending on what they’re made from.

Mono PERC vs. Polycrystalline Solar Panel

Criteria Mono PERC Panels Poly Crystalline panels
Efficiency High efficiency 19-22% Less efficiency 14-17%
Design & Looks Made of single silicon cells – all cells are black in color Made of multiple silicon cells – looks blueish in color
Space Occupies less rooftop space Takes more space
Performance Performs 30% better even in low light & same space Low efficiency in cloudy weather
Price Expensive Relatively low price
Degradation Less Degrade in Long Time Max. Degrade in Long Time