Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Published on April 29th, 2019 by

Solar energy is boon for human kinds and in the last few years, we have adopted solar panels as a preferred energy source.

It is designed to absorb the sun’s rays as a source of energy for generating electricity.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

Our sun is a massive star of a nuclear reactor. It releases small packets of photons all the time. Which travels to the Earth around 8 minutes and 20 seconds. Once the photon is reached to the Earth and hit solar cells, they knock and lose electrons from their atoms.

If conductors are attached to the positive and negative terminal of a cell, it forms an electrical circuit. When electrons flow through such a circuit, they generate electricity and we can use that electricity to power our electrical pieces of equipment.

However, this is a very small amount of electricity to even power a bulb. Using multiple cells in a panel makes a “Solar Panel”, and multiple Solar Panels can be wired together to form a solar array.

Solar Panels

The more panel you deploy, the more energy you can expect.

Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels

There are two kinds of solar panels available in the market.

One is mono-crystalline and another one is poly-crystalline. Both are used widely to produce electricity, yet they differ.

Let’s know more about them side by side.

OverviewOldest Technology,
Single Crystal.
New Technology,
Multiple Crystals.
AestheticsIt is Dark in color.
It is Blue in color.
EfficiencyMore efficient.
Generates 15% more.
Less efficient.
Generates 15% less.
Area or SpaceRequires less space.Requires more space.
Light ConstraintsWorks well in low light.Works dull in low light.
CostMore expensive.Less expensive.
Longevity25+ Years.25+ Years

Monocrystalline Solar Panels

Monocrystalline solar panels are made of numbers of individual cells. One cell is made up of continuous single crystal only.

This is also the oldest known technology for solar power. In appearance, it looks blackish in color and known for excellent efficiency and better output in lesser space of the area.

However, it costs more than Polycrystalline panels because of single continuous cell cutting and while manufacturing wastages are more.

But it is worth to invest in it if you live in weather critical space where sunlight exposure is low at day time.

Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Polycrystalline solar panels are made of multiple crystals. Unlike Monocrystalline it is not made of continuous cells.

It is a new technology made to limit the wastages of silicon wafers. There is a lot of mixing here including high and low-quality wafers.

This is why it looks bluish in color (inconsistent) and a lot of texture on it.

It requires little more space than Monocrystalline and output is slightly less. Under critical weather situations and low light conditions, the output may be lower. The most energy it will generate when the sun directly hits the solar panel. Overall it is likely to generate most of the electrical energy in peak hours only and the rest of the time it won’t.

As of now, it is the widely used solar panels and due to its lower cost, users prefer this over expensive Monocrystalline.

Polycrystalline isn’t inferior in quality. It is a budget-friendly option due to its keen manufacturing process which less likely to cause wastages.

This is all about Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline solar panels. If you have any doubts and feedback, write to us in the comments section.

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