A Bug in Blemished Panels

Here is a new one for me -- I have found a very bright and FLAT bug inside the glass of my ~blemished~ Evergreen panel. The panel seems to work just fine but the bug didn't make it. Zooom in and take a look. The open circuit voltage is fine. I have not checked the short circuit current yet.

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  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: A Bug in Blemished Panels

    i guess that's one panel that they couldn't get the bug(s) out of.:p
  • WindsunWindsun Solar Expert Posts: 1,164 ✭✭
    Re: A Bug in Blemished Panels

    I have to say that even after many years in this business, this is the first time I have seen something like that.
  • MisterBMisterB Solar Expert Posts: 156 ✭✭
    Re: A Bug in Blemished Panels

    The bug will block a small amount of light from hitting a small percentage of the surface area of the cell and an extremely small percentage of the overall surface area of all the photovoltaic cells that make up the panel so I would guess that you might lose a little bit of current but it won't be very much--something in the ma--amps/1000--range. The bug would had have to have been big enough to completely block light from the whole cell to affect output much.
  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 32,609 admin
    Re: A Bug in Blemished Panels

    I would watch for corrosion at that point...

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • icarusicarus Solar Expert Posts: 5,436 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: A Bug in Blemished Panels

    Question is, did it get in post production, and if so how? I would make sure I sealed any possible opening. Perhaps he hatched in the panel. (I am convinced that house flies breed while they are dead!)

    Tony
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,571 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: A Bug in Blemished Panels
    icarus wrote: »
    .....(I am convinced that house flies breed while they are dead!)

    They actually don't, but any eggs will hatch.......
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  • icarusicarus Solar Expert Posts: 5,436 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: A Bug in Blemished Panels
    mike90045 wrote: »
    They actually don't, but any eggs will hatch.......

    You gotta do better than that to convince me!

    T
  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: A Bug in Blemished Panels
    icarus wrote: »
    You gotta do better than that to convince me!

    T

    gee, i wonder what kind of drug they'd be taking to keep them going after death.:cool:
  • nvysealnvyseal Solar Expert Posts: 108 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: A Bug in Blemished Panels
    niel wrote: »
    gee, i wonder what kind of drug they'd be taking to keep them going after death.:cool:

    Spanish Fly? 8) :p
  • icarusicarus Solar Expert Posts: 5,436 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: A Bug in Blemished Panels

    It's the inverse of "Tribbles" Tribbles were born pregnant!

    Flies bread while they are dead! That's my story and I'm stickin' to it Capt. Kirk!
  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: A Bug in Blemished Panels
    nvyseal wrote: »
    Spanish Fly? 8) :p

    good one.:D:D

    that made me laugh in the wake of some personal bad news. thank you for that.
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