How does solar panel works.

barryalen1992barryalen1992 Posts: 1Registered Users
Like I know that it is supposed to transfer the sun light in to power or anything, but I really want to have a deep understanding about how it actually work. Is there any thread in this forum can show me a completed guidance of my problem


  • mcgivormcgivor Posts: 2,334Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭✭
    You could start by reading the information on this link
    1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider MPPT 60 150 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 400Ah LFP 24V nominal battery bank 

  • BB.BB. Posts: 28,088Super Moderators, Administrators admin
    Is your question about how a "solar cell" works... Or how to design and build an entire solar power system (solar panels + charge controller + battery bank + AC inverter)?

    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • eduardo22eduardo22 Posts: 1Registered Users
    It's actually not that complicated. Solar cells (also called photovoltaic cells) are able to convert sunlight directly into electricity. These solar cells are connected electrically between each other and packed together in a unique solar panel. Electricity is produced since solar cells are usually made of materials such as silicone, which transfers electricity. I hope this was clear.  

    You can find my source for more info on solar panels here. Have a great day :-)
  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Posts: 1,072Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Silicone may be good for caulking and breast implants but not for photovoltaic cells.  :o

    2.1 Kw Suntech 175 mono, Classic 200, Trace SW 4024 ( 15 years old  but brand new out of sealed factory box Jan. 2015), Bogart Tri-metric, 700 ah @24 volt AGM battery bank. Plenty of Baja Sea of Cortez sunshine.

  • mcgivormcgivor Posts: 2,334Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭✭
    Actually silicone plays a pivotal part in the conversation of sunlight to electrical energy,with added impurities. To blanket silicone as a caulk, or a liquid in a bag used for female enhancement of mamallian protruburances is eronious, silicon comes in many shapes and forms, both solid and liquid.
    1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider MPPT 60 150 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 400Ah LFP 24V nominal battery bank 

  • EstragonEstragon Posts: 2,962Registered Users ✭✭✭✭✭
    Silicone (a polymer, of which silicon is a component) is non-conductive. I used water-resistant silicone filled wire nuts to temporarily connect my silicon based winter pv panels.

    I also plan to use silicone as a non-stick release component in forms to contain an epoxy kitchen countertop I'm making. Silicon wouldn't work very well :smile:
    Main daytime system ~4kw panels into 2xMNClassic150 370ah 48v bank 2xOutback 3548 inverter 120v + 240v autotransformer
    Night system ~1kw panels into 1xMNClassic150 700ah 12v bank morningstar 300w inverter
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