A solar panel manufacturing process that has gotten some traction recently is “shingling.” Not to be confused with “solar shingles” used in building-applied photovoltaics, shingled modules cut solar cells into strips and overlap them inside the framed module. Intercell gaps are removed, and more silicon cells can be crammed into one module, increasing power output and module efficiency.
The incremental technology is making more power from each square foot of panel space. There is no real reason to keep solar cells at their large square size. By cutting cells even just in half, gaps can be eliminated, and more silicon can fit on a panel. Shingle-cell strings can reach the entire length of a module without a gap.
If you take a step back you can see solar modules are getting more efficient, more cost-effective, and more reliable. The technology is quite extraordinary and other energy technologies, especially fossil fuels, are not going to be able to compete. Semiconductors are going to take over energy just like they took over computing and cell phones. It is just a better technology with more levers to pull to improve the efficiencies, costs and yields of solar.
The new methods of shingled cells can now provide 350 watts in the same package. Direct roof mount solar PV panel strips or like other solar PV tiles do not have adequate air space under the panels. The pros and cons of a particular installation method, aesthetics over efficiency can also make a system that is more difficult to troubleshoot and repair.
Why do not invest in solar energy? Choose whichever, aesthetics or efficiency. Either way, you are going to benefit from it. As a good return of investment, solar energy saves your penny by reducing the electricity bills. We at Staten Solar provide the best solutions for your smarter life. Welcome to the brighter world!