Solar panels, also known as solar cells, are available in several different configurations, the most common of which is crystalline. These two reports take a closer look at the crystalline solar cell market.
Solar has become a popular energy alternative for homeowners and business owners alike. It involves the use of solar panels to collect and convert sunlight into electricity, typically in conjunction with an inverter box. As sunlight strikes the solar panels, it causes the electrons to break free from their paired atoms, thus generating electricity. This electricity is initially in the form of direct current (DC), which isn't used by most power-pulling devices and systems.
Therefore, it's sent to an inverter box where it's converted into alternating current (AC).
Solar panels usually fall under one of two categories: crystalline silicon or thin film. The former is made of silicon crystals, whereas the latter is made of an alternative semiconductor material, such as gallium arsenide. Both materials are capable of capturing and converting sunlight into electricity, though there are subtle nuances distinguishing them.
The Global Crystalline Silicon PV Cells Sales Market 2018 report by The Market Reports is a comprehensive study of the global crystalline solar cells market. Featuring 104 pages, it offers a detailed look at the market and where it's headed. Crystalline silicon solar cells are often preferred over thin film because of their increased efficiency. When compared to thin-film panels, crystalline panels are capable of producing more than twice the power. The only downside is that crystalline silicon solar panels tend to cost more than their thin-film counterpart. Because of their increased efficiency, however, they are a smart investment that can actually save homeowners and business owners money in the long run.
Some of the key crystalline silicon solar cell vendors profiled in this report include Yingli, Sharp, Ja Solar, Trina, Jinko Solar, Neo Solar Power, Motech, Sanyo Solar, Gintech Energy, Canadian Solar, Hareon Solar, Hanwha, Kyocera Solar, Tongwei Solar, Solarworld, Sunpower, Eging Pv and more
The Global Polycrystalline Solar Cell Market Research 2018 report by The Market Reports is a second professional study of the global crystalline solar cells market, though it focuses specifically on polycrystalline cells. There are two different types of crystalline solar cells: monocrystalline and polycrystalline. Monocrystalline solar cells are characterized by the use of a single, large piece of crystallized silicon, whereas polycrystalline panels are actually made of many pieces of crystallized silicon that are melted together and poured into uniform sheets.
Polycrystalline slicon panels are less efficient than monocrystalline but still more efficient than thin film. In terms of price, they also fall somewhere in the middle, making them a popular choice among homeowners and business owners.