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Sunday, August 26, 2018

#391 Which solar cells where?

 As mentioned in previous entry, solar cells come in the variety of shapes. A question  is what type of cell is used where?


The choice is based on various criteria. For instance, what is the area available and how it defines the cost of the cells, and thus, materials/methods used to manufacture them? Is it a several square miles big part of the desert or few square meters wide satellite panel? Or maybe less than centimeter square cell powering a wrist watch or calculator?  In the first case cost is an issue because such a solar farm is meant to produce energy at the cost comparable with the energy obtained from other sources.  In the second case cost is not an issue because at whatever cost the highest efficiency solar cells must be used. In the third case the cost of the cell is marginal and is not even a consideration.

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