20 May '11, 11pm

More Efficient and Affordable Solar Power: Developments that are Changing the Industry: Solar power was discover...

Ask anyone what they think a solar power system looks like. Most likely their response will be that it is a large, window-like set up that has black panels set on a frame. This is the most well-known type of solar collection system, known as crystalline panels. These panels kept the overall costs high, as they require a high degree of quality control to build. Thin film solar cells are nothing like the crystalline panels. They are thin and flexible, often shipped rolled up. Manufacturing a panel is akin to printing on paper, which has reduced the price of an individual cell. Ease of construction has brought the price of a thin-film panel costs around $1 a watt. Compare that to the cost of crystalline panels, which cost in the $2 a watt range.

Full article: http://www.enn.com/green_building/article/42723

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