Which Solar Panel Is Better? Thin Film VS Crystalline

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Which Solar Panel Is Better? Thin Film VS Crystalline


The choice of which solar panel to install depends on personal needs and suitability factors. Most of the time, people are not sure which solar panel system is best for them.

Usually, people will evaluate and sum up the best choice of experts by analyzing cost and space factors. Two famous solar panels on the market are PV thin film panels and polycrystalline silicon panels.



Polycrystalline Solar Panels:

Polysilicon is a material that includes multiple small silicon crystals. For this solar panel, polysilicon is made by melting raw silicon and pouring it into a square mold, then cooling it and cutting it into perfect square wafers.

Advantage of Polycrystalline: 

The production process of polysilicon is much simpler and the cost is low. And no silicon is wasted in this process

Provides a lower cost per watt for the generated power.

More power is generated in hot weather conditions.

Disadvantage of Polycrystalline

They need good roof space to work, so space efficiency is low.

Polycrystalline solar panels have low heat resistance, which means that high heat will shorten their lifespan.

PV Thin-Solar Panels

The term "thin" in the name refers to the method used to deposit thin films, even though the film itself is very thin. Thin-film batteries are deposited in very thin continuous layers or molecules, ions or atoms. Thin-film solar cells are made by depositing one or several layers of photovoltaic materials on a substrate. With the help of these different types of solar cells, namely amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride, copper indium gallium selenide and organic photovoltaic cells, photovoltaic materials are deposited on the substrate.

Roof with single-layer and thin-film solar panels

From 2002 to 2015, the market demand for PV film increased by more than 60%.

Advantages of PV Thin-film

Mass production of PV films is much cheaper, which makes the manufacturing cost lower than crystal-based solar cells.

  • Due to the uniform appearance, I believe the appearance of the panel is more attractive.

  • Unlike crystalline solar panels, PV thin-film solar panels are not affected by high temperatures.

  • Thin-film solar panels have good space utilization and can be installed and used efficiently.

Disadvantages of PV Thin-film

The space efficiency of PV film panels is low. They are inexpensive, but require more space to work effectively.

If the space is small, the installation cost will be high due to the increased demand for supporting structures and cables.

Their warranty period is shorter because the life span of PV film panels is not very high.

People will re-evolve an evolution to analyze which solar panel system is most suitable for a particular home or building. This is usually done with the help of experts.

For those with limited space, PV film is not a good choice. Crystal-based solar panels are the most suitable for them. On the other hand, for those seeking the lowest cost, PV film is their best choice. Since photovoltaic thin solar panels have the lowest unit cost, they will have to pay the lowest price for power consumption.



Which one of the two will serve you best? Both panels have each pros and cons based on your available resources and preference. We hope that you will consider all the mentioned points of consideration before finalizing your purchase decision.

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