15 January 2014
THE KEY ELEMENTS OF A GREAT SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM.
As consumers continue to embrace the power and cost-effectiveness of residential solar energy, one is left wondering: how is the hardware made to ensure quality? After all, consumers rely on these solar cells to power their homes every day, so durability is a must for these consumers. Let us examine some of the essential components of the hardware, as well as the technical specifications that distinguish one product from another.
To begin, let us examine the solar cells used in these residential solar systems. These cells utilise mono and polycrystalline cell technology to maximise performance in low-lit and hot areas, resulting in higher energy output. While the lifespan of the cells usually varies by solar system (and by the company producing the home solar system), at all home solar systems contain solar cells with an exceptionally high lifespan of 35 to 40 years!
While the cells are perhaps the most important part of the solar system (since they directly convert sunlight into usable energy), consumers still need a structure to hold those cells in place in order to maximise stability and performance. They need, of course, a mountable frame to provide strength, protection, and durability. At TCK Solar, the frames are conveniently made without screws, so that it is not only maintenance free but extremely strong and resistant to strong winds and other bad weather conditions.
Another integral part of a high-quality solar system is the glass used in the product. Obviously, the glass needs to be strong to withstand even the harshest of weather storms and conditions (such as heavy rain, ice, and hail). It also needs to eliminate any sunlight reflection to maximise energy output. Fortunately, TCK Solar uses 4mm thick (which is approximately 30% thicker than any of its Chinese manufactured competitors), highly transparent white glass in its products. In fact, TCK’s glass has been tested to easily withstand the direct impact of 25mm (in diameter) hail at a speed of more than 80 km/hr.
In conclusion, these are some of the most fundamental and essential components of the home solar system. Of course, the consumer must evaluate each product’s unique set of technical specifications before deciding on one that is right for him or her. Hopefully, this article has shed some light on some of the most important components of home solar systems as well as some important specifications to consider before purchasing a home solar system.