Albert Einstein is commonly remembered for breakthrough theories on general and special relativity. But did you know that prior to changing our understanding of the atom, he won the nobel prise for physics for explaining the photoelectric effect?
Electricity is created when sunlight impacting a specially designed cell “pushes” an electron into a conducting material. Solar cells are organised in an array, interconnected and then framed to create a solar module or panel.
There are a variety of competing technologies for making solar cells with the most common types being cells based on silicon polycrystalline wafers and silicon monocrystalline wafers. Known as Poly and Mono these comprise the vast majority of panels installed in Australia.
Typically solar PV modules used for residential systems come in two main formats: