MULTIJUNCTION SOLAR PANEL

MULTIJUNCTION SOLAR PANEL

Multi-junction (MJ) solar cells are solar cells with multiple p–n junctions made of different semiconductor materials. Each material’s p-n junction will produce electric current in response to different wavelengths of light. The use of multiple semiconducting materials allows the absorbance of a broader range of wavelengths, improving the cell’s sunlight to electrical energy conversion efficiency.

Traditional single-junction cells have a maximum theoretical efficiency of 34%. Theoretically, an infinite number of junctions would have a limiting efficiency of 86.8% under highly concentrated sunlight.Currently, the best lab examples of traditional silicon solar cells have efficiencies around 25%, while lab examples of multi-junction cells have demonstrated performance over 43%.

Commercial examples of tandem, two layer, cells are widely available at 30% under one-sun illumination, and improve to around 40% under concentrated sunlight. However, this efficiency is gained at the cost of increased complexity and manufacturing price. To date, their higher price and higher price-to-performance ratio have limited their use to special roles, notably in aerospace where their high power-to-weight ratio is desirable.

However, this efficiency is gained at the cost of increased complexity and manufacturing price. To date, their higher price and higher price-to-performance ratio have limited their use to special roles, notably in aerospace and satellite application only  where their high power-to-weight ratio is desirable

highest efficiency of multijunction solar cell recorded is 44.7% and for multijunction solar panel efficiency ranges around 30%. Due to use of high purity multiple material and high quality manufacturing process increase multijunction solar panel lifespan and ranges around 25 years. This achieved at high cost of production for solar panel.

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