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What are photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and how do they work?

Solar panels are made from a basic element found abundantly in the earth's crust. This element is Silicon and after a bit of processing it has the amazing ability to turn sunlight into electrical energy.

By heating silicon to over 1,400°C and adding a seed crystal, it creates ingots of silicon that can be sliced into wafers to form the key component of the solar panel.

This structure enables the suns energy to be harnessed in a single directional stream and it's that directed flow of energy that generates electricity.

The wafers are duped with Boron and Phosphorous to create the neutral and positive junctions required by all electrical systems and individual panels are then connected together to create a powerful solar structure.

The final step is to protect the structure by bonding it to a plastic backing and then covering it with glass so it is completely sealed. It's then set in an aluminum frame to provide a strong and durable support system, within a framework that can be easily mounted on your roof.

Properly constructed solar panels will comfortably stand the test of time and almost any inclement weather conditions. Twenty-five years of service life is assured with the right products and we are committed to using only the best the market has to offer.

To learn more why not have a look at our solar module guide.

Better still, give us a call on 01722 663 633 and let us give you all the details of how these simple, yet amazing systems can deliver free energy and more!