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for altitude, azimuth, shading, and choose the best orientation and tilt angle for the panels.
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There are different types of solar cells, including polycrystalline, monocrystalline, and thin film. Polycrystalline cells are common in hobby electronic and solar panels, while monocrystalline cells are more efficient but also more expensive. Thin film cells are flexible and used for curved roofs or vehicles but have a shorter lifespan and lower efficiency.
Solar cells convert sunlight into electricity by knocking electrons off silicon atoms. The efficiency of solar cells depends on the wavelength of light and the energy it carries. Only a certain range of wavelengths can be used to generate electricity, and excess energy is wasted as heat. Additionally, dust, dirt, and heat can decrease the efficiency of solar cells. Energy losses also occur during the conversion process and transmission through inverters and wires.
Overall, solar energy has great potential for generating electricity, but careful planning and optimization are necessary to maximize efficiency and output.