Features
4.Kinds and Characteristics of Photovoltaic Cells
Kind
Conversion
efficiency
Reliability
Cost
Energy
production
Other characteristics
Major applications
Single-crystal-silicon cell

14?17%
Abundant records of use Satellite use
Power-generation use
Polycrystalline-silicon cell

12?15%
Suitable for volume production in future Power-generation use
Amorphous-silicon cell

6?9%
Tends to deteriorate rapidly. Suitable for flexible products Consumer-product use (Electric calculators, wristwatches, etc.)
Single-crystal-compound cell (GaAs)
×
Heavy and fragile Satellite use
Polycrystalline-compound cell (CdS, CdTe, CuInSe2,etc.)
Low material availability. Some materials contain
environmental pollutants.
Consumer-product use

Information provided by Nisshin Electric Co., Ltd.


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