RV Solar Panels

Choosing the right solar panels can be difficult. There are a lot of solar panels for sale on the market today, and they come in a lot of shapes, applications, and efficiencies. Choosing the right ones can get even more difficult when you are looking for RV solar panels.

So why should you choose solar panels for your RV?

  • You don’t have to worry about having gas for the generator
  • No maintanence
  • Solar panels are clean and provide sustainable energy
  • Over time solar panels will pay for themselves and then you will be getting free energy
  • Solar panels are don’t make any noise
  • Ability to stay long periods in remote locations without the need for a power source

When you are buying home solar panels you have more space available and the panels will most likely not be moving. With RV solar panels however, you have limited space and must also consider the abuse that the panels and system will be submitted to when you are driving and when you are parked. In addition, home solar panels may not be your only form of energy. An RV allows you to visit more remote areas and solar panels might be your only form of electricity. Even if you have a generator, you are on vacation. Who wants to listen to a gas engine running the entire time?

You want a system that will allow you to run all of your appliances. This means TV, AC, Microwave, Radio, etc. You are going to need a bit of power. In addition, you want this to be something that you can install yourself. A complete kit will make the entire process much simpler. Even if you are a DIY kind of person.

One such setup is the Weekender by Go Power. The weekender is an RV solar panel setup that is designed with the traveler in mind. It is sold as a kit so that you can install the solar panels and get travelling rather than focus on what different parts you need. It also has the ability to add additional panels to increase the amount of watts if you need more power.

 

How Solar Panels Work

In the last few years, solar panels have really hit the mainstream. There are more solar panels for sale than there have ever been. But, do you know how solar panels work? We all know that they convert sunlight into electricity, but how does this really happen? Almost all of us have used calculators powered by solar panels. We know if we cover up the light that the calculator stops working. So what’s really taking place.

Let’s start from the beginning.

Solar cells are also known as photovoltaic (PV) cells. The word photo means “light” and the word voltaic means “electricity”. Put it together and you get light electricity.

Solar Cells are made from materials called semi-conductors. The most common are made of silicone, but we are also starting to see organic materials being used as well. When light hits the semi-conductor a portion of that light gets absorbed. This process discharges electrons. Using an electric field these electrons are forced to move in a cetain direction which gives them current. The amount of current with the amount of voltage (free electrons) determines how many watts the solar panel produces.

Medal conductors can then be attached to the solar panels to allow the electricity to be drawn from the panel to a place where it can be either used or stored.

So now that you know how solar panels work, what does it mean for you? It means you can recognize what’s important. As you can see, the more sunlight that a panel can absorb, the more free electrons you will have, and the more energy the solar panel will make. This is generally referred to as the solar panels efficiency. A solar panel that can absorb 20% of sunlight will make more electricity (produce more watts) than one that only absorbs 13%.

Currently the highest efficiency solar panels are being made out of silicone. The problem is that silicone is a limited resource and so is getting more and more expensive. In the last few years however, we are also seeing solar panels being made out of sustainable organic materials. These aren’t as efficient as the silicone solar panels, but they are relatively new and will improve over time.

Due to improved efficiencies and improved manufacturing processes, solar panels cost about a quarter of what they did just a couple of years ago.

If you check out the prices of solar panels for sale a long with discounts from the government, you may find that you can finally get rid of your energy bill.

 

3M Solar Panels For Sale:

A new advancement in solar panel technology has been made, and there will be a new type of solar panels for sale available next year. 3M, a company who is greatly known for their ingenuity, has designed a solar panel film for sale that can be added to windows. This type of solar panel is a big step forward for solar panel technology, for a couple of reasons. The first is since it is basically a film, it can realistically be added almost anywhere. Second, is that it is different from most solar panels on the market in that it is made from organic materials rather than silicone. This means that it will be cheaper and also more sustainable.

The film is made by printing the organic photovoltaic material onto sheets that are then turned into film. This currently isn’t a cheap process, but will get cheaper the more they produce, and as the production methods get better. 

3M is currently planning to sell this solar panel film to companies and corporations and then move onto consumers once prices have come down. 

These solar panels for sale are only about 20% as efficient as the most efficient solar panels on the market, but have some benefits as well. Firstly, the manufacturing process should allow the panels to greatly drop in price over time. Secondly, the panels also block sunlight which act as a sunshade and can reduce temperatures. This can be very substantial for large corporate building and for homes a like. 

If you are looking at putting solar panels on your home, then you will want to watch when these solar panels go on sale. Especially once they get the manufacturing process at full scale and the prices start coming down. Since silicone is very expensive, this really could be one of the first “global” applications we see.