Black solar panels, sleek and uniform in colour, are of high quality and have many applications. With a black frame, you get an all-black PV panel that does not look out of place on many buildings and structures.
For a business application, you want a high-quality product with a long lifespan. With standard solar panels, there are broadly two options: poly and monocrystalline cell structures incorporated into a PV panel. Polycrystalline solar cells are cooled and created randomly and with several cells at once, resulting in an uneven colour and white dots and lines on a blue solar panel. Monocrystalline solar cells are cooled in a controlled manner, giving a sleek black panel with a solid colour and even distribution.
Solar panels in black are not only more beautiful. Due to the controlled high-quality manufacturing process, the yield is higher than polycrystalline blue solar panels. In addition, the yield remains high over their lifetime. Every PV panel degrades, with the yield decreasing over the years. A monocrystalline solar panel degrades less quickly than a polycrystalline solar panel.
Most people choose black solar panels because they match the building and its surroundings better. Black works with all colours and does not stand out very much. The standard blue panels do stand out and do not go as well with a red, grey or green surface. In a number of situations, such as a monument or protected town or villagescape, a blue solar panel will not be approved by the local authority.
A solar panel consists of a substrate, solar cells and a glass sheet. This is held together by an aluminium frame. Depending on the manufacturing process, aluminium is also visible between the solar cells. For a black solar panel, the aluminium can be anodised in black, giving an all-black or full black solar panel. If the solar panels are then mounted tightly together, an even black surface with a uniform appearance is created.
Theoretically, monocrystalline solar panels have a higher yield than polycrystalline solar panels. It is important to highlight this, because the production processes involved determine the final yield and quality. There are other differences between the two types of panels. A polycrystalline panel has a higher yield in diffuse light, a monocrystalline solar panel in direct light. Since both forms of light, direct sunlight and light cloud cover. This makes little difference. A black solar panel does heat up more in direct light. Solar panels have a higher efficiency at low temperatures, so this adversely affects the higher efficiency of a monocrystalline panel.
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FAQ – Frequently asked questions
A monocrystalline solar panel is black due to the manufacturing process. This is a high-quality product, which ensures higher efficiency, lower degradation and an even colour.
A solar panel converts 5% to 25% of light into electricity, with a black solar panel being at the upper end of that range. This depends on the quality, location and orientation of the solar panel.