Types of solar panels
How to benefit from solar energy at home
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What are solar panels?
Solar panels, also called photovoltaic panels or solar cells, are technological devices used to convert the sun's energy into electrical energy.
Solar energy is one of the most efficient, economical, and non-polluting renewable energy sources.
In Spain, we have an average of between 2,500 and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, which makes solar energy an excellent alternative to traditional energy sources. Are you interested in committing to this renewable energy in your home or business? Do you want to know more about solar energy and its benefits? Find out all about the different types of solar panels and what you should take into account when choosing the best one for you.
Types of solar panels
Solar panels allow us to make the most of an inexhaustible and free resource, sunlight, and transform it into energy through a 100%-clean process, as no carbon dioxide is generated.
There are three main types of solar panels: photovoltaic panels, thermal collectors, and hybrid solar panels.
Benefits and characteristics of the different types of solar panels
Here are the characteristics, benefits, and disadvantages of each type of solar panel.
Some types of solar thermal panels, such as concentrating solar-thermal panels, transform this heat into steam to drive a generator’s turbines, for example.
Additionally, these systems can also be combined with other renewable energies, such as wind power, to obtain a greater energy contribution.
Innovation and new types of solar panels
In addition to the aforementioned types of solar panels, industry continues to innovate to achieve increasingly efficient energy solutions, such as concentrator photovoltaics, bifacial panels, spherical cells, heterojunction solar cells, among others.
Aware of the value of this infinite natural resource, at Repsol, we consider solar energy to be one of the main pillars of our energy strategy. Our company's photovoltaic projects include solutions such as Solar360, where together with Telefónica, we offer a self-consumption solution for single-family homes, homeowners associations, and companies. Or Repsol Solmatch, a Solar Communities project, which allows those who cannot install solar panels of their own to consume solar energy in their homes, getting connected to the energy generated within a 500-meter radius.
At a corporate level, the Repsol Group also relies on solar panels to reduce its net carbon dioxide emissions, implementing energy self-supply solutions at its service stations, which in many cases are also Solar Communities that share energy with their neighbors. So far, this system has already been successfully installed in many of the group's service stations in Spain, demonstrating the efficiency of these state-of-the-art energy solutions.
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