What is the difference between a solar thermal panel and a photovoltaic panel?

By 11 July 2019News

The operation of solar panel as well as photovoltaic panel is entirely dependent on the sun. But, there is a difference between these two panels in the recovery and transformation of solar energy: very advantageous energy source because of its free and its availability. Estia Synergie gives you in this article the difference between a solar panel and a photovoltaic panel.


First of all, we should known that solar panels convert solar radiation into heat and photovoltaic panels produce electricity from the sun’s rays.


Solar thermal panels

We install a solar panel when we want to take advantage of the domestic hot water in our house. Sometimes it is also used for heating. In its mode of operation, this model exploits solar radiation in order to convert it into heat.

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These solar thermal panels transform sunlight into heat by radiation, this is the principle of the greenhouse effect. Then, the heat is transmitted by conduction to a heated water circuit, will be directed to a balloon that will transfer heat to the domestic water heater. The disadvantage is that when the water heater is “at good temperature”, the panels continue to produce without being able to conserve the energy produced.


Photovoltaic solar panels

Photovoltaic solar panel installations convert sunlight into electricity using the photovoltaic cells. With the inverter, the direct current will be converted into alternating current and connected to the electricity distribution network.

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The energy drawn from the rays will first be transformed into electric current. The electricity produced is ready for use, but can also be stored in batteries. Solar photovoltaic panels represent a real ecological solution for the production of electricity. They do not emit greenhouse gases and the materials used are recyclable. In addition, this kind of installation guarantees a long service life. Indeed, a photovoltaic panel generally has a lifespan of up to 30 years.

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In both cases, it is always essential to carry out a study before any installation; and Estia Synergie accompanies you and guarantees you quality installations.



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