solar panel theory - current / voltage source

There has been numerous posts/threads/discussions about solar panels that show some differences in understanding about the theory behind them.

I'm not going into great detail here, just pointing out some basic reference material that may educate people to some of the terms and theory that is being discussed.

The main reason that some people keep referring to the theory is that it really does explain what is going to happen when the 'sunshine hits the panel' :)

A brief intro to all of this is availlable on wikipedia.

Solar panel info

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Reply By: greybeard - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 17:33

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 17:33
oops hit the wrong button :(

current source

voltage source

Note the electrical equivalent of a solar panel has a current source as it's primary generator. Then read up on the current source information.

If this doesn't clarify things about connecting solar panels to batteries then you may need to do some more work on your electrical theory :(

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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 19:55

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 19:55
Thanks for that greybeard. There is some informative reading there. I have put that away in my "future reference" file for when I need to refer to it again. Bob.

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