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Connecting different types of solar panels together

  1. Apr 21, 2012 #1
    Dear Experts

    I like to check with you , if I have 3 solar panels : 3v polycrystaline, 0.5v monocrystaline and other types of solar panel at 12v, and I connect them in series. Any side effects? Is it not advisable?

    I am assuming that there will be no problem and all the voltages will just add up without any problem.

    Please advise. Thank you very much.

    Warm regards
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 22, 2012 #2
    Mostly they just add. There can be issues with current however where the lowest capacitor cell defines the maximum current of all of them together.
  4. Apr 27, 2012 #3
    Thanks Jsgruszynski :).

    Interesting nick, by the way ;)
  5. Apr 28, 2012 #4


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    I believe there could be an issue. If you try to pass more current than a cell is designed for then won't you get over-heating?
    On multiple panel PV arrays they put diodes across each unit so that it will still pass current even if it's shaded. This sounds like a similar thing.
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