"Shorting" and "loading" a solar panel

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"Shorting" and "loading" a solar panel

Postby priya » Mon May 30, 2011 7:28 am

Hello folks,

I have a a query- Is shorting solar panels for a long time harmful to solar panels in any way? If i connect a certain load which demands more current than what can be generated through panels, then voltage of panels will drop. Now again, a short like condition will be generated. Is this 'loading' condition harmful to panels ? What is the difference in damage done to panels in both the cases? Which is more harmful?

Thanks.
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Re: "Shorting" and "loading" a solar panel

Postby paulmil » Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:54 pm

Panels are not harmed by shorting but don't do it any way, it is a waste of energy.

Design the system to work at the maximum power point of the solar panel.

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