Flexible vs Rigid Solar Panels: The Complete Technical Comparison



๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ข๐—ป๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ-๐—–๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ, ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ:
โ˜‘ ๐—ก๐—ผ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ
โ˜‘ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ% ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜†-๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ
โ˜‘ ๐—”๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ-๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐˜†๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐˜€
โ˜‘ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ธ-๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€

๐—–๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ:

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Energy Engineer Jesse Gorter is specialized in Off-Grid Energy Systems, and in this video he gives a side-by-side comparison of flexible vs rigid conventional solar PV panels.

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The essential differences between flexible and rigid normal solar panels in 4 steps:
1. DURABILITY: How long do the panels last, and what influences their decay
2. PERFORMANCE: How do the panels perform compared to each other, and which factors are relevant
3. PRICE: What prices can be expected and how do they differ
4. FIRE HAZARD: A safety note regarding the potential fire hazard of using flexible solar panels

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31 comments

  1. Welcome to Solar Solution, the channel on Off Grid Energy Systems! My name is Jesse, I am a Renewable Energy Engineer and I share my knowledge freely so that we can all benefit and grow together.

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    Enjoy the channel, and good luck with your energy project!

    All the best, Jesse.

  2. Thank you for information give me everything I needed to make my decision . Lol specially sense had no clue starting out

  3. Hello. Good information and well organized. Very much to the point and no fluff. That's good. I wonder which panel is rain resistant, probably the rigid? I also live in the Pacific NW in USA. How well does solar even work up here? I'm in Washington state on the west side of the mountains.

  4. Eloquently explains the engineering issues in different scenarios;
    Curious have 3 engineer questions:
    Issue 1: The milky film over time due to nature elements.
    *Can situation be solve by wiping the flexible with acetone & place a thin glass on top
    Issue 2: will small dimension of 50 watts from SunPower, will degrade slower through time vs longer flexible panel
    Issue 3: will eternal bond tape at the bottom slowdown the degradation from the natural elements & decrease/barriers against temperature…

    Please Advises,

  5. Is it possible to achieve minimal bending of rigid panels? Say bending along a 10 foot radius? Any intermediate solutions?

  6. I need a lightweight solar charger for bicycle touring.
    My 24 watt rigid panel is around 2.5 pounds and I want to save as much weight as possible.

  7. Let me make this very easy for you. Flexible panels will not last and are not durable. Rigid panels have a track record and are designed to last for decades. Make your own choice

  8. Great info presented in a clear, to the point fashion- great job! Perhaps consider a different background? Very good otherwise ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. Interested in installing solar on a Park Models. Solar companies will not sell these panels to owners of a park model because they rent the lot space. Any suggestions ?

  10. Jesse, do you have a guide on evaluating quality of lead acid batteries? iI have learned over the years that cost is not always associated with quality.
    You are clear, concise, and always informative. Keep up the great work and thank you.

  11. Great video thank you! All your videos are clear concise and very informative! I wonder if you could share what type of adhesive you would recommend to glue a flexible solar panel to a painted Fiberglass Deck. Or alternatively if there's a better way to mount a flexible panel to a deck to allow air circulation under the panel. Thank you.

  12. Very well done comparison. You asked for ideas for other topics… I am in the process of selecting components for my 5th wheel RV solar system. One component I am having a difficult time finding good info on:
    Mounting hardware for rigid panels… tilt or no tilt? (sources)
    Best mounting frame anchoring method without penetrating the roof membrane?
    Best method of wire management, UV protection of wire and MPPT controllers on RV roof?
    Best method of installing junction box and roof penetration, sealing/flashing of roof penetration?

  13. Thank you for the information.
    Im interested with folding solar panel using ETFE..
    Do you mind to share anything about this?

  14. Great tips and information. Laid out the data I was looking for without a bunch of nonsense like so many other videos.

  15. alot of camper trailers use flexible panels should they only be using ridge due to durability and heating up like you mentioned?

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