BP Solar Global is one of
the world’s foremost solar energy companies. It is based in Madrid,
Spain and has manufacturing facilities in both India and China. They
have branches all around the world including in the United States, the
United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, India, Africa, the
Middle East, and South Korea. BP Solar manufactures a complete line of
high-quality solar panels for almost any application or need, although
the line of products available depends on which country you are in as
each division offers different solutions tailored for the specific
region and climate.
They also work with
certified installers in each of the countries so you can purchase your
panels and schedule the installation all in one place, while being
confident that your panels are being installed by certified
professionals. BP Solar produces everything from small marine or RV
solar panels to giant solar arrays for any large commercial
or industrial project. Many of the largest solar arrays in the world
were constructed using panels manufactured by BP Solar.
Photovoltaic Cells in BP Solar Panels
BP Solar manufactures two
distinct types of PV cells for use in their panels: monocrystalline
cells and multicrystalline cells.
The monocrystalline cells
are the more advanced, efficient line of cells that BP produces. They
are used for areas which need to generate maximum energy in a
relatively space area.
These cells are dark black
and are therefore
also used for aesthetic reasons as well, as they blend in with most
existing roof structures much better than do the blue multicrystalline
These BP solar cells are
normally only used for situations where
a large amount of energy needs to be generated or to fit in with a
building’s existing structure, and usually cost quite a bit more than
the multicrystalline cells.
The panels made with
multicrystalline cells are much cheaper than their monocrystalline
counterparts, although they also sacrifice some efficiency as well.
These cells are dark blue, so they are more obtrusive on most roofs
than the monocrystalline cells. These BP solar cells are manufactured
to fit any residential or light commercial need, and are the ideal
choice for most all applications because of their greatly reduced price.
Benefits of BP Solar
BP panels have many
benefits over their competitors beginning with the strong, sturdy
construction of the solar panel frame. The panels are known to be
stronger and last longer than most panels on the market. Another
benefit lies in the different technologies BP uses to make their panels
more efficient than other panels. These include using anti-reflective
glass to increase energy production; increased solar cell padding
protection to defend against damage; and BP’s patented InnerCool
technology which allows the cells to function at much
temperatures, thus vastly increasing the life of each panel.
Solar Panel Product Lines
Grid Solar Panels
BP 4 Series Products
The 4 series line of solar
cells consists of 165 to 190 watt panels which are manufactured for use
in residential and small commercial buildings. They are best suited for
use in buildings under 20,000 square feet, although multiple 4 series
panels can be used for larger buildings. The 4 series uses 72
monocrystalline cells in each panel.
BP 3 Series Products
The 3 series line of
panels comes in a range of wattages from 215 to 235 watts. These panels
are still ideal for use in buildings under 20,000 square feet, but also
for larger commercial applications as well. They are also well suited
for construction companies and other industrial uses. The 3 series
panels use 60 multicrystalline cells in each panel, and the panels are
black so they are suited for residential uses where the owner wants the
panels to blend in with the existing roof.
BP Q Series Products
The Q series line comes in
panels ranging from 220 to 235 watts. The Q series uses
multicrystalline cells and has the highest performance and efficiency
of any of the standard cells. They are suited for any of the situations
previously mentioned, and they also work well in off-grid situations
unlike the 4 or 3 series panels.
BP Off Grid Products
The BP line of off grid
panels comes in a wide range of wattages- from 4.5 watts all the way to
125 watts. These BP solar panels are ideal for any solar system which
relies on a battery to store energy. The panels are smaller than
traditional grid tie panels, so this makes them much more portable and
ideal for using in remote locations. Because of the limited wattage of
these panels, it may be necessary to install multiple panels if you
wish to power an entire home. The off grid panels are also an ideal
choice for providing energy to your RV or generating electricity for a
water pump or well.
BP EnergyTile Products
BP EnergyTiles are 65 watt
multicrystalline tiles designed to look like flat concrete roof tiles,
and are also known as solar
shingles. They are best suited for
residential usage, as they do not produce as much power for the area
they take up. The biggest benefit of BP EnergyTiles lies in their
aesthetic value as they are able to mimic roof shingles and thus blend
in perfectly with many existing roofs.
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