Nearly every quote you get for a solar panel, it has a crystalline solar panel. Two to three years ago, monocrystalline solar panels were the most common types of solar panels utilized in America residential solar installations.

But polycrystalline solar panels seem to have been used over the last three years. In the industry, these kinds of crystalline silicon panes are just referred to as ‘Poly’ or ‘Mono’ panels.

Monocrystalline vs. Polycrystalline

It’s recommended that you don’t tire over monocrystalline vs. polycrystalline details, but go for a good brand. What’s a dependable brand? It’s the one that has invested heavily in the quality of their manufacturing process and reputation.

Monocrystalline and polycrystalline are similar in performance. The two factors determine the outcome of lifetime system performance: 

  • A solar panel that lacks defects
  • Having a company that replaces the panels whenever performance falls under the warranted levels

The film is a different technology that performs better in minimal light conditions. That’s when there’s partial shading or in extreme heat. But this technology is less efficient and utilizes more roof space.  

Monocrystalline

It’s the most developed and the oldest of the three technologies. Like the name indicates, the panels are built from a single continuous crystal layer. They appear as single flat colors; thus, you can identify them from other types.

Construction

Monocrystalline is built via the Czochralski technique where manufacturers place silicon crystal “seed” in a vat of molten silicon. The germ is gradually withdrawn, making the molten silicon to form ingot. It’s a hard crystal substance “enveloping the seed.”

The final result is called a silicon wafer and is the one made into a cell. The Czochralski process leads to big cylindrical ingots whereby four sides are cut from ingots to build silicon wafers. A large amount of the original silicon becomes waste. 

Polycrystalline

Polycrystalline or Multicrystalline is the newer technology and differs in the production process.  

Construction

The process of building polycrystalline starts the same as monocrystalline. But the crystal seed is not withdrawn and is allowed to cool. It’s what forms the grains and edges in the solar cell. 

Despite polycrystalline being thought as inferior to Monocrystalline, the former is known to be slightly efficient. But since they’re easy and cheap to produce, they have dominated the residential solar panels market.

Trina Solar declared it had manufactured a multi-crystalline cell with 21.25% efficiency in November 2015. That should permit them to manufacture polycrystalline modules with effectiveness ranging from 18 to 20%. The concept was thought as nearly impossible in 2013.

The new record for p-type multicrystalline solar cells saw the continued quality enhancements of multicrystalline wafers. That has aided in pushing standard 60-cell multicrystalline panes from 240W to 260W over the last couple of years.

In terms of efficiency, polycrystalline is close to monocrystalline cells.

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The Rise of Soft Skills in the Digital Age

I’m not going to waste your time talking about how ingrained technology is in all our lives. You may be reading this on your smartphone while killing time at work, where you stare at a separate screen for hours, only to drive home and turn on another screen to relax.

Or maybe you’re rewarding yourself with a little down time after seeing your Fitbit has recorded an extra 1,000 steps today.  Or your kid is using the computer, so you’re tethered to the wall by the tablet charging cable, looking for a well-written blog post.  Or maybe you’re not, but the point is that you could see yourself, or anyone, in that situation.

This obsession with technology has led to an explosion of never-conceived businesses and jobs. Social media, IT departments, software development, data security, the list goes on, and we’re only going to become more dependent as time goes on.

Organizations estimate that one-third of their human resources budgets are delegated for hiring IT talent; computer science majors experience a 76% increase in their salary in just the first three years. Clearly, the stats all say that hard tech skills are what job seekers should be focusing on. Except that’s not the whole story.

With connectivity comes complexity

As technology becomes more and more ingrained in our lives, so does its complexity.  No one outside of a calculus classroom carries a phone and a calculator. Some of us rarely turn on a PC anymore, since our smartphones are sufficient for quick browsing.  Our cars come enabled with Bluetooth.

Soon, every household appliance will be connected to a singular device, which we will also use to send messages, pay for groceries, tell our car where to take us, open our front door, monitor our daily steps, and automatically remind us of appointments- and it already does most of that.

But as the interconnectivity and complexity of technology rises, our ability to understand it decreases. We can’t keep up with the constant stream of our own inventions. While specialists might be able to fully utilize every software update, most of us can’t be bothered to learn all the nuances every time.

That’s why IT is such an emerging field, but even they won’t be able to keep up with the coming technological evolutions. As Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner, says, “Our best hope may be that computers eventually will become smart enough to maintain themselves.”

Importance of soft skills

Where does that leave business now? While you certainly can’t forego employees with the technical skills that you need, you need soft skills now more than ever. According to an Adecco Staffing survey, there are twice as many business executives concerned with the soft skill gap than those worried about hard skills.

Traits like communication and critical thinking are becoming more highly valued than straight computer skills. Some businesses that require their employees to have technical know-how, like engineering firms, have tried to ignore soft skills in favor of some desperately sought-after experience, but this is no longer possible.

In fact, it’s commercial acumen, communication skills, and adaptability that employers should be prioritizing. Adaptability is especially useful in a world where technology is constantly evolving, and, realistically, malfunctioning.  Sometimes things do not go to plan, and employees need to take that in stride.

Similarly, it won’t matter how well you understand CSS or can fix a pipe if no one can relate to you. Google provides consumers with ten options on just the first page, and they will reject your business if they can’t communicate with your employees.  Additionally, your business will also suffer if your employees can effectively communicate with each other.

Moving forward

It’s important to provide employees with both soft and hard skill training. This can be expensive and time-consuming, so you will have to strike a balance particular to you. If you work in an industry that the hard skills can be learned on the job or fairly quickly, make sure you’re searching for candidates with appropriate soft skills.

However, if your employees must have hard skills before they walk through the door, that doesn’t give you an excuse to ignore soft skills entirely. Offer soft skill training and assessments, because while soft skills are more difficult to measure, they are just as important.

That holds true even in this technological age. We may cling to our iEverythings, but only because they allow us to tap into humanity. Your business needs to utilize this underlying need.

People may pay for your product or service if you can deliver, but using the human element gives you that much more leverage.  In a world where your competitors are accessible at the click of a mouse, you’ll need all the soft skills you can get.

Author: Dayton socializes for a living and writes for fun. She will forever be a prisoner of her family’s business, doomed to inherit responsibility despite frequent existential protests. 

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Oppo Super VOOC Flash Charge – Awesome Fast Charging Technology Can Fully Charge A Smartphone In 15 Minutes…

Fast charging is the "buzz word" when it comes to new smartphone technology, Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 is one such offering from the leading chip manufacturer which is now being advertised as a prominent feature in supporting smartphones. Oppo - the Chinese cellphone brand has now demoed a much faster charging technology offering a full-battery charge (2500mAh) from 0% to 100% in less than 15 minutes.

Oppo's claims it's "Super VOOC" technology to be "world's fastest and safest fast charging technology", unlike the competition which uses high-voltage for faster-charging which results in higher-temperatures making things hotter and riskier. Oppo makes use of the standard 5v low voltage which is within standard levels for smartphone charging, ensuring the utmost safety, stability and device sustainability. Usage of low-voltage is not only safer and efficient but also allows the user to use the smartphone while fast-charging which is not possible with rival technologies.

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Are You Underestimating the Power of Search Engines?

Many businesses simply aren’t using search engine optimization… well, optimally! This seems to stem from a lack of understanding from how important search engines are when it comes to driving traffic to your website. Even some of the ones that do understand the importance don’t quite understand how exactly that traffic is going to be generated.

How a search engine doesn’t work

Many people think that search engines are a ubiquitous, ultra-dynamic technology. The likes of Google know exactly when a new website is created and adds it to some database. If a user enters the right term, that website will be among the search results, probably not too far from the front page.

Unfortunately, it’s not quite a simple as that. It’s true that companies like DuckDuckGo can return results from pretty much anywhere on the World Wide Web. But these companies don’t return comprehensive or neutral results.

The selectivity of search engines

Thousands of websites are being created every day. As a result, search engines have to show a degree of selectivity when it comes to the results of a searcher’s inquiry.

When you search for something, you’re not getting unfiltered results from a neutral source. Filters are in place that prevent business owners who are using unethical SEO tactics from appearing in search results.

There have been many times in which disputes between a website and a search engine have culminated in throttled search results. Remember the dispute between Genius and Google? This was the result of unhealthy SEO.

Understanding searcher psychology

When someone wants to find something, they’re going to use the search term they feel is most appropriate. Many companies assume that there can only be a limited number of obvious search terms that would lead to their company. But a user doesn’t always use the inquiries or search terms you might expect. Not everyone visits Google knowing exactly what they’re looking for!

You also need to understand that your average searcher is not going to look beyond the first two or three pages of search results. They’re likely to use one of the first few results or change their search term.

Getting to grips with the numbers

As you can see, the world of search engines is a complex one. It makes the workload of really good SEO absolutely tremendous. Understanding how the various algorithms of sites and psyches of users is no small task. It’s why many companies choose to use SEO consulting. It’s also why many companies simply don’t bother with SEO at all.

But when you see the numbers, your mind should be changed. The average number of Google searches per month hovers around the figure of six billion. And make no mistake: it’s search engines that are the most common gateway to any given business. It’s not television advertising or social media marketing. (Not that you should be ignoring the latter!) It’s organic search results.

You cannot afford to underestimate the power of search engines when it comes to your digital marketing. Don’t put your company at risk by ignoring it!

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