There are many options for colored solar panels available today and each option has different qualities. Some colored PV panels will have a higher power than others, but they may have other limits such as the amount of colors available, or the brightness of the colors.
Colored solar panel advantages
The advantages of colored solar panels are mostly related to aesthetics. Many people find the general look of traditional solar panels to be ugly and they are therefore reluctant to have them installed on their rooftops. Architects, particularly, may not want to include them in their designs for new buildings.
Depending on the color technology chosen, colored solar modules can blend in with the overall design of a building. On the other hand, They can also be made fun and creative. This way, everyone can find a flavor of solar panel they can live with, even enjoy.
Printing images or designs on solar panels is also possible with ColorBlast®. In this case, they can be used for company branding, advertisements, or just for making your building that much more beautiful.
Consequences of colored solar panels
The science of solar is such that the blackest materials soak up the most sunlight and are therefore best for generating photovoltaic energy. When we add color to a solar panel, it becomes less efficient by definition. Some technologies are better at transmitting sunlight through the colored layers than others. Each technology has different efficiencies and often different colors within one technology will also have varying power ratings.
Even though colored solar panels generate less energy than uncolored solar panels, colored modules are simply nicer to look at. This means we can see colored PV modules being installed in places where we otherwise wouldn’t want them to be seen, such as building façades. In such BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaics) applications, the colored solar panels replace traditional building materials. Furthermore, you could even use pattern printing to create a façade that looks like marble but is actually an energy producing solar façade.
Colored solar technologies
Below you can find an overview of the colored solar panels we produce here at Kameleon Solar and some of their key qualities:
ColorBlast® colored solar is an in-house development by Kameleon Solar that uses digital, ceramic printing to create color on the glass of the solar panel.
By printing a pixel pattern on the front glass, light passes around the color to hit the cells directly beneath. This way, plenty of light can converted to energy.
ColorBlast® has the following qualities:
- 1000+ colors
- Cells are not visible
- Colorfastness of 50+ years
- Images and designs can also be printed
- Finally, colors can be made to match your project
- Read more about ColorBlast®
Kameleon Solar’s Kromatix modules have the following properties:
- 6 colors
- Cells are hidden
- Colors change with angle of light
- High power generation
- Panels also change color when wet
- Read more about Kromatix™
LOF Solar Cells
LOF colored solar cells make the solar element stand out. These colored cells are available in 2 series, sparkling and matte colors. The sparkling Marble Series is available in 5 metallic colors. The Matte Series creates 5 natural colors.
Read more about LOF colored cells here.
Compare colored solar panels
Colored PV technologies differ in so many aspects it can be difficult to get an overview. Luckily, we’ve tried to make it easy for you. Compare our colored solar technologies, for example, or browse our technologies.
Examples of colored solar panels
LOF Solar Cell