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Crystalline Silicon is a general term for the crystalline (molecular crystal structure) forms of silicon (Si) i.e., multicrystalline silicon (multi-Si) and monocrystalline silicon (mono-Si) used predominantly in the manufacture of Solar Cells and semiconductor products.

Crystalline Silicon is used in Solar Cells which are assembled into a solar panel and part of a photovoltaic system to generate solar power from sunlight.

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As of mid 2016, a very large percentage of solar modules used are of the crystalline cell variety. This is because of the fact that the cost of crystalline solar cells has been decreasing rapidly over the past 10 years, and this technology has held its competitiveness to a large extent over the competing thin-film solar technology.

Almost 90% of the global installations of solar power plants today use crystalline solar panels.

Source: Crystalline Silicon Module from Solar Mango’s Solar Dictionary

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