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Old 11-02-2014, 10:04   #1
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How efficient are mars rover solar panels?

I would assume more efficient than the affordable panels we buy but the technology may trickle down at some point right?
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Re: How efficient are mars rover solar panels?

I would not make that assumption. I would assume that the panels used by NASA are pretty much the same efficiency as the higher end panels available to all of us--though with considerable additional expense put into making them rugged enough to survive the flight to, and the environment on, Mars.
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Re: How efficient are mars rover solar panels?

It would be interesting to know how intense the Sun is on Mars and how much power they're actually receiving.
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Re: How efficient are mars rover solar panels?

Since I posted I found some info that the panels on the mars rover in 2004 were 27.5% efficient, I assume they have much better efficiency now.

Also, as I understand it, the amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of mars is about 1/2 that of the earth.

I also found this:

Which Solar Panels Are The Most Efficient?
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