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Old 10-29-2013, 08:43 AM   #15
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Thus the name,Integrated Circuit ?
Yes of course. However I was actually talking about individual components bonded to the carrier of the IC.

IC is one of those words which is contextual. There are thousands of ICs created on a slice of silicon. In that context the IC also has resistors and capacitors as well as transistors, formed right on/in the silicon.

Break those ICs into individual units and they are then bonded down to a carrier, essentially a miniature circuit board, where other individual components are added. This carrier is then installed in a plastic (or ceramic) body which is what you see. Most people think of and call those ICs as well. It is this level that is damaged by the heat. OTOH the interior piece of silicon is often damaged by static electricity, another discussion entirely.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:51 AM   #16
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Mmmm! Frozen solar panels...Taste Gooood!

Okay, this post isn't helpful.. Skip right over it.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:00 AM   #17
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Mmmm! Frozen solar panels...Taste Gooood!

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LOL. You coulda put the last line first!
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:31 AM   #18
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So, am I to surmise that at 25 below zero the solar panel will be OK?

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Well Spanke in theory it should or at least its the theory of a bunch of folks on the internet whom you have never meet. YMMV
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:05 AM   #19
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The solar cells on the Mars rovers get way colder then any on Earth.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:07 AM   #20
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no doubt. However they aren't "consumer grade" either.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:55 AM   #21
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Solar panels actually perform much better in cold weather. The colder the better. High temperatures really hurt performance. Solar panels are driven by sunlight, not heat. Of course the days are shorter in the winter months, but the panels actually perform better. A side benefit is that sunlight reflected off of snow can dramatically increase production. In fact, there have been instances where reflected sunlight caused production to increase so much it exceeded the capacity of the inverter.
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:15 AM   #22
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Get an array of mirrors focused on your solar panel...

Or Fresnel lenses...
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:15 AM   #23
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Wow! Heat Seeking Missiles?????? Who'd a thunk that! and nobody even questioned it.
What a lot of tekky yakky. A simple Yes or No never seems to be the correct answer anymore. I've left mine in the boler for 3 Canadian winters with no problem, but to each his/her own.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:37 AM   #24
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It's the Mattayou that goes bad.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:07 AM   #25
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It's the Mattayou that goes bad.
OK, I can't resist, I'll be your straight man.

What's a Mattayou?

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OK, I can't resist, I'll be your straight man.

What's a Mattayou?

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I know the Matta University.
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Spanke said: What's a Mattayou?

The same thing that's a Mattayou only I got over it.
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