# Is there a difference in voltage/current between a solar panel with 36 individual cells or one big cell?

When wiring solar cells in parallel, the current is additive but the voltage remains the same. On the other hand, when wiring solar cells in series the voltage is additive, but the current remains the same.

My question is, what would happen if you had one large solar cell that occupied the space of the entire panel (roughly the size of 36 individual solar cells, or slightly larger if you take into account the extra space that you get from not having individual cells spaced out). Would the voltage and current be roughly that of 36 cells in parallel, in series, or some different number?

• 36 times more power received but how it is internally wired is anyone's guess i.e. it can be an arrangement of parallel and series connected units. Commented Jul 7, 2020 at 16:44
• @Andyaka, I think the OP is asking about a single giant cell. Commented Jul 7, 2020 at 16:45
• @Aaron that is correct. How does the voltage/current of one single giant cell compare to 36 cells (collectively) in a standard panel. Would the voltage/current be roughly that of wiring 36 cells in series, parallel, or some different number? Commented Jul 7, 2020 at 16:47
• You'd get 0.5V at 36 * the current of the panel. Not very convenient for most applications.
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Commented Jul 7, 2020 at 18:22