Always use appropriate safety gear, such as a mask, gloves, and eye protection. As with any chemical substance, SiC can be hazardous if inhaled or ingested. Keep out of reach from children and pets. Make sure to store in a cool dry place that is inaccessible to others. The shelf life of SiC is approximately 3 years before it begins to break down.
(1) Longer shelf life than silicon-based solar cells: One of the benefits of silicon carbide (SiC) over traditional silicon-based cells is that it has a longer shelf life (roughly three times). As silicon breaks down over time and becomes less effective, SiC does not degrade like other materials.
A crucial advantage for those living in regions where temperatures exceed 60 degrees Celsius, because they cannot rely on constant sunlight to power their devices. Unlike other cells, SiC generates its own voltage at zero current due to band gap conduction—meaning no electricity is required to produce power. Another benefit is the lack of degradation when high temperature levels are reached; this means its capabilities will last for decades rather than breaking down after 10 years like silicon cell material does. On top of all these perks, researchers believe there’s one more unique property that sets SiC apart from the rest.
(2) Thin layer of earth abundant material: SiC is extremely thin—about 2 microns thick compared to 50+ microns for a silicon cell. In theory, this means manufacturers could stack two cells together with room in between them (which could lead to greater efficiency). However, it also creates an obstacle when trying to manufacture them because tools typically used for handling semiconductors might cause damage during production. When processing silicon-based cells, manufacturers would need very specialized equipment which costs millions of dollars whereas only $500 would suffice when working with SiC; therefore making it more affordable option.