A thin film solar panel works in a manner similar to traditional panels. The panel absorbs light and converts it to usable electricity. However, due to the use of semiconductor film deposits, thin film solar panels are much more flexible, light and durable making them better than traditional panels in many respects. In these panels, the atomic arrangement is generally inconsistent compared to crystalline silicon panels. Thin film panels can gather a greater amount of the solar energy due to a greater surface area. They are have been found in the lab to collect up to 90% of the sun’s energy, although commercially available thin-film panels are closer to traditional solar panels.