Guidelines For Making Homemade Solar Panels
Solar panel technology has grown to be such a hot-button topic lately, and the
market has been enlarging so swiftly, that numerous people are now living fully
off the grid, away from the electric company's greedy hands.
That's just the thing for people living
in distant places or isolated locations,
because it's not always possible to
promptly get ahold of the neighbor-
hood solar technician if your neighbor-
hood is, let's say, 200 kilometers from
Solar panels are quite portable and
are light-weight, apart from the batter-
ies used to hold the energy they have
gathered. And installing the panels doesn't need any specialized electrical skills or
Needless to say the simplest way to enter the renewable energy age is to look
for an installation specialist and fork out upwards of $10,000. But in the spirit of
utilizing green technologies, building homemade solar panels seems to be deserv-
ing of a try - however there are several hurdles to avoid.
The majority of the required materials are easy to get ahold of from any hard-
ware store, but it's easy to get tripped up on the number of solar "cells" that are
available. There are many available, but the ones that we want to work with are
called photovoltaic cells. A solar cell is simply an electrical device that converts
the energy of light into electricity. Whatever you do, avoid photovoltaic solar
cells that are of a substandard grade (usually labeled `B') or which have been
dipped in wax. The wax is used to protect the cells during shipping, but is hard to
remove and may cause problems later.
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In addition, some supplies from countries such as China have been substandard
and unreliable in delivery. The actual construction process for homemade so-
lar panels is to assemble all the equipment and materials in a dry and dust free
You can find more detailed instructions on how to get started by reading other
articles about solar panels, but the general process is:
1. Start with building a simple wood or fibreglass panel, which you'll use to
mount the cells
2. Mount the cells on the panel you just made.
3. Use a soldering iron to connect all of the solar cells.
4. Connect the storage battery to the cells and check to see if you have power!
Then make an outer housing and seal it with some silicone filler. Put the panel
in the housing, cover and seal with plastic cover material, and it is ready to add
to the roof frame once painted to help heat energy absorption. Homemade
solar panels will look just as good as the professional ones and the output will
only vary slightly.As an afterthought, don't expect to get as much energy from
the panels as first imagined because lots of factors, including sunshine hours and
strength, will determine how good any system will
Finally, have you already had an energy audit done
for your house? If not, it's a great idea to have one
done before you install solar panels so you can
benefit from adopting any number of energy saving
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