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					Making Solar Panels

There is not much involved in making solar panels, and for anyone
looking to create energy sources of their own, an investment here
can pay dividends within a matter of days.

The solar panel is essentially a series of linked cells that create a
current that can be stored and released as electrical energy. It is
possible to build the cells from scratch, but when anyone is
interested in making solar panels the best idea is to go online and
check out surplus stocks and auction sites. In this article we look at
some of those that are available and the plusses and minuses.

It seems that prices and quality can vary dramatically. US$1.20 is
about the current average for a solar panel cell, but those from China
have recently been beset with quality and supply problems so
beware.

The range of types seems endless, but for most homeowners making
solar panels photovoltaic cells, amorphous silicon or crystalline units
will be required.

Avoid those dipped in wax as they will be more difficult to work with
and potentially less efficient. Some of the other materials needed
can be sourced from the same suppliers to get the project underway
with one stop shopping.

Tabbing wire, ribbon wire, flux pens, solder, eva glue, waterproof
encapsulaters, blocking diodes and the boxes for housing are easily
available to make assembly simple. Of course if anyone wants to take

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a short cut they can just buy a readymade solar panel. From the
above materials, making solar panels will take a few hours to
construct and the tools required can be found in most home
workshops.

The usual plan is to lay out the cells in a 6x6 formation and glue them
to a backing board. Then just solder the tabbing wire in series to link
the cells with the blocking diodes at the end to stop the chance of
electricity flowing back from the storage battery at night when the
cells are obviously inactive.

Set this in a box with a well insulated reverse side, and cover the top
with a clear plastic lid to keep this waterproof. The addition of
silicone grouting will make the whole unit even more waterproof. All
that needs to be done then is to link the wiring to a storage battery,
most people use a simple 12 volt unit which is effective and easy to
store.

Making solar panels may sound simple and it is. Kit sets are available
with instructions and even videos that make the process of making
solar panels even easier. Systems such as these have been around for
several decades but new technology and advanced production
techniques have resulted in reliable units that are both cheap and
functional.

Reliability problems are now almost a thing of the past as units were
developed to operate in wilderness areas and in outer space. The
other benefit to making solar panels is that the skills learned will
make the infrequent need for maintenance even easier to do.
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The ultimate benefit will see reduced power bills for the homeowner
and independence in times where irregularities in supply from utility
companies become even more likely. Solar energy is one of the true
green energy sources that will always be with us for as long as the
sun keeps shining.




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Description: The sun is shining, and the only cloud in the sky is the latest utility bill that seems to rise every month… The answer may be that you need to seriously examine how to build your own solar panels, and here are a few tips that just might help… The solar panel is essentially a series of linked cells that create a current that can be stored and released as electrical energy. It is possible to build the cells from scratch, but when anyone is interested in making solar panels the best idea is to go online and check out surplus stocks and auction sites. In this article we look at some of those that are available and the plusses and minuses. Check out the online specials for materials and save on the construction cost. In addition, there are many suppliers who will offer everything that is required to complete the job, as well as plans and advice on assembly. The tools needed to build your own solar panels will probably already be found in the workshop and include hammer, saw, soldering iron, screw drivers and a knife. The materials list is a little longer but most people already have some timber to make the frame for mounting the panels on the roof and the screws and wood panels to make the housing for the cells. Tabbing wire, ribbon wire, flux pens, solder, eva glue, waterproof encapsulaters, blocking diodes and the boxes for housing are easily available to make assembly simple. Of course if anyone wants to take a short cut they can just buy a readymade solar panel. From the above material,s making solar panels will take a few hours to construct and the tools required can be found in most home workshops. Purchase pre tabbed photo-voltaic cells and the tab wiring to connect them. Some eva glue, solder and flux, plastic sheeting to cover the lid of the housing as well as blocking diodes to stop current reversal, and the project can be started. The next step is to make a cup of coffee and make some decisions on where the panels are going to be sited. A south faci