Making Solar Panels From Scratch

The idea of generating power from a renewable resource is appealing to many consumers. Not only is it cost efficient, but also environmentally friendly. The only trouble is that, even knowing how much they will save, consumers cannot always shell out the investment required for purchasing panels. On the other hand, some realize that they are handy, and they resent the cost of panels which they know should be cheaper than they are. They should try making solar panels from scratch.

With the number of books and internet sites devoted to this subject, it is quite easy for someone with some aptitude for this kind of thing to get started. A number of the items you need could be available in the industrial scrap bins at work, around your house, or at the local hardware store. Kits, widely available in hardware stores, come with manuals to explain the building process. Ultimately, you can expect to pay considerably less to construct a set of panels that is just as durable as a good quality, pre-made product if you follow instructions and use quality materials.

The process differs between PV and thermal panels. When you are capturing DC energy for conversion to domestic AC power, the system is electrical. With a thermal panel, the system requires a lot of pipes. You will be heading to the plumbing section of your local store.

As for the size of panel you need, think about how much power your want and how you will be applying it. Some people just want to do this as a kind of science project, and will be operating toys with their newly harnessed solar power as a means of entertaining their kids. Some will create items of no practical use in their lives but which demonstrate the process by which the sun’s energy can be used to create energy. Others are trying to power their homes, a lighting system in the yard, or just heat a pool. Each of these contexts puts different demands on a system. In terms of electricity, this will mean that the wattage capabilities of your system will have to be high enough to cope with household electricity usage, or just lamps in and around your property, for example.

If this idea of building the actual panels from scratch is beyond you, consider installing pre-made ones by yourself. Just read reviews first. There are a number of bargain priced panels out there that do not work well and break quickly. Do not be tempted to purchase cheap equipment unless you are just fooling around. Take this seriously enough and you could be saving yourself hundreds of dollars each year in utility bills. Even if this is just a science experiment with your kids, the result is that you will be teaching them a number of valuable lessons about how much it costs to run a home, energy consumption and waste, and the impact of certain types of energy on the natural world. You might even inspire a young scientist.

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