Now you are convinced. After weighing the pros and cons of building a solar panel in your home, you decide that not only is it environmentally sound, but it will also help you cut down on your electricity bill or eventually eliminate these expenses altogether. Unfortunately, having one installed just goes beyond your budget.
The next best thing though, is to make use of Do-It-Yourself kits. The mere thought of building a solar panel on your own instead of employing the service of an expert technician for your convenience may seem taxing at first. However, there are many DIY Solar Panel kits that are readily available, and with good instructions you should be able to set up your own solar panel at home with ease. Most importantly, building it will save you more money.
Don’t despair. When you want to make a solar panel at home, it is easier than you think. Below are some basic steps on how to set up this tool.
You will need the following tools: wood box where you can place your panel inside, saw, drill and screwdriver, wire cutters, wire strippers, solder, and soldering iron. To attach the solar cells to the panel container, you will need silicone glue.
A solar panel is made out of solar cells therefore you will need to get solar cells. Now, a standard 3×6 solar cell can produce 0.5 volts. You, like most people, can build panels that can provide 18 volts. For this you are going to need 36 cells per panel. You may ask, “Where do we get these cells?” The easiest way to is through eBay; you can opt for auctions of quality cells.
Once you’ve obtained these cells, you now need a container to hold them. Using wood, you can easily construct the box where you can lay out the cells carefully.
Attach the cells to the wooden container using the silicone glue. Make sure to apply enough glue to the middle of the cell as the wood will expand and contract with heat. Lay out the cells according to your plan or your design. Allow the glue to dry.
When the cells are glued in place, wire them together. A series of 36 cells wired together will give you 18 volts. Wiring them together is easier with pre-tabbed cells, because you can just solder the tabs together. Connect a diode. This valve will allow power to flow in one direction.
Finally, attach the cover and screw the cover over the box, securely.
All you need to do is to take the panel out into direct sunlight and test it. Attach a voltmeter to the panel and you should be able to read 18 volts or higher. Voila! You now have your very own solar panel.