DIY solar enthusiasts & Home owners are coming to realize the benefits and the savings from one simple fact, making solar panels at home yourself you stand to save a huge amount money on each solar panel.
Whether you're trying to get off the grid, or you just like do it yourself projects,
Bret Parkers Guide to Your Own Solar Panel package has all the information you need to build your own photovoltaic solar panels to generate free solar electricity from the sun.
Brets latest solar and wind edition has been revised and update with easy-to-follow directions, and detailed color photos and illustrations. The battery section of the solar and wind package contains new PDF files.
Building Your Own Solar Panel Package will show you how to: make-a-solar-panel package
Familiarize yourself with the terms and the names of the component parts. List every-day tools that are needed to complete this project.
Design and build PV solar panels
1 Customize solar panel output voltage and watts 2 Make tab and bus ribbon connections 3 Solder the cell together in series or parallel. 4 Wire a photovoltaic panel 5 Purchase solar cells 6 Test PV solar panels
What to expect inside a solar guide / manual
1 Information (Instruction manual) 2 Where and how to find material. 3 Solar cells, wire, solar frame parts just to mention a few 4 Step by step instructions with diagrams and photos. 5 Video instructions. 6 Tips on Assembling the Solar Panel
Designing a solar panel.
Remember the current rating or amperage of each cell can vary, a single PV solar cell, no matter how large or small, will only put out.5 volts (half a volt). Watt output is equal to volts x amps, so for example,.5v x 1.78a =.89 watts.
Most common panels, for a variety of design reasons, contain 32 to 36 individual solar cells. A 36 cell panel would give maximum voltage in a solar panel system. Designing a higher voltage panel for a cloudy location can produce more watts with less sun.
Calculate the no. of solar cells
You will need to figure how many cells add up to the voltage you want from the panel. In this project, we will use 32 single pv solar cells, each.89 watt and 4" square. This will make a solar panel that, with full sun, will put out 16 volts at almost 2 amps.
That's more than sufficient to charge a 12 volt battery supply system.
Solar Panel Layout
We now know the output of the panel (16v) and using 4 solar cells, we can plan the layout of the solar panel. Since we will use 32 cells, we can lay them out in a pattern of 4 across and 8 down (8 x 4 = 32).
Any layout will work, but this is a common size, shape and an efficient way to use the space.
One of the advantages of building your own PV panels is that you can make them any size or shape you wish, very handy when building solar panels for water vessels, cruisers and RV caravans. Basic rectangle or square is the usual configuration.
Solar Panel Position
The position for the solar panel array depends on location and your house deign. Consideration of the suns travel across the house is most important, where the sun shines the longest and without any shadows from trees and neighboring houses.
Building Your Own Solar Panels Package will show you everything you need to know about building your own solar panels and how to generate your own solar electricity.