Homemade Solar Panels - The Tools to Get You Started
People are often surprised when I tell then that it can be really simple to build your own homemade solar panel. You do not need specialist tools to construct your project. In many cases you will have the tools required already in your garage or toolbox! Even if you do not already own these tools, you can pick them up cheaply.
You will only need two manual skills for your entire DIY solar panel construction. The first is a bit of woodwork knowledge to build the panel enclosure and mount the actual cells. The second skill is the electrical part which will require you to connect the mounted cells together. This really is simply wiring and connecting the cells in the correct way. Do not fear though any good renewable energy guide will have full instructions on both skills.
To make the panel enclosure you will need a wood saw, drill and screwdriver. The method is pretty easy once you get started and requires some cutting, gluing and bolting the wood together.
To connect the mounted sides together you will require wirecutters and strippers and a soldering iron for the cell connections. Be careful when using a soldering iron, make sure you follow the instructions and I would suggest that any soldering is either done outside or in your garage.
I believe it is possible with some prior planning to build efficient homemade solar cells. To get the best possible results use good quality plans taken from a proven guide.
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By Nigel Whittaker