How To Make Solar Panels - Do It Yourself

Solar panels convert solar energy into electrical energy that you can use as electricity in your households or business. With some tools you can find at home, and some items from a hardware store, you can make solar panels at home by yourself. By doing so, you get to dodge hiring a professional service, and therefore save yourself lots of money.

Here are some of the supplies that you will need to get the work done: An electric stove or a hotplate (with 1100 watt capacity); sheet metal sheers, which will make the base of your panels; and a micro-ammeter (that can read currents from 10 to 50 microamperes).

Here is a quick overview of the process. You'll want greater details before you get started. Check out the resources on this site, and this recommended product, to help you.

Getting Started

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You will start with making use of the sheet metal sheers to cut the copper flashing into a rectangular or square, to be able to fit over the electric burner. You must thoroughly clean the copper before usage. Using sandpaper will do the trick. It removes the corrosion which might have built up over the particular pieces.

Then, you connect the copper flashing to your burner. It must be cooked for 30 to 45 minutes, yielding a thicker layer of black cupric oxide over the wire. This is necessary in producing the energy required for your panels.

Next, you must let the copper cool down completely. This way, the cupric oxide will have time to form in place. The period of time for this process to finish depends on the copper’s thickness, as well as how thick the layer has formed.

After it has cooled down, you will have to scrub the copper under running water. You must go through with this process as gently as you can, so you don’t remove any of the red cuprous oxide, which is produced from the heat flashing process.

Next, you will have to cut a second piece of copper the same size as the previous one. Then, you attach both of these panels with the use of alligator clips, and then have them attached to the interior of a bottle that has a wide opening. They must not touch, and they should be bent to match the bottle’s curves they are put in.

Put It All Together

Afterwards, connect the lead on which is on the alligator clip. Then, you will have this fastened to your previously cleaned copper plate, then have it attached to the positive terminal meter. The negative terminal will be connected to the opposite end, which is the cuprous oxide plate.

Fill your jar with warm salt water solution, and make sure it barely covers the bottom of the plate. See to it that the clips are above the water solution. Be sure to keep them dry.

Lastly, you will have to place the final product in direct sunlight. The gauge jump you will notice will display the power of the current produced by your homemade panels. This project is rather simple, especially if you just want your own panels on a small scale setting.

However, the power you will be able to create in this example is not enough to power an entire household or office. However, with a larger scale model of solar panels, following the same concepts and principle, you will be able to do so.

Other Options

There are hundreds of step by step guides that you can find online that explain how to make solar panels for your home or business. You can also buy guidebooks at a book store such as Amazon. Or take the easier path and buy a solar panel kit (such as this 60W kit or this 260W kit). This option provides the instructions as well as everything you need to complete the projects.

Final Thoughts

Whether follow the ideas on this page, or the guidance of other books and resources, make sure you have sufficient access to solar energy. If your house is in the woods and covered with shade you won't have much opportunity to receive the solar energy to convert into electricity. You wouldn't be able to get good results from your solar panels.

Also keep in mind that the types of solar panels you make may just be small scale, providing enough electricity for an electrical outlet to power a few small devices. Or, if you scale up, perhaps you can power a room or even your house. It all depends on how big you want to go.

 

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