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Build your own Solar Panels, any size cheap

Build your own Solar Panels, any size cheap

Postby ponun » Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:54 pm

I ran across this neat video and thought why didn't we post something like this sooner?

Well, there are many youtube videos that show you how to make simple solar panels at home for a fraction of the cost of buying a large solar panel. You can make them as big as you want and use solar to your advantage, even have a home built solar panel or two for backup power after an EMP if you have any solar panels go out or wear out in the future.

Here is a simple video to tell you how. You don't have to buy any schematics, they already tell you how to do it, plus there are many videos online for free to watch to build solar panels too.
http://www.homemadeenergy.org/special/mb/video.php

If the video gets taken down, I have downloaded it so it will also be available later too.


The concept is simple. As explained in the video above.

1. Buy small solar cells cheap online in bulk.
2. Solder them together to get as many watts as you want by adding more solar cells to make a larger solar panel.
3. Put the cells on a piece of plywood.
4. Cover the cells with Plexiglas or with glass (even a free window you found cut to size). Glue the Plexiglas to make it water tight.

Anyone can build these and save money.

Each 1.8 watt cell can be found for less than a dollar each. Buying in large volume saves you even more money and you can find deals for .50 cents each.

Here is another how to build your own solar panel from Instructables.com with broken solar cells, but it needs improving on its looks. haha
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Solar-Panel/

Build your own solar cell youtube video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zy3ELxwdtE

Here are some websites, prices, deals and things to get a few ideas from.

Some nice cells for nice prices.
http://plastecs.com/solar-cells.html

Ebay has some deals.

Wholesale electronics outlets sometimes carry solar cells, which when I do find them they are about a buck each or less. Seen them many times in the past.

How about those cheap solar garden lights you can buy at yard sales for less than a buck. Some end up in the dumpsters, find them keep them.

Some news. MIT researcher finds how to make solar panels transparent, which one day could turn every window into solar energy panels and skyscrapers would be pure energy plants from all the windows collecting energy from the sun.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/ ... ar-panels/

Then on top of that if you are too cheap to buy solar cells, you can actually make them in your own home yourself.

http://www.thesolarplan.com/articles/yo ... ector.html

And yes, the word silicon is key here. Remember those CD's that get all scratched and you have to throw away? They can be turned into solar cells with some strands of tin or tin foil rolled up to make your leads and cells with (like cells in a battery). Just look at a solar cell picture and follow the blueprint of how they did with the tin cells in the solar cell. Then make two leads coming off so you can solder wires onto that. Spray with silicon spray to make the cell complete. (Several thin coats.) Then cover with glass or clear plastic and you have one cell or a complete panel depending how big you make it and how many cells you added to it. You can get the same amount of power with you own home made solar panels, which might not look as nice and might be bigger, but it saved you money.

So good to know when all else fails and there is a time when you need power for something, even just LED lights for your bug out camp. A simple cell will charge any of those millions of small AA, AAA or C even D batteries laying around that will be still around long after a disaster happens and can be recharged to light some LED lights or use a car battery and make a panel to charge that for running radios, etc.

For a bonus here is another how to build a solar panel from treehugger.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/09 ... s-ebay.php
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Re: Build your own Solar Panels, any size cheap

Postby John612 » Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:13 am

Hi, you have shared awesome videos. I did not know about this that even we can build our own solar panels ourselves. It's not that difficult, only certain things we will have purchase that are required in building panels and i think those would be easily available in the market.

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