How to Make a Solar Panel

by admin on August 13, 2012

HOW TO MAKE A SOLAR PANEL:

If you are here to learn how to make a solar panel, then you are in the right place. I will help you make a 63 watt panel. The procedure is quite simple and is outlined below.

STEPS TO MAKE A SOLAR PANEL:

1. Make a template for your solar cells. You will need a regular cardboard, plywood, a staple gun and tile spacers for this process. The tile spacers serve the purpose of keeping even the solar cells. Use a ruler for alignment and jigsaw to cut your plywood.

Put your frame together once the template is ready. Cutting a 1x2x8 piece of wood for the outer frame will do. Make sure the outer frame is not too high to create a hindrance to the sunlight. This can be achieved by screwing those pieces onto the 2×4 pressure treated framework.

Apply the siding paint as well as the deck on the frame.

 

2. Assemble the solar cells keeping in mind that the bottom part of the cells is the positive side. Connect the cells in series using tabbing wire and soldering iron. Thirty six cells will give you 63 watts.

Use a bus wire to connect three solar cell strings. The bus wire will curl up to create one long string.

 

3. The frame and pegboard should have two coats of paint. Put carefully the cells inside the frame so you can get a rough idea of where to insert the screws then remove them. Screw the pegboard down.

 

4. The positive and negative connections need to run out. Drill two holes for this at the end of the frame.

 

5. To glue down the solar cell strings to the pegboard, you will need silicon.
Solder your bus wire to bond the solar cell strings on one end. Confirm the voltage once you solder two strings instead of waiting till all solar cell strings are connected.

 

6. Once the solar strings are set up in your choice, the gauge wires are ready to be soldered. You can ease the soldering process by connecting connectors on the lead ends of the gauge wires.

 

7. You can make the inside of the panel look better with the use of wire mold strips running along.

 

8. At this point, test the voltage of the panel by taking it outside in daytime.

 

9. You will need to hook up a deep cycle battery to an inverter and charge controller. The process is simple. Connect charge controller (solar side) to the panel connection. Connect the other side of the charge controller to the deep cycle battery. Hook the battery and the inverter and you are good to go.

 

10. There should be even pressure for the security of your Plexiglas on the edges of the solar panel. For this to be, the same outer plywood frame you have at the bottom covering the plexi wood should be spread at the top. The screws you are using should be made from pressure treated lumber, and should be carefully drilled to avoid cracking the glass.

 

11. At this point, the solar panel should have a junction box installed. When the solar panel is hooked to the battery, there is backflow of current so if the charge controller does not control this, it is advisable to bring a blocking diode along with the junction box. Put the diode outside the panel so that if it needs replacing you will not have to open the whole package. Check the voltage again before mounting the panel on your roof.

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Solar Panels for your Outdoor Fountain

by Melissa on July 28, 2011

Solar energy does a lot of great things. It can power our homes, our businesses, and even run the air-conditioning in our cars. One of its many applications is powering fountains. Solar powered outdoor fountains have been around for some time now, but the last few years have seen some great products come out, making solar products more stylish and efficient than in years past. Here’s a look at all you need to know on using solar panels to power your outdoor fountains.

The first thing to consider is whether you want a fountain that comes with the solar panel and accessories or whether you want to make your own. Making your own isn’t that hard, as we’ll discuss later, but some people prefer the convenience of having everything ready to go right out of the box. For fountains that come with a panel, you’ll most often find them either mounted in the basin or outside the fountain attached by a cord. Pre-mounted ones are well positioned to get as much sun as possible, while those outside the fountain offer more versatility in where you place the fountain. For example, you could have your fountain on a shaded patio but keep the panel out in the yard to it gets plenty of sun to keep it running.

If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer, there’s different ways to go about using solar power to run your fountain. A few companies manufacture solar kits that give you everything you need to transform your electric fountain into a 100% solar powered one. These typically include a solar panel, a few fountain heads, a pump, and all the wiring you need. Some may have a stake for the panel if it’s one that sits outside the fountain. Certain kits are made to convert electric fountains and others are made to transform something that’s not a fountain, like a planter, into a fountain.

For doing it all yourself, there’s a few things you’ll need. First, obviously, is a solar panel. You’ll want to get at least a 12-volt model with 10 watts of power so it’s strong enough to power the pump. Next, you’ll need a submersible pump, also 12 volts. Most solar fountains tend to run off smaller pumps, so anything from 30-75 gallons per hour should be sufficient. Make sure your pump has plenty of head height, which refers to how high the pump can lift water up. However tall your fountain is, you’ll want a pump with head height a full foot larger. To set things up, start by installing your solar panel. You can mount it in the fountain using brackets or place it outside of it on a stand. Next, put your pump down in the water reservoir and make sure its connections to the solar panel are secure. Get the tubing that runs through your fountain in place and you should be all ready to go. Bonus tip: consider getting a backup battery for your panel that can store the sun’s energy so you can enjoy your fountain when the sun’s not out!

Don’t forget about solar power next time you’re looking at outdoor accessories – they’re an easy way to enhance the look of your home while helping the environment!

About The Author – Melissa Anne is a writer with OutdoorLiving.com/learning-center/ who loves solar powered outdoor products. For more on solar fountains, visit OutdoorFountains.com, home to solar pumps, solar fountain kits, and all sorts of other outdoor fountains.

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Home Made Solar Panels Are The Answer

by admin on March 19, 2011

With the connection of a recessing economy and it’s cultivating interest in renewable energy has many people looking at the sun for answers.

Solar energy, a renewable form of energy that can be harnessed and used to power homes and other necessary buildings, is basically free if the right hardware is setup correctly. Unfortunately, installing solar panels can come with a hefty cost which not only includes the materials cost, but the labor and installation as well.

Wherefore, many have already looked to making their own  solar panels instead. Simple step-by-step guides along with the right materials can help anyone save money on the installation and on their energy bills.

Are Home Made Solar Panels Worth The Effort?

The difference in cost of home made solar panels vs. hiring a contractor is obviously far less. Savings can add up to 10,000-20,000 dollars, however there is much more than just the materials cost to think about.

“Making home made solar panels” means that you have to make them on your own, which can take a lot of effort and time, not to mention mental pressure if things don’t work like they should.

By the way, the installation is something else you have to worry about. Putting the solar panels on the home and receiving free sun energy is not entirely easy.

And finally, many of the home made solar panel instructions found on the internet and in kits found in stores are actually easy to do step-by-step. Simple step by step instructions combined with video tutorials of the exact process make building your own solar panels relatively pain free.

If you do buy a “how to make a solar panel guide”, the most important thing to realize is that there is work involved. Just buying the instruction manuals or the kits will not bring energy into your home. It’s only after you purchase the materials and actually do the work do things finally start to happen.

Whatever you do decide to do, good luck in the process and happy free energy to you!. Here’s to a cleaner environment and a cheaper energy bill!

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Introduction to GreenDIYenergy

by admin on March 19, 2011

Hi, welcome to my GreenDIYenergy review blog! I bought this “how to make a solar panel” guide just about seven months ago because I had heard so much about greendiyenergy on the web. I searched around review sites and other websites that said it was a “scam”, just like I’m sure you have, and honestly all of those didn’t have the information I was looking for. I don’t like to spend a lot of money online, so I really wanted to make sure this worked before investing in it.

Well, I finally jumped in and bought it to see what it was like myself. I created this blog to show you what this product is about from a person who actually bought it, so you don’t have to go looking through all the “crap” out there to get the information you’re looking for.

Introduction to GreenDIYenergy

Welcome to my GreenDIYenergy review blog! I bought the guide just a few months ago because I had heard so much about it on the internet. I looked at review sites and other sites that claimed it was a “scam”, just like I’m sure you have, and honestly all of those didn’t have the information I was looking for. I don’t spend a lot of money online, so I really wanted to make sure this worked before investing in it.

Well, I finally bit the bullet and purchased it to see what it was like myself. This blog was created to show you what this product is like from a person who actually bought it, so you don’t have to go searching through all the “weeds” out there to get the information you’re looking for.

So What Is GreenDIYenergy?

The best way to explain it: it’s a book that walks you through how to build your own solar panel system from home.

Getting solar panels professionally installed can cost you an arm and a leg, although that depends on how big your house is. The small solar panels that get placed on the roof can actually be built from scratch, which is what this guide shows you exactly how to do.

I didn’t think it was possible at first, especially because I had no idea what the instructions would look like. I didn’t even know if I had all of the right materials and supplies, or if I could get my hands on them if I wanted to.

But I was glad, that this guide broke down everything in an easy to read, step-by-step manual. But not only that, the program gives a ton of tutorial videos that are easy to follow as well, which make building your own solar panels much easier.

What Comes With the GreenDIYEnergy Package?

When you buy GreenDIYenergy, you get the following items:

  • 7 eBooks on various topics of renewable and sustainable energy
  • 2 Instruction Manuals on Building Wind Turbines (this is a bonus that’s included with the package)
  • 6 Tutorial videos (like I mentioned, these are gold! – totaling over 60 minutes)
  • Plus, you get links to 50 Free Online videos about renewable and sustainable energy
  • 2 Instruction Manuals on Building Solar Panels

The price is very good at $49.97 (definitely less than I thought it would be in my opinion. The video tutorials alone are worth more than that, in my opinion). Besides, there’s a 60-Day 100% money back guarantee, and some email and online forum support to go along with it.

If you want to really take chance on this opportunity of this incredible do-it-yourself solar panel system and save an arm and a leg on installation fees (not to mention your reduced energy and heating bills!), then please click on the link below:

Click Here NOW to get your book now >>>

If you’re still wondering like I was “But what about all the other do-it-yourself solar panel systems?”

Well, I was thinking the same thing. In fact, I did a lot of reading on many of the others and asked a lot of questions too. As I mentioned, I don’t like spending a lot of money online, so I did a lot of thorough research before I was ready to take out my wallet.

These other programs, including Earth4Energy, Power4Home and Homemade Energy, Solar Energy Guide (just to name a few), all seemed like good products too, but what really helped me make my decision on this guide was the actual video evidence of the building process by Brian Clark:

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Toyota Unveils Its New Hybrid Yaris Subcompact Model at The Geneva Auto Show

March 7, 2011

Toyota has always been a leader in the hybrid industry. Recently Toyota made hybrid cars a more accessible by showing off the whole new Toyota Yaris subcompact hybrid at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Hybrids right now run upwards of $20,000, and that makes it hard for the average  entry-level fuel conscious people. The subcompact […]

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SMA’s Great Looking Net-Zero Solar Academy in Germany Opens

March 3, 2011

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Floating Solar Panels Project Aquasun in France by Solaris Synergy

March 2, 2011

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Solar Panel Installation Videos I Found Very Useful

February 28, 2011

Sometimes reading a book or an ebook about solar panels can get a little confusing if we’re not the technical kind of person. I myself find it easier to follow instruction on a video than reading when it’s a technical thing. The first time I build my first solar panel it was done using the […]

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Green DIY Energy

February 26, 2011

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