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How to Make Your Own Solar Panels

As the cost of professional fees is quickly rising nowadays, people are becoming more reliant on their own skills and effort in building things. There are now a lot of DIY or do it yourself solar panel kits available at your local hardware store or on the internet. You can order and have the materials delivered right to your doorstep in just a few days. You can even finish the entire project in just a matter of hours. Here are some things to learn first.

Seeking Resources

You need to look for the right resources first. You can actually build your own solar cell panel for only $100 or less by finding the best and most affordable sources. You can start looking for green companies. These companies offer some of the best prices and high quality materials to encourage people to choose environmentally friendly options in acquiring energy. You can also look for private sellers and online companies on the internet. Make sure you read the company background and objectives so that you can fully understand the processes and types.

The prices of resources will differ, depending on your setup, the materials you want and the brand. You should get to know your source more. Determine the method of payment, the method of shipment and when you expect the goods to arrive. Usually, it should take no more than 7 to 10 days for your stocks to arrive. Other states may only expect 3 days to get their package.

Starting Out

First, cut a couple of rectangular copper sheets. Each should be about the size of a stove burner. Wash a piece of the copper throughout, then use the sandpaper to take off any presence of corrosion. Lay the copper sheet on the burner. Turn the burner on to maximum heat. Watch the copper very well. You will observe that the colors change as the copper starts to oxidize, and gently transform to black. Let the copper stay on the burner for about 40 minutes or up to the time that a thick coat of oxidized black material turns up.

Turn the heat off on the burner, then let the copper cool in the air. This process should take only around 20 to 30 minutes. Slowly scrub the copper using your hands under running water to eliminate majority of the easily removed parts of the oxidized coating. Do not attempt to take off all the coating or scrub vigorously. The objective is to remove the regions that can easily be taken off. Do not damage the copper that stays below the oxidized layer. This is needed to build the solar panel.

More Steps

Cut the top part of the plastic bottle off, forming a makeshift bucket. Take the second copper piece, then bend it to fit the bottle shape. Slide the second copper piece into place along the inner side of the bottle. Do the same with the heated piece of copper. The two pieces should not touch each other. Link an alligator-clip lead to every copper.

Connect the lead from the second copper piece to the positive terminal of the micro-ammeter. Stir salt until fully dissolved using hot water. Pour the salt water into the bottle. Check the micro-ammeter. This will be your battery. Position the apparatus under the sun and see how the charge rises as the solar cell panel changes the energy of the sun into electricity.