Guide to DIY Solar Panels

All things that function need energy to operate. Machinery, cars, and home devices require energy. Without question, the energy has to originate from a place. Fuel, gas and oil are some of the places where energy can be harnessed from. Unfortunately, these sources of energy will end. However we can still get our resources from other ways. One of the many methods is to convert the energy from the sun to usable energy. Sunlight can be found everywhere and is endless, that is why sunlight is an excellent natural resource. If you have been considering switching to solar energy to supply all or part of your electricity consumption, the following information about DIY solar panels will be very useful to you.

The Groundwork of a Solar Panel

Solar panels are basically made up of many photovoltaic cells. The cells comprise of 2 silicon wafers which are approximately 1mm in thickness. One wafer contains positive charges while the other contains negative charges. As sunlight touches the solar panel, activity from electrons will be drawn by the wafers and transferred to a junction box at the back of the panel. From here, usable electricity will then emerge. A tough layer of glass about 3mm in thickness is laid over the wafer cells. This protects the silicon wafers from damage. The back and frame of the solar panel is usually made of aluminum.

DIY solar panels can benefit you in several ways:

– Uses solar energy from the sun which is inexhaustible.
– No waste products are released.
– They are very durable as there are no moving parts.
– They become cheaper as countries are now more environmentally aware.
– They have very low maintenance.
– Initiates a self awareness about the energy you consume.
– They increase the value of your property.
 
Constructing a DIY Solar Panel

After acquiring the appropriate DIY solar panel kits, you may continue to set it up. Be careful that you do not set up your panel where shade may form during the day or the panel will not be able to generate electricity. Adjust the degree your panel is facing to absorb the most sunlight, usually 45 degrees is acceptable. Generally, panels should be facing south if you live in the Northern Hemisphere and north if you live in the Southern Hemisphere.

DIY Solar Panel Maintenance

There is really not much maintenance to do as there are no moving parts. A casual wiping or cleaning can aid in the elimination of particles or filth from the panel. This way, the DIY solar panel will be able to yield more electricity competently. Additionally make a visual check of the frames and wires for signs of wear and tear.

Posted under Build Your Own Solar Panels

This post was written by TKB-Editor on September 6, 2014

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