With the state of the global economy, more and more people are turning to solar energy. Some people may be thinking that the cost of installing solar panels will be too high, but the expense will be quickly offset by savings made on the electricity bill. There is good news about building solar panels. This article has some of the most important aspects that you will need to know about building your own solar panels.
A major worry for many households is the cost of the solar panels which can and probably has dissuaded many from making the switch. All you need is some basic tools, an imagination, and the internet to create your own less expensive version of solar panels to achieve the same effect. The simplest design for a solar panel is using a wood container, which means that you will need some simple woodworking tools like a saw, a drill and a screwdriver, which you probably already own. You will also need some silicone caulk and wood glue to put the container together and attach the solar cells. You need to be able to hook up your solar panel, once it is finished, to a 12 V battery to store the energy. Sealed lead acid batteries seem to be the most popular type because they are inexpensive, safe and robust. In fact, with a little research you can find these batteries very cheaply or even for free. This electricity needs to be converted, so you will need to have a power inverter to convert the energy to be used around your house. There are two types of power inverters available, namely true sine wave and modified sine wave. More than likely, you will want to use your appliances at home which requires purchasing a true sine wave inverter to convert electricity. Of course, these models are more expensive than their modified counterparts, are well worth the cost.
It's not hard to build solar panels yourself, as you could get all the materials you need at local stores or online. When building solar panels, you have to start with solar cells that are powerful enough for your needs. If you want to get the maximum amount of solar power, then, you need the best possible solar cells.
On average, 80 solar cells will produce about 100 watts of electricity. Based on how much energy you need, you can use this figure to estimate how many solar panels to build and how large they'll have to be. Do it yourself skills are necessary as with any project but overall this is a simple task to tackle for many of us. This is a task that only requires patience, materials and perseverance to succeed in making your own solar panel to save energy.