Getting condensation under the glass (with the cells) can be a big problem with homemade panels.Has anyone here tried or considerd build your own solar panels? I'm just now looking into it and would like to know all the in's & out's up's down's and if it is just feasible.
I looked at some of the DIY sites on building my own panels but in consideration of rounding up everything needed, getting a hold of tempered glass of the proper size, time spent on getting the cells bonded with the glass, soldiering the cell wires and getting them mounted in frames it just isn't worth the time and effort considering all the other projects I have going on. On top of this the panels I got have warranties.Getting condensation under the glass (with the cells) can be a big problem with homemade panels.
Well... Parts are pretty cheap as well. I say go for it, just for fun.oh well would have been an interesting and educational project.
Yeah I still like the idea, I think I will try it for a small project, the bigger pannels with some more checking I can get 250W panels under two hundred bucks, where do you get the glazeing for your panels anyway, I see solar panel glass isn't just regular temperd glass.Well... Parts are pretty cheap as well. I say go for it, just for fun.
I still built some some small ones for "here and there"...
The lights in the outhouse are solar powered. (Small 12V, 4Ah SLA battery with a ~3 watt panel) because it is so far away. My mailbox "art/sculpture" is illuminated at night with an early solar power project. Another project powers the gate opener.
I haven't really looked into the type of glass used other than to read the info on panels I had been checking on and they state that the glass that is used is "low iron". Glass for solar panels is the direct opposite of window and door glass which are called "low E" type glass, this type of glass greatly reduces the amount of ultra-violet rays passing through them whereas the solar glass allows as much solar energy as possible to pass through.Yeah I still like the idea, I think I will try it for a small project, the bigger pannels with some more checking I can get 250W panels under two hundred bucks, where do you get the glazeing for your panels anyway, I see solar panel glass isn't just regular temperd glass.
Just the new "energy efficient" glass.Glass for solar panels is the direct opposite of window and door glass which are called "low E" type glass, this type of glass greatly reduces the amount....
Wallrat, you need to get in front of your solar, not behind it. I run a 2kv solar array along with a 600 watt wind turbine for four battery banks. One of my battery banks has pulse/desulfurization chargers connected to it that goes to the other battery banks to maintain a float charge. You can make use of blocking diodes to divide up the power going to your battery banks.Here's my take on solar: I used to have an RV, my mobile homestead. I had six of the 65 watt panels, a top-of-the-line regulator, and three of the 8D batteries (the big big ones). The total cost was about $3500 for it all. I ran an inverter for my desktop computer, the fridge, and lights. It provided about 70-75% of my energy needs in Summer, and about 50-60% in Winter. So, I still had to have a generator. That means another few hundred dollars for the gen-set. While the solar is perfectly silent, and starts paying for itsself on day one, I don't think it's worth it. Spend $1000 on a Honda 2000i which is portable, will provide 100% of your needs, last 20 years, provide 12v DC and is super quiet, and you'll still have $2500 to buy gas for it. Obviously the 200i won't run a home, but you get the idea. Watt for watt, a generator is far superior.
Solar has a nice 'green' feel to it, but is not efficient enough unless you have a huge number of panels, and lots of storgage. It would be easy to spend 10-15k on doing a home, only to not have all your energy needs met. I see no satisfaction in that.
I'm not trying to piss off the solar fans, I've used it for years, and found it lacking. You might have better luck. People need to be presented both sides of the argument.
3 - 100 watts Just Solar panels running 12vdc lighting and a water pump.Anyone running solar panels?
If so please tell us what brand, how much, where you bought them from and how much energy they produce.
My apologies. I just noticed this reply, BlueZ.Maybe someone like Recon marine or ILFE could write a comprehensive article on Solar for preppers.. from different types Solar generators (with links to competitive vendors, pics etc) to bigger systems