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Tips in Making Home Solar Panels

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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
Solar panels are environmentally responsible and cost-effective addition to any home. Making your very own solar panels is easy and you can make a small device within an hour. Now is the right time to save more on your current bills. Moreover, there is more need to go green to protect nature.
Learning to make home solar panels on your own could cut your electricity bills to half. You could even get the electric company to pay you when you send it back to their electricity grid. When you know how to make solar panels for your home, you can enjoy great savings and a chance to invest in a greener future. Even if manufactured solar panels are terrific because they do all the work for you, paying a premium of over 2000 percent compared to doing it yourself for $200 or even less is a great option.

Solar panels are very effective in powering up devices, which include the fridge, washing machine, electric stove, dryer and other appliances that draw the most power. There are endless benefits to solar panels and you can save hundreds every month and thousands in year’s time. A solar panel will pay for itself within two months than in many years. Materials you need include an electric stove or hotplate, sheet metal shears, one micro-ammeter, tap water, safety goggles, one 2-liter plastic bottle or glass, two to three tbsp. table salt, two alligator clips, electric drill with sand paper and ½ -foot square sheet of copper flashing.

The following are tips in making your own solar panels:

  1. Cut copper flashing in square or rectangle shape in order to fit the burner with the use of metal shears. Make certain to use a thoroughly cleaned copper flashing. Use sandpaper to remove any corrosion sign before proceeding.

  2. Place the copper flashing on the burner and turn the electric burner on. You should ‘cook’ the flashing for thirty minutes or more to create a thick layer of black cupric oxide.

  3. Allow the copper to slowly cool as soon as the layer of cupric oxide has formed. It will begin to flaks off with some force because oxide and copper cool at different rates.

  4. Scrub the completely cooled copper under running water to remove remaining oxide. You should be careful so you will not remove any red cuprous oxide when you heat the flashing.

  5. Cut another piece of copper to the same size, then attach both panels using alligator clips to the inside of the mouth of the plastic bottle or jar with the top cut off. Make certain the panels do not touch and they should bend to match the curves of the jar or bottle.

  6. Connect the alligator clip lead that fastens the copper plate to the positive terminal meter and the negative terminal must be connected to the cuprous oxide plate.

  7. Create a solution of salt and water by dissolving salt in hot tap water. Make ample solution to barely cover the bottom of the hot plates, leaving the clips high and dry.

  8. Place solar panel in the sun to check out the gauge jump that reflects the current that the project has created.

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