Homemade Solar Cells   


Click Here - Going Green Value PackHomemade solar cells are made with either copper or silicone. Both have to be heated then cooled this process is to create electrons that help to convert light into electricity. Several solar cells are connected together to form one solar panel. Solar cells are the collectors of light from the sun. The light energy is then converted into electricity.  


Technology has improved the performance of solar cells which, compared to older forms of cells prevents less loss of energy. You may want to purchase the cells from solar outlets or from damaged solar panels. If you choose to use old panels each individual cell has to be tested and then these optimal cells are connected with aluminium conductors. Once you have completed this task you can then encase the lot to form a solar panel.  


When all your panels have been constructed, you will need an inverter & battery bank. 


Be aware that in Australia you will need an electrician to install the inverter. Your inverter must be certified and approved before you can go on the grid. 


Once you have completed these steps you will then have a practical Solar powered system in place. 


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Most DIY handymen use copper. The copper is heated to form a black coating of Oxide, which after it has cooled can be removed by light scouring and rinsed in water. This removes the black oxide and then once cooled is ready to be adapted.  


You’ll never have to worry about lack of power should a natural disaster happens or have to rely on the diesel generator. Living in a remote area has never been easier. 


Building your own solar energy system is not as difficult as you might think. It does mean investing your time diligently. If you don’t approach this task with the right preparation it can delay the over all project and cause frustration.  


The benefit of creating your own power system is the knowledge that if a solar cell became dysfunctional you know how to make and install a new one.  


Some maintenance to consider: 

·         Cleaning solar panels regularly between seasons is recommended. More so if there are trees close to the home and the ongoing collection of dust. There are panel designs that can reduce the collection of debris.  

·         Check Panels for cracks (remote areas are subject to Ging attacks) these can be prevented by purchasing or making wire frames to sit over the panels. The wire repels the flying rock.  

·         Check  wiring & connections regularly 

·         Check Battery system as often as you would your vehicle. 


Here are a few reasons why people install self-made solar power systems: 

  • Low cost. Materials are easy to source & make 
  • Clean and noise-free. Solar cells do not produce any hazardous emission, so it’s safe to install them near your home or on the roof of your home. 
  • Independent. With solar panels you become dependant on sun instead of the electricity company and what we have a lot here in Australia is the sunshine. 


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