How to Make Solar Cell in Home. Solar energy is one of the fastest growing alternative energies in the world. Though building an entire solar panel takes a. Chapter 3: Electrochemistry -- Homemade flat panel solar cell homeranking.info scitoys/scitoys/echem/homeranking.info[12/10/ PM]. homeranking.info So to get started, I searched around and found a few videos here and there, and a few articles on how to go about building a solar panel, but it was hard for me.
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I still have cells left; just cant figure out how to connect them together. Reply 3 years ago. And for the critic, yes youre right this is not free electricity as I had to pay for the parts but when I reached the breakeven point the costs are paid back and then the system will give me free energy by harvesting the sun. Bam creator 2 years ago. Faux Stained Glass Mickey Ears.
Collect donut powder. Buy a bag of white powdered donuts. The powder contains a chemical called titanium dioxide TiO 2. Titanium dioxide is a useful material for creating solar cells. Dissolve the sugar. Unfortunately, the titanium dioxide you get from a powdered donut will be not be pure. It will be mixed with sugars and fats.
To remove the sugar, stir the powder into warm water and then pour it through a filter a coffee filter will work fine. The sugar will dissolve in the water and pass right through the filter. The solid left behind is a mixture of titanium dioxide and fats.
Remove the fat. The fats are not water soluble, and so they remain mixed with the titanium dioxide after filtration. Fortunately, it is quite easy to remove them. This will vaporize the fats and leave behind a titanium dioxide powder. Use conductive glass. Most conductive glasses are coated with an indium tin oxide residue.
This allows the surface of the glass to conduct electricity rather than insulate it. You can buy conductive glass online or at a solar supply store. Make a titanium dioxide solution. Add ethanol to your titanium dioxide in a glass beaker and stir.
You should use the most pure ethanol you can find. Two hundred proof lab grade ethanol is best, but vodka or Everclear will work in a pinch. Coat the glass. Put a layer of tape around three sides of the glass. This will help you control the depth of your coating. Use a dropper or pipet to drop a small amount of the titanium dioxide solution onto the surface of the glass.
Use a microscope slide to scrape the the excess liquid off, leaving just a thin coating. Repeat this process ten times. In total, you will use ten drops to form ten layers of titanium dioxide. Cook the solar cell. Put the solar cell into a clear, heatproof beaker or dish. Place the container on a hotplate or place the solar cell directly on the hotplate. Turn the hotplate on and cook the cell for minutes. It will turn brown, and then back to white.
When the cell goes back to its original white color, this means that the organic solvents the ethanol have burned off, and the cell is finished heating. Stain the cells with tea. Teas contain organic compounds known as anthocyanins. These compounds are good at capturing light in the visible spectrum. Brew a cup of herbal tea and submerge the solar cell for a few hours. Darker teas, such as hibiscus, work best.
This will stain the cell and allow anthocyanins to bind to the surface of the cell. The cell is now capable of capturing visible light. Color another piece of conductive glass with graphite. This peice of glass will act as a counter-electrode.
You can use a regular graphite pencil. Just rub the tip of the pencil over the glass until it is fully covered with the graphite residue.
Put a spacer between pieces of glass. You can cut a thin plastic spacer to put between the pieces of glass. The spacer should go on the clean side of the glass opposite the tea or graphite side. Alternatively, you can put tape around the edges on the clean side of the glass to form a spacer. This keeps the glass ever so slightly separated.
Add an electrolyte solution. An iodine solution is an ideal electrolyte. You can get it over the counter at most pharmacies. Mix the solution in a 3: Put one to two drops of the solution between the two pieces of glass. Press the pieces of glass together.
Before the solution has time to evaporate, press the two pieces of glass firmly together. Use alligator clips to hold them in place.
Your cell is now capable of producing electrical currents when exposed to light. In terms of cost per watt, the cheapest known way is to buy a ready made solar cell. The one shown here is interesting, but due to the fact that conductive glass is NOT a cheap product - and it produces according to the photo , a shade under microamps, output is tiny. I do not know the voltage produced - though I would guess between 0. To put that into perspective, if we allow the more generous of the two figures above and then round the power up to microwatts, we would still need 20, panels to produce enough power to drive a 3w LED lamp.
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Not Helpful 1 Helpful 7. Copper sheets are available via traders selling nonferrous metals in any major city. These traders supply metals to metal industries.
For further information, search "nonferrous metals traders" in search engines in your location. Not Helpful 26 Helpful How much voltage will this solar cell create and will it be an AC or DC current? Question 1 year ago on Step 9.
Question 1 year ago. Question 1 year ago on Introduction. Answer 1 year ago. The power is created instantly. Power must be used at the instant it is created. This goes back to the laws of physics, energy cannot be made or destroyed. It can only be changed to a different state. Watts is simply a mathematical equation using volts and current.
Tip 1 year ago on Step 6. Can this be connected to your home or do you have to run items directly off of the battery? If you can connect it, does that require an electrician?
Thanks so much! Seems like Inplix is blocked for malware? How does the price compare building your own to buying remade? Is there a materials list? Reply 1 year ago. I bought excellent handbook from Inplix website. Just google inplix and start your journey to better life. Reply 4 years ago on Introduction. I bought them off of eBay. This was 4 or so years ago, but you should be able to still find them. Just type in Solar Cells in the search field, and you should get quick a few results.
This definitely is going to help me on building one of these solar panels. I am in Canada. Do you remember you paid any import duties on this? By hastyhost Green Tech Town Follow. More by the author: Robert Smith discovered the wonders of online content at an early age. He started out while in middle school using free web services to create an online forum that served as a central location for all his vi Currently I'm a college student studying computer engineering, and this summer while I was on break I decided I wanted to learn more about solar energy and how to build a solar panel from scratch.
My main reason for looking to build it myself was to learn how it all worked, and the next reason was due to the price of a commercially built solar panel. So to get started, I searched around and found a few videos here and there, and a few articles on how to go about building a solar panel, but it was hard for me to find a full free video or article that showed you the full process to making a solar panel from scratch.
I ended up having to watch about 4 different videos, and then having to sign up for a forum to ask other questions I had in order to get a basic idea of how to go about building my own solar panel.
It was basically an adventure for me, and mid-way into the project, I decided that while I'm learning about how to build a solar panel, and putting it together, why not create a free video to help others that want to learn about solar energy and how to build a solar panel.
Of course it takes time to edit the video, and time to create a website, but I see it as a small great way of giving back. So, you'll learn how to build a 63 watt solar system in this instructable with free videos to help you get started.
I know I'm a visual learner, so hopefully most find this very helpful. For the full video series, simple visit my website at: First, I want to make a template for my solar cells. What I used was a spare piece of regular plywood, a piece of regular cardboard the size of a solar cell, some tile spacers, and a staple gun to create my template.
I wanted to use the tile spacers to help keep my solar cells even as seen in Part 1 of the video. Next, while my first coat was drying, I started to work on assembling the solar cells. The best way to learn how to assemble the solar cells would be to simply watch the video. A quick overview of it is, the bottom of the solar cell is the positive side, and the top of solar cell is the negative side.
I wanted to connect the solar cells in series, with a total of 36 solar cells , which will give me 63 watts. I used tabbing wire with a soldering iron to connect the solar cells together. For my panel I had 3 strings of solar cells.