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neslaf 12-04-2006 04:41 PM

solar cell
i am trying to find information on creating my own efficient solar cell; i have made ones with copper, silicon and Plexiglas but am wondering if there is a more efficient way that i can still do it myself. i am wanting to power a small cabin but eventually i want to do my whole home. thank you and any information would be appreciated

mdshunk 12-04-2006 07:28 PM

Best of luck to you. I have installed complete solar votaic systems, but the panels were manufactured by BP. Not really that expensive... about $10 a watt.

neslaf 12-10-2006 09:34 PM

will i be able to run my shop tools off of solar power, will there be enough amps produced or will i be throwing breakers all of the time. also can i get 220 out of a solar system.

mdshunk 12-10-2006 10:51 PM

yes, maybe, maybe, yes

It depends on how you design your system. Obviously, you can't power your shop tools from a solar cell that's on a solar calculator. You can power your shop tools with a solar farm, such as are operated by BP, but that would be overkill. It is all is the design and how much money you want to spend.

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