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openedHand 02-10-2012 09:40 AM

home made solar panels
 
Instead of a glass front cover can thin stiff plastic be substituted?

joecaption 02-10-2012 10:09 AM

Lexan can be used but would have to be think enough so it would not sag.
Never use cheap plexaglass, it yellows, is effected by UV and will craze.

Gary in WA 02-10-2012 05:12 PM

http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects.../sunspaces.htm

And, welcome to the forums!

Gary

shanmarsh999 05-03-2012 10:42 AM

Excellent post, I have made all the panels that I use on my boat and a solar water heater. I have also made a water maker that works off of solar, it will produce about 8 to 10 gallons of water a day, just enough to keep the tanks full. I have also made a solar oven and dehydrator for food.

Missouri Bound 05-07-2012 09:20 PM

Twin walled polycarbonate works well, does not yellow and provides an insulation factor. Imagine a piece of corrugated (cardboard) but clear. I've used it for 15+ years and absolutely no yellowing.:yes:

C Alan Co. 05-17-2012 10:44 PM

What does a good piece of twin polycarbonate run in price?

Missouri Bound 05-17-2012 10:53 PM

Obviously it depends on the size. Check with Polytex, they are a greenhouse manufacturer.

garethcooper9 07-20-2012 06:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shanmarsh999 (Post 913507)
Excellent post, I have made all the panels that I use on my boat and a solar water heater. I have also made a water maker that works off of solar, it will produce about 8 to 10 gallons of water a day, just enough to keep the tanks full. I have also made a solar oven and dehydrator for food.

Solar oven. Very interesting. How did you do that?

Dana Lynn 08-14-2012 10:06 PM

ok, Guys,

How well are your solar panels working and how much of a savings have you realized after recovering cost of project?


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