Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Six

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Six

Posted Monday 01 June 2009 22:50 Page View Counter 29

Soldering Cells After purchasing a flux pen from Maplin, we started the long job of tinning all the cells, front and back and the fitting the tabbing wire between the cells to join 36 together for each solar panel. The photo below shows the rolls...

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Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Five

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Five

Posted Thursday 28 May 2009 12:46 Page View Counter 30

Charging System Upgrades The existing charging system used a single battery and this was connected via the charge converter to the inverter and a 12v relay which switched the mains supply between the solar inverter power and normal mains electricity. The...

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Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Four

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Four

Posted Sunday 24 May 2009 17:41 Page View Counter 30

Using 6mm thick flat aluminum bar, we made four brackets which were attached to the chimneys either side of the house and between these, two lengths of 25mm x 4.2m square aluminum bar were fitted to act as supports for the solar panels. The photo...

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Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Three

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Three

Posted Tuesday 19 May 2009 23:14 Page View Counter 24

Using 35mm square aluminum bar, we machined a slot into the bar and cut it into 30mm wide brackets which where drilled and tapped to take M5 bolts. Four of these brackets will be bolted to the panel base boards and this will allow the easy fitting and...

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Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Two

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Two

Posted Sunday 10 May 2009 18:59 Page View Counter 29

Two coats today of Dulux Trade Weathershield Preservative Basecoat to seal the wood, this needs 48 hours to dry and then the panels will be painted with exterior gloss and the glass ordered. The photo below shows the panels after bring primed...

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Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part One

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part One

Posted Saturday 09 May 2009 22:00 Page View Counter 24

After purchasing further solar cells from the USA via ebay, We are building four new weather proof outdoor solar panels which should supply around 320w which should be enough energy to run the household lighting circuit and all the low power appliances...

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Solar Power Project Part 4 Mains electricity from the sun

Solar Power Project Part 4 Mains electricity from the sun

Posted Friday 12 December 2008 21:58 Page View Counter 36

The solar panel has has a pair of 60 amp wires which run from the apex of the roof to a first floor cupboard where the battery, charge converter / controller, inverter and relay switch box is situated. The picture below shows the large red 60amp wires...

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Solar Power Project Part 3

Solar Power Project Part 3

Posted Saturday 18 October 2008 23:07 Page View Counter 27

After the sealant and paint had dried the mounting brackets were fitted to the back of the panel. The ridge tiles on the roof were then removed and the panel screwed to the main wooden beam across the middle of the roof. The panel initally suffered...

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Solar Power Project Part 2

Solar Power Project Part 2

Posted Monday 13 October 2008 19:38 Page View Counter 29

After waiting a day for the painted baseboard to dry, I fitted the solar cells to the board today and soldered interconnecting wires to join them all together in series. Under artifical light the output from the panels was 13.5 volts and once the silicone...

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Solar Power Project Part 1

Solar Power Project Part 1

Posted Saturday 11 October 2008 20:25 Page View Counter 25

After sourcing 50 solar cells from the USA via ebay, I am building a weather proof outdoor solar panel array which should supply enough energy to run the household lighting circuit. Started work today on building the panel array using 10mm foamx...

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