Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Look on DIY Solar Panels

By William Pano

Are you tired of having to pay electricity bills that seem to be getting higher and higher? Don’t you just wish that there would be an alternate energy source that you could tap into to save you a few extra dollars? Well, what do you think about DIY solar panels? Solar energy is a free resource that we could tap into anytime, anywhere providing that there is no thick cloud cover and it isn’t raining. The sun has always been there, and it is a very powerful source of solar energy. All we’ll need would be the proper tools, a little elbow grease and a knack for following instructions, and you would be good to go.

So, prior to putting up DIY solar panels, we first have to understand what solar energy is. Solar energy is the energy coming from the sun, and is harnessed to make solar power which is a renewable source of electricity. This conversion could either be done directly through photovoltiacs or PVs or indirectly through concentrated solar power or CSPs. It is on a sad not that only a miniscule of the solar energy is used today due to the high cost of converting solar energy into electricity.

CSPs make use of lenses and/or mirrors to concentrate a large portion of sunlight into a small area. This is considered indirect conversion because that concentrated light will be converted to heat which will then drive a heat engine, usually a steam turbine. In turn the steam turbine will then produce electricity.

Photovoltiacs or PVs are what we usually use to convert sunlight to electricity through solar cells and solar panels. According to Wikipedia, solar panels are usually made of monocrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride, and copper indium selenide/sulphide,
which makes it costly. But since our electricity supple has been diminishing by the second, and the alarm of global warming, advances have been made i the area of renewable energy sources.

Now, for DIY solar panels. Building a solar panel is not as difficult as one might think, and surprisingly, the tools and materials could be purchased in a local hardware store for somewhere within a $200 range. There also have been research conducted wherein a guide to building DIY solar panels were given to a number of newbies in varying age groups, and they were all able to successfully build their own solar panels. Rather than buying expensive solar energy systems from manufacturers, homeowners could now have an alternate energy source for just $200 upon which the money could easily be recouped with the saving you will get from you electric bills.

Solar energy is a great way to save on electricity bills, and a great way to preserve our planet, and with DIY solar panels, you also get to save on the cost of buying ready-made solar energy systems. This is a great way to go green, for it doesn’t leave any carbon footprints that could be harmful to our environment, and best of all, solar energy is free. The labor you put in making DIY solar panels are surely worth that, right?

About the Author:
William love to read reviews on green energy. While searching the internet he found this amazing site
http://energy-reviews.com, where he reads tons of reviews. He is also interested on DIY solar panels.

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