How to use solar panel to generate electricity?
Hi, I want to generate electricity using solar panel at home and I want to follow a simple tutorial.
Could you recommend me a good tutorial?
- 8 years agoFavorite Answer
Photovoltaics are best known as a method for generating electric power by using solar cells to convert energy from the sun into a flow of electrons. The photovoltaic effect refers to photons of light exciting electrons into a higher state of energy, allowing them to act as charge carriers for an electric current. The term photovoltaic denotes the unbiased operating mode of a photodiode in which current through the device is entirely due to the transduced light energy. Virtually all photovoltaic devices are some type of photodiode.
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- Anonymous8 years ago
If you have read the HSW article entitled How Solar Yard Lights Work, then you can get a feeling for how much power a solar cell can produce. The solar panel shown in that article contains 4 cells, and each of them can produce 0.45 volts and 100 milliamps, or 45 milliwatts. Each cell measures 2 inches by 0.5 inches. In other words, with these solar cells you can generate 45 milliwatts in one square inch (6.45 square cm). For the sake of discussion, let's assume that a panel can generate 70 milliwatts per square inch.
- roderick_youngLv 78 years ago
You can look at http://www.instructables.com/solar for a look at what other people did.
Two other notes -
1) You will generally not be able to save money with homemade panels, so be sure you're only doing it for fun, and
2) Never pay anyone for instructions. The information is out there free. Every site I've seen selling information has been a marginal scam, making unrealistic claims.