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Re: Homemade solar panels/wind turbines

Postby techman » Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:36 am

I have written a book on how to make your own solar panels for about a dollar per watt. Retail solar panels go for anything between a dollar to $10 per watt. But the shipping will get you even if you find cheaper panels.

The huge thing about making your own solar panels is your skill level and patience. It takes patience to make your own solar panels. And time. But they work. If done right, they can last you many years.

Wind turbines are coming down in price now. You can get them on ebay for about a dollar per watt now.

I have also written articles on how to convert a common table fan or box fan into a wind turbine to produce power. Again, it depends on your skill level. You have to do a bit of machining on the fan armature to get the magnets to fit nicely.

A treadmill motor is the perfect wind turbine generator. Put blades on it, seal it from the weather, put it up and produce power. You can get them for free all over the place.
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Re: Homemade solar panels/wind turbines

Postby jefftsocal » Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:30 pm

If this post actuly makes it I'm supprised. I don't know how to coment or reply. I've tried a lot of times. My name is jeff. I have the same solar charge controler. TS 60 and have no problems. The forklift batt cells are 2.1v ish. each x 6 cells equels 12.6v on a good day. I think if the forklift batt. Had been built with a 7th cell you would get a solid 14.7v. which is exactly what my batts absorb at and float at 13.2ish And rest at 13.1v in the morning. I hope this helps. I've wanted to tell you this for a long time. Jeff t.
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Re: Homemade solar panels/wind turbines

Postby techman » Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:54 pm

Interesting. Thanks for the info. I am starting to wonder of the battery is just going to sit at a lower voltage. It works anyway.
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