Building solar panels can be done at home with common materials found at most hardware stores and be built inexpensively. But most of your solar panels are prepackaged and made of silicon. Your do-it-yourself solar cells are not as efficient and the prepackaged ones you can still make them at home and this one I am going to teach you is functional and be used as a light detector.
To do this job you will need some materials from your local hardware store:
1. Hot Plate or Small Electric Stove 2. Copper Sheeting 3. Shears = Sheet Metal 4. Micro-ammeter = able to read lower currents than 50 microamperes 5. Clear plastic bottle 6. 2 Alligator clips 7. 2 Tbsp. Salt 8. Water
Step 1 – With your metal shears and copper sheeting cut 2 rectangular pieces about the size of the stove burner.
Step 2 – Because you are using copper you must wash and thoroughly clean your pieces of copper with some sandpaper, making sure there isn't any corrosion on them.
Step 3 – Then you are going to lay one of the copper sheets on top of the burner.
Step 4 – Next you are going to turn on the burner to maximum heat.
Step 5 – You must carefully monitor the copper. As the copper begins to oxidize it will change colors transforming to black in color.
Step 6 – For the next 40 minutes you are going to leave the copper on the burner. You want to have a nicely thick coat of oxidized black material on it.
Step 7 – Once the copper has a thick coat of oxidized black material you want to turn off the heat to the burner so that you allow the copper to cool in the natural air. Wait about another 20 to 30 minutes for cooling time.
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