Is the process of making solar panels difficult?
Most technological advances require time to build, develop, perfect, and master. Photovoltaic cells are no different and the process of developing more efficient mechanisms of production and researching better ways to make the solar panels will probably never cease.
It is only within the more recent decades that we have been able to utilize semiconductors in a more efficient and affordable manner and depending on the type of material that is being used, the level of difficulty in processing will vary.
The most common and widely used material in solar panels is silicon. The process of making solar panels usually involves slicing crystalline silicon into tiny disks. After they are sliced, they are carefully polished and treated in order to repair any damages from the slicing process.
Once repairs have been made by polishing, each disk is covered by metal conductors as well as certain materials in order to change the electrical charge of the solar cells.
If you’ve ever looked at an array of solar panels you’ll notice that the solar panels are typically created in a flat and thin matrix. While facing the south, this is the best setup to absorb sunlight and convert solar energy into electricity.
The other component that is placed on the solar panels is a thin layer of glass. This glass functions as a protective mechanism for the solar panels.
After binding of the glass is complete, a substrate is attached to the solar panels using thermal conductive cement. This prevents the solar panels from overheating.
Just like how we enjoy getting tans, but want to avoid getting burned – the idea is the same. A beautiful tan will turn us into a roast pig if we don’t protect ourselves from damage.
I don’t mind eating roast pig, but becoming one? No, thanks!
Ever wonder why solar panels are elevated? This is another protective measure against overheating. The goal is always to provide for maximum energy absorption without overheating.
This is simply the basics of how solar panels are made. More or less is involved depending on the specific materials used and the individual companies’ method of production.
If you happen to be a visual learner, like myself, you may find the following video useful:
Making solar panels isn’t a simple feat. It requires careful analysis and specifications along with detailed manufacturing and processing.
Every step must be done perfectly. From slicing crystalline silicon, to polishing and repairing, to spreading conductive material, and applying glass – everything must be precise and placed appropriately.
Should you attempt to make your own solar panels?
Indeed, some people have certainly attempted to make their own solar panels out of curiosity or a desire to create something of value for themselves. Regardless of the reason, while experimenting is fun, it’s probably better to have knowledgeable people with expertise in the field do the job for you.
Believe me, having a handy man as a partner is amazing, but I’d rather keep him with his arms and legs intact rather than fall off a roof. What do you think?