Harnessing the power of the sun has come a long way since 1839, when French physicist Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect that creates electricity from photons in sunlight. Becquerel put silver chloride in an acidic solution, connected it to platinum electrodes, and when the chemical concoction was exposed to light it generated current and voltage.
Nearly 175 years later inexpensive solar panels to charge a cell phone or GPS can be found in any sporting goods store across the land—and they don’t require a chemistry set. But there’s no better way to understand how a photovoltaic system works than by building one yourself.
Costs of solar have decreased dramatically over the years, making it a more affordable and on track to be a better option than conventional fuel sources. These decreased costs lead to increased demand, and with that demand will come jobs and economic growth.
The entirety of the world’s energy needs could be met with solar panels covering just 25,000 square miles. That is with current technology and efficiencies of today’s solar panels. With the industry advancing at an astounding rate, this number could be drastically reduced over the next ten years.
That’s what prompted Lofty Energy to create the 30 Watt Solar Panel Kit. The idea for Lofty Energy was to make a solar panel kit superior to anything on the market and to make it more affordable, so anyone could do it. Others on the market do not have weather proof components, rendering the panel you make a novelty, unable to go outside in all weather conditions. They are more expensive, making it a little harder to try your hand at building a solar panel.
This is not another solar panel toy, this is a bigger kit means more power. It includes all the parts you need to build a 30 watt solar panel except silicone caulk and Plexiglas. You will need some basic tools to include: a soldering iron, multimeter or voltmeter, a drill with a 1/4 inch drill bit, a Phillips screwdriver, and a pair of scissors. This kit is for those wanting more of the sun’s energy for their DIY solar panel.
Learn more about the Lofty Energy Panel Kit here.
American Frontiersman 2015, #191
by Real World Survivor Editor / May 7, 2015