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Information on solar photovoltaic systems, including practical design.

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{jcomments on}Here are collected notes and ideas on building your own solar photovoltaic (PV) panel. These come from a number of places including attending a course run by Dan Quiggin of Demand Energy Equality, web-searching, discussion with Norman Phipps of Handmade Solar and also running my own DIY PV workshop at Nottingham hackspace.

I feel that the process of making a solar PV panel is very informative and interesting. Making solar PV panels cheaper than those available is quite difficult, due to mass manufacture production methods and the use of cheaper labour. Also encapsulation is a major issue  - without correct encapsulation then there might be issues with moisture and degradation of the surface of the cells.

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A report written for Digital Campus which reviews a number of solar PV lanterns with a view to deployment in Ethiopia. This report was written to look at using solar PV lanterns to recharge smart mobile phones in remote locations.

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