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Making Your Own Solar Cells from Powdered Donuts?

Making Your Own Solar Cells from Powdered Donuts?

Make a photovoltaic solar cell using common household items… and donuts!

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This Open Source DIY Solar Generator Unfolds Like a Flower

This Open Source DIY Solar Generator Unfolds Like a Flower

The SunZilla 3.0 is a modular, open-source solar panel that green, quiet, and perfect for outdoor events.

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When the Family Car Is a Solar Powered Boat

When the Family Car Is a Solar Powered Boat

What do you do if you live off the coast of Panama and you need to get the family around? If you’re Jaimie Mantzel, you build yourself a solar powered boat… or three. Mantzel had previously built a 16′ catamaran sailboat with a plywood and fiberglass hull, which he later converted to a solar powered […]

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Maximize Your Solar Charging With a DIY Arduino Controller

Maximize Your Solar Charging With a DIY Arduino Controller

Here’s how to build a buck converter using an Arduino Nano (as well as another 28 listed components) to supply the maximum power that you can to your PV cell. This is known as maximum power point tracking, abbreviated MPPT. Photovoltaic (PV) cells produce different amounts of current and voltage depending on light and temperature conditions. […]

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Mobile Solar Power Plant

Mobile Solar Power Plant

Doomsday preppers, hoarders, take note… Electrical power can go down at any time due to natural disasters, overwhelmed power stations and, of course, various apocalypses. Still, in those times, some of the more thrifty individuals turn to gas powered generators to keep their frozen burritos cool and their favorite shows playing on TV. However, those […]

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See the Sun Through Different Wavelengths of Light

See the Sun Through Different Wavelengths of Light

“This video of the sun based on data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, shows the wide range of wavelengths — invisible to the naked eye — that the telescope can view.”

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