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Thread: Restoring a shattered solar panel

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    Default Restoring a shattered solar panel

    So recently I was given 8 shattered solar panels. They were given to me because they are completely shattered, they have no frames, and each one is rolled up.

    Seeing how I currently only have one, small 5 watt panel, I need to see if I can restore one. So I unrolled each panel and tested them with a multimeter. The winner was a panel that put out 36 volts and 0.65 amps. It's physical dimensions are 2' x 5'.

    Yesterday using 3m super 88 spray adhesive the panel was attached to some plywood. On monday, I am supposed to be receiving some stuff in the mail to reseal the panel. So on Tuesday I should have new power measurements as to how this went. I'll also be taking pictures of it all to show just how bad the panel is.
    Prepare for the worst, hope for the best

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    Keep in mind that if you're not getting output, with a little deconstruction and probing with the multimeter you can probably rebuild several good panels out of the 8 shattered ones.

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