How are solar cells manufactured, I know that crystalline silicon is needed ?

Solar cells are the basic units to build a solar panel. How are solar cells manufactured ? Can it be made at home or is it too complicated a process or not cost effective to manufacture in small quantities ?

alessiof768 years ago
An alternative might beDye-sensitized solar cell http://www.solideas.com/solrcell/english.html
kelseymh8 years ago
Kiteman pointed you to a non-silicon (and not powerful) home photovoltaic project.

If you want to know more about photovoltaic cell manufacture, you should look on Wikipedia. Beside the writeup there, they have plenty of references to other documentaiton.

Learning to use the right tools for the job (Google, Wikipedia) is part of being a do-it-yourselfer.
Kiteman8 years ago
The silicon variety are too expensive to make at home, but you could try this recent project as an interesting project.