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  • Julzz112 commented on DrewPaulDesigns's instructable TRIPLE YOUR SOLAR ARRAY'S OUTPUT!5 months ago
    TRIPLE YOUR SOLAR ARRAY'S OUTPUT!

    The principal idea is quite interesting and if I had some solar Panels at home, I would Test it. But what you are doing in your Test ist simply wrong and misleading because you are comparing Two completely different Things. Of course the Outputvoltage of your "New" Setup is higher than the Outputvoltage of the flat setup. But thats Not because of higher effiency or whatever But just because you have more cells in serial instead of Two cells in parallel. If you put the six cells also in a flat Position, you will Discover similar data!Another thing is, that the voltage doesn't tell you anything about the output power.Important is the current!Do the Same experiment, 6 cells in serial with flat surface and another 6 cells in Serial with your Foldet Design and connect each a Resist...see more »The principal idea is quite interesting and if I had some solar Panels at home, I would Test it. But what you are doing in your Test ist simply wrong and misleading because you are comparing Two completely different Things. Of course the Outputvoltage of your "New" Setup is higher than the Outputvoltage of the flat setup. But thats Not because of higher effiency or whatever But just because you have more cells in serial instead of Two cells in parallel. If you put the six cells also in a flat Position, you will Discover similar data!Another thing is, that the voltage doesn't tell you anything about the output power.Important is the current!Do the Same experiment, 6 cells in serial with flat surface and another 6 cells in Serial with your Foldet Design and connect each a Resistor (e.g. 10 Ohms, use a high power one!)to plus and minus and then measure voltage and current. The multiplication of both will give you the electrical Power in Watts. THIS can Tell you something about efficiency of your Setup and not the open circuit voltage of different cells. Don't compare apples to bananas! :-)

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