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

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 ?

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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.

The silicon variety are too expensive to make at home, but you could try this recent project as an interesting project.