DIY Solar-Powered PC: Solar Components

Photo Essay: Constructing The Solar Panel Framework

The motherboard and components from Part II, the Solar-Powered PC, which runs entirely from solar power.

Solar cells on the roof of our Munich test labs

Construction of our solar arrays for outdoor use

Our solar panels deliver 130 Watts of power.

Specifications tag from our solar panel.

Measuring the lumber for the solar panel frame.


Tools and lumber for the solar panel framework

Using one trimmed piece to measure a second keeps lengths consistent.

Cutting a framing lathe

Short and long pieces, side-by-side.

Frame stock ready for assembly in background, assembled panel in foreground.
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