So every year I say I'm going to start building a solar generator (by *start* I mean go basic, upgrade parts as needed). This year I gotta go for it.
I have some questions that seem basic but I can never find conclusive answers online. I'm not drawing a lot of power -- I have a BMorg-endorsed photography project that requires a ton of fancy-pants batteries for lights, laptops, and cameras (said project is at http://kck.st/pHqkfA
-- shameless plug... say hi if you see me). Checked out AEZ's website (as I do every year when I get this itch lol) and I'm all set for "how to build it" so now it's more like... Suggestions on brands / types of gear that work best on the playa?
Biggest question is, what type of panel? I'm most intrigued with those foldable panels from a storage-when-not-in-use point of view. They open up from something laptop-sized to something that could cover half of my car roof (which is where I plan on mounting it). Most use Amorphous thin film cells, which I've read are way less efficient -- but much more efficient in hot weather and when covered in dust than other types. The other option seems to be mono crystalline panels which seem to be more efficient but efficiency drops in hot weather.
Can anyone point me in the right direction? Or is it just sorta trial and error... get something and see how it works? I guess I want to know if anyone wants to steer me away from thin film... Danke!