i was wonderinf if anyone can help me figure out how much power (watts) can a 0.05m x 1.5m solar cell provide?
You need to get the manufacturer's data. There are different types of solar cell used in solar panels. You could make measurements of voltage and current in bright sunshine but you need to have a suitable load to ensure that the solar panel is working at its most efficient voltage. And it is much easier to figure that out when you have the manufacturer's data ...R
The figure usually specified for the available insolation at ground level with the sun directly overhead (full sun) is 1000W/m^2. Therefore the available insolation at the panel would be approximately 0.05*1.5*1000 = 75W. Unless you are prepared to spend lots of money, the conversion efficiency of the cells will probably be on the order of 10% which means that, at best, you'll maybe get 7.5W in full sun from the 0.05m X 1.5m panel. Then there's the question of how the panel will be oriented - fixed and laid flat; fixed at some angle towards the sun; tracking the sun (one axis or two?) - which affects the amount of insolation actually intercepted and thereby reduces the true output further. Even if you get the full 7.5W from it, that's not going to power many appliances!Pete
ohh i see. there are a lot of variables that must be taken into consideration!! what i have noticed is that you did not mention how the type of the solar cell affects its performance. is this intentional or you simply forgot?
you did not mention how the type of the solar cell affects its performance
what are some P.V solar cells manufacturing companies that i can check out ?