Solar Energy / Enie Start Manufacturing Photovoltaic Panels

The National Enterprise of Electronic Industries (ENIE) will, shortly, begin the manufacture of solar panels. This was affirmed by the APS CEO, Djamel Bekkara, who said that the company he manages has invested in this project no less than 2 billion dinars or 200 billion centimes.

ENIE joins other companies, such as Condor, which has started to manufacture these panels for a few years now. All these companies want to place themselves in a field that will undoubtedly consolidate more in the years to come since the authorities have set up several programs for the encouragement of renewable energies.

This new Ernie plant is located on the perimeter of the parent company in Sidi Bel Abbes. It will employ, in its early days, nearly 100 people. Other recruitments will follow, as this unit approaches its cruising speed.

The integration rate will initially be only 10%, as reported by the CEO. The goal is to achieve, and he adds, 100% shortly. Some workers from this new company have completed training in the United States and Japan.

Make A Solar Thermal Panel


Solar energy in France as in many parts of the world has the advantage of being available for free, sustainably and to provide significant power (850 watts per square meter average in our latitudes on a sunny day). The purchase of photovoltaic solar panels is profitable for the individual only in certain specific cases: An isolated dwelling, or if the state aids are indeed valid. Apart from the cost of buying the panel, its poor performance and batteries to store the energy to change every ten years, you should know that making a solar panel requires a lot, a lot of energy, and money!

However, there is another type of solar panel cheaper to buy, and also readily achievable by any handyman if he knows how to handle a hammer, a saw, and possibly a torch (small torch) type “Camping Gas.”

We will be interested in the manufacture of a solar panel of a thermal type intended to heat water or any other liquid. The highest cost in the installation will be that of the hot water tank which will have a coil to communicate the heat produced by the panel to the water of the balloon. In addition, the latter must include an electrical resistance to make up during periods of severe weather, not to mention the expansion tank, but these are the classic elements of a boiler (there is nevertheless a solution to pass expansion tank, and limiting summer overheating and freezing in winter, called “Drain back”). It is this last solution described at the end of the article that I implement, during 2011, in the house.