DIY Solar Projects

How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home

Author: Eric Smith

Publisher: Cool Springs Press

ISBN: 1589236033

Category: House & Home

Page: 160

View: 719


Advances in solar technology have made many DIY-friendly products available to consumers, several of which will be hitting the market for the first time in 2011. These include solar water heaters, solar battery charging stations, solar powered lights, photovoltaic shingles that provide supplementary electricity, solar heat pumps, and solar panel kits that generate primary home electrical service. Among the step-by-step projects is a solar water heating system you can build and install yourself for under $1000; simple thermosyphon solar heat collectors for barns and outbuildings; or "heat grabbers" that you can fabricate for $50 in materials and position below a south-facing window to provide auxiliary winter heat.

DIY Solar Projects - Updated Edition

Small Projects to Whole-home Systems: Tap Into the Sun

Author: Eric Smith,Philip Schmidt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1591866642

Category: House & Home

Page: 192

View: 1213


This new edition of DIY Solar Projects uses step-by-step photos to teach readers how to harness the sun's energy to power solar ovens, air circulators, water heaters, and many more projects

DIY Solar Power

How to Power Everything from the Sun

Author: Micah Toll

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780989906715

Category: Architecture and energy conservation

Page: 135

View: 1786


A detailed how-to guide teaching you everything you need to know in order to plan and create your own solar powered systems.

Passive Solar Energy House Projects

DIY Solar Oven, Solar Water Distillation, Passive Solar Home Design, & No HVAC Air Conditioning Earth Tubes

Author: Sharon Cornet

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781083088796


Page: 636

View: 7710


Literally 4 books in one! This greatly updated second version has four of the original topics greatly expanded with images and information, how-to info, details and Q&A's, and more--over 600 pages! The non-electric solar topics include: 1) how to make a solar oven, 2) how to design a solar water distiller, 3) how to design a passive solar house, and 4) how to make air conditioning earth tubes. These topics are built on each other in concept, going from easier to harder, with the exception of earthtubes, which are supplementary to passive solar house design and involves passive cooling rather than passive heating (the latter of which is done through the design of the house itself). These four subjects are also great for people who live off grid or plan to live where there is sunshine but want to reduce their power bills. There is no reason why utility bills have to be outrageous when the design of your building projects can utilize renewable energy to bring you purified water, hot cooked food, warmth during winter, and a way to keep cool in summer. I have personally built all of these projects and you can too. Everything I can think of is covered here on how to do it.

Solar Power Your Home For Dummies

Author: Rik DeGunther

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470873656

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 408

View: 4973


The bestselling alternative energy reference book in North America—now in an updated edition Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whether you’re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar-powered house from the ground up, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you! This new edition gives you hands-on tips and techniques for making your home more energy-efficient though solar power—and helping the planet at the same time. Plus, you’ll get all the latest information on changes to federal, state, and local regulations, laws, and tax incentives that seek to make solar-power adoption more feasible. Expanded coverage of the technology that underpins full-scale solar-power systems for the home New small- and mid-sized solar products, projects, and applications Rik DeGunther is a design engineer who started his own energy consulting firm Featuring ten of the easiest and cheapest DIY solar projects, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the fun and easy way to meet your energy needs with this clean power source!

DIY Solar Bank Charger Collection

How to Use Solar Power: (Power Generation, Off Grid Power)

Author: Prepper Sam

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781986139717


Page: 52

View: 3627


Getting Your FREE Bonus Download this book, read it to the end and see "BONUS: Your FREE Gift" chapter after the conclusion. DIY Solar Bank Charger Collection: How to Use Solar Power Book 1. DIY Solar Power Bank Charger: Generate Your Own Power With electric bills going through the roof, there are a lot of reasons to seek alternative means of electricity. This book focuses on the most clear cut solution to this age old problem. It's clear cut because its staring us right in the face every time we go outside! Of course, I'm talking about the sun. And this DIY guide allows you to take full advantage of it through the use of a solar power bank charger that can be relied upon for all of your energy needs for a long time to come. Many have already purchased readymade solar bank chargers for exorbitant fees from online distributors, hoping the investment will pay itself back in the long run. But even so, you don't have to fork out your hard-earned money at all, when you can just make it yourself! Outlined in easy to understand methods and strategies this book can show just about any budding DIY solar enthusiast how they can make solar power a reality in their own home. This book highlights all the steps of solar power production, from tackling the very concept of solar power, all the way down to what type of solar cells should be used in a solar panel. The projects that are presented in this guide provide step by step detail, on how to assembly and use a wide variety of solar power bank chargers. Whatever it is that you are looking for, this book has you covered. Follow along with us as we build you a future free of your energy woes! Read further to find out how you can: Harness the power of the sun Make your own Solar Powered Device Use Less Electricity Save Money And More! Book 2. DIY Solar Bank Charger: Build Your Own Mini Power System Welcome to DIY Solar Bank Charger: Build Your Own Mini Power System, a DIY book specifically meant to teach you how a Solar Bank Charger works and how you can build your own. Navigating the information surrounding Solar Power can feel like a foggy mess and one of the many clusters of foggy information out there is on how you actually build the Solar Bank Charger that connects your solar power to your power grid. This book is designed to bring the knowledge of how it works, how you should design yours, and a basic build of how to build one of your own. In the first chapter, we will go over what a Solar Bank Charger is along with a few other details, such as: Why you may or may not want to have a Solar Bank Charger Whether a Solar Bank Charger or a Solar Battery Charger is more appropriate for your situation How having an electrical grid that consumes more receives more benefit by running off a Solar Bank Charger The second and third chapter revolves around electricity and the batteries themselves. Inside of these chapters, you'll learn some basic electrical mathematics and how to connect batteries via serial and/or parallel methodologies. We'll also cover the two primary types of batteries in use by most that set up Solar Power Grids and a little tip on whether resistance is something you need to calculate for. In the final chapter, we'll be building the Solar Bank Charger itself and this includes: A General guide on how Controllers work and how to hook most of them up A construction guide on building your bank and how to store them A few tips and tricks on how to maintain your Solar Bank Charger to make your life easier This book is meant to fully but only cover Solar Bank Chargers, how they work, and how you can build your own.

Solar Rooftop DIY: The Homeowner's Guide to Installing Your Own Photovoltaic Energy System (Countryman Know How)

Author: Mike Sullivan

Publisher: The Countryman Press

ISBN: 1581575335

Category: House & Home

Page: 256

View: 9020


The do-it-yourself guide for converting your home to solar power Solar energy is clean, efficient, sustainable—and expensive. Or is it? Many homeowners simply assume that the cost of solar panels is out of their reach, but in reality, the technology is quickly becoming attainable for the middle class. Rather than leasing panels from one of those home solar startups (and letting them reap the financial benefits), why not join the thousands who are doing it themselves? In Solar Rooftop DIY, sustainable energy expert Mike Sullivan offers five design plans—ranging from a few simple panels to a complex, roof-covering array—for building a rooftop PV energy system for any home. Each plan has clear and detailed step-by-step photographs showing the installation process. Many of them require no additional labor—just a few days' commitment for the average weekend warrior. With energy costs only set to increase in the future, now is the time to make the switch to solar and start selling power back to the grid.

Sun Tracking and Solar Renewable Energy Harvesting

Solar Energy Harvesting, Trough, Pinpointing and Heliostat Solar Collecting Systems

Author: Gerro Prinsloo,Robert Dobson

Publisher: Gerro Prinsloo


Category: Computers

Page: 489

View: 3723


Free to download eBook on Practical Solar Tracking Design, Solar Tracking, Sun Tracking, Sun Tracker, Solar Tracker, Follow Sun, Sun Position calculation (Azimuth, Elevation, Zenith), Sun following, Sunrise, Sunset, Moon-phase, Moonrise, Moonset calculators. In harnessing power from the sun through a solar tracker or solar tracking system, renewable energy system developers require automatic solar tracking software and solar position algorithms. On-axis sun tracking system such as the altitude-azimuth dual axis or multi-axis solar tracker systems use a sun tracking algorithm or ray tracing sensors or software to ensure the sun's passage through the sky is traced with high precision in automated solar tracker applications, right through summer solstice, solar equinox and winter solstice. Eco Friendly and Environmentally Sustainable Micro Combined Solar Heat and Power (m-CHP, m-CCHP, m-CHCP) with Microgrid Storage and Layered Smartgrid Control towards Supplying Off-Grid Rural Villages in developing BRICS countries such as Africa, India, China and Brazil. Off-grid rural villages and isolated islands areas require mCHP and trigeneration solar power plants and associated isolated smart microgrid solutions to serve the community energy needs. This article describes the development progress for such a system, also referred to as solar polygeneration. The system includes a sun tracker mechanism wherin a parabolic dish or lenses are guided by a light sensitive mechanique in a way that the solar receiver is always at right angle to the solar radiation. Solar thermal energy is then either converted into electrical energy through a free piston Stirling, or stored in a thermal storage container. The project includes the thermodynamic modeling of the plant in Matlab Simulink as well as the development of an intelligent control approach that includes smart microgrid distribution and optimization. The book includes aspects in the simulation and optimization of stand-alone hybrid renewable energy systems and co-generation in isolated or islanded microgrids. It focusses on the stepwise development of a hybrid solar driven micro combined cooling heating and power (mCCHP) compact trigeneration polygeneration and thermal energy storage (TES) system with intelligent weather prediction, weak-ahead scheduling (time horizon), and look-ahead dispatch on integrated smart microgrid distribution principles. The solar harvesting and solar thermodynamic system includes an automatic sun tracking platform based on a PLC controlled mechatronic sun tracking system that follows the sun progressing across the sky. An intelligent energy management and adaptive learning control optimization approach is proposed for autonomous off-grid remote power applications, both for thermodynamic optimization and smart micro-grid optimization for distributed energy resources (DER). The correct resolution of this load-following multi objective optimization problem is a complex task because of the high number and multi-dimensional variables, the cross-correlation and interdependency between the energy streams as well as the non-linearity in the performance of some of the system components. Exergy-based control approaches for smartgrid topologies are considered in terms of the intelligence behind the safe and reliable operation of a microgrid in an automated system that can manage energy flow in electrical as well as thermal energy systems. The standalone micro-grid solution would be suitable for a rural village, intelligent building, district energy system, campus power, shopping mall centre, isolated network, eco estate or remote island application setting where self-generation and decentralized energy system concepts play a role. Discrete digital simulation models for the thermodynamic and active demand side management systems with digital smartgrid control unit to optimize the system energy management is currently under development. Parametric simulation models for this trigeneration system (polygeneration, poligeneration, quadgeneration) are developed on the Matlab Simulink and TrnSys platforms. In terms of model predictive coding strategies, the automation controller will perform multi-objective cost optimization for energy management on a microgrid level by managing the generation and storage of electrical, heat and cooling energies in layers. Each layer has its own set of smart microgrid priorities associated with user demand side cycle predictions. Mixed Integer Linear Programming and Neural network algorithms are being modeled to perform Multi Objective Control optimization as potential optimization and adaptive learning techniques.

Urban Homesteading

Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living

Author: Rachel Kaplan,K. Ruby Blume

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 161608054X

Category: Gardening

Page: 292

View: 1317


Teaches self-reliance, sustainability, and green living in urban areas, from growing food with limited space and making solar cookers to raising chickens.

DIY Solar Heater

Build and Use a Solar Air Heater for Less Than You Think: (Energy Independence, Lower Bills & Off Grid Living)

Author: Michael Smart

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781541109841


Page: 24

View: 7033


Getting Your FREE Bonus Download this book, read it to the end and see "BONUS: Your FREE Gift" chapter after the conclusion. DIY Solar Heater Build and Use a Solar Air Heater for Less than You Think If you are in need of a new way to maintain heat this winter, you shouldn't look any further than solar power heating. In order to avoid an electric or gas bill that goes through the roof, a solar power heater could end up saving you a lot of money. Utilizing the power of the sun to heat your home is one of the best things that you could ever do. This book teaches you like never before how you can free yourself from those overbearing utility companies and be completely independent from the grid. Learn like never before how you can find an alternative means of heating, and how you can build your own DIY solar panel. This book takes you from the ground level, explaining every detail of how you can employ solar power to heat your home. Along with conveying a basic understanding of the mechanics behind solar heating, this book also provides the details for several specific solar heating projects, giving you step by step instructions how to create them. These projects include window box heaters, portable solar air heaters, and even a solar water heater. This is a no nonsense guide that gets right down to the nuts and bolts of solar power heating! Buy this book to find out more! Learn how to: Create an alternate source of energy Heat your home more efficiently Survive the cold winter Be free from your utilities And much more! Download your E book "DIY Solar Heater: Build and Use a Solar Air Heater for Less than You Think" by scrolling up and clicking "Buy Now with 1-Click" button!