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

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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.
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DIY Solar Projects - Updated Edition

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

Author: Eric Smith,Philip Schmidt

Publisher: Cool Springs Press

ISBN: 0760350906

Category: House & Home

Page: 192

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Learn how to make your own solar-powered appliances and additions to your home with the step-by-step instructions you'll find in this updated edition of DIY Solar Projects! Put the sun to work in your home with the new, expanded edition of the popular 2011 title DIY Solar Projects. Like the original, this edition offers small-scale, achievable solar projects that homeowners can build and install themselves. From cooking in solar ovens, to mounting solar panels on your roof, this book teaches how to take advantage of solar energy. It's all possible with relatively small investments and minimal DIY building experience. You'll learn how to make: Tool trailer with available AC-power (directly from the sun) Solar systems for marine crafts Solar-powered security light Solar water heater Solar hot-air collector window mount Solar lumber kiln Solar battery charging station With clear instructions, tips, and step-by-step color photos for each project, this book takes the intimidation out of DIY solar builds. For those with more ambitious solar power plans, this updated edition contains information on outfitting your home with solar electricity collection systems and integrating them into your primary power supply system. Excitement about home solar energy is exploding, and DIY Solar Projects: Updated Edition sheds light on how you can get involved immediately. This book also offers an extensive resource guide with links to tax-reducing, subsidy, and support programs on both a national and state-by-state level. With high energy costs and an environment that demands cleaner fuel sources, now is the time to introduce new, cost-saving solar projects into your home.
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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

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

Category:

Page: 636

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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.
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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

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 489

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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.
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Solar Power Your Home For Dummies

Author: Rik DeGunther

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470873656

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 408

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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!
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Careers in Renewable Energy, updated 2nd edition

Your World, Your Future

Author: Gregory McNamee

Publisher: PixyJack Press

ISBN: 1936555522

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

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Numerous job opportunities can be found in the fast-growing field of renewable energy. Grab this handy book and discover how clean energy can be a part of your future, whether you are new to the workforce or retooling your career. Career Sectors include: Solar & Wind Energy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Bioenergy, Green Building & Energy Management, Hydrogen Energy & Fuel Cells, Green Transportation, and Energy Education & Economics. Job Areas include: Technical / Engineering, Project Management / Consulting, Research & Development, Sales & Marketing, and the Trades. Helpful resources include: Training & Workshops, Universities & Trade Schools, Professional Associations / Technical Societies, Reference Web Sites, and Government Energy Programs.
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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

Category:

Page: 24

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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!
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