Install Your Own Solar Panels

Designing and Installing a Photovoltaic System to Power Your Home

Author: Joseph Burdick,Philip Schmidt

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1612128254

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 200

View: 3256

Labor and related costs account for more than half of the price of the average home solar installation. But homeowners can save thousands of dollars with this user-friendly manual, which follows the same process professional contractors use. Through detailed directions and step-by-step photos, veteran solar installer Joseph Burdick and seasoned builder Philip Schmidt teach you how to determine the size, placement, and type of installation you’ll need. This comprehensive DIY guide covers everything from assembling rooftop racking or building a ground-mount structure to setting up the electrical connections and making a battery bank for off-grid systems.
Posted in Technology & Engineering

DIY Solar Power

How to Power Everything from the Sun

Author: Micah Toll

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780989906715

Category:

Page: 135

View: 1802

Are you a hands on person? Do you prefer making things yourself? Are you ready to power everything - from your devices to your home - with solar energy? If so, then this book is for you! We'll cover everything you need to know about solar power. From understanding all of the components that go into solar powered projects to choosing the right solar panels and even building your own solar panels, this book teaches you everything you need to know about custom solar powered systems and creations. Learn about topics from small scale solar powered projects like portable phone chargers all the way up to large off-grid and grid-tied home solar power systems, and even mobile solar power for RVs and other vehicles and boats.
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Solar Power for Your Home

Author: David Findley

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071667857

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 208

View: 3009

Easy, inexpensive, do-it-yourself solar energy projects Featuring step-by-step instructions and useful photos and illustrations, this hands-on guide is filled with solar energy solutions you can put to use right away. Solar Power for Your Home shows you how to set up a variety of simple, money-saving solar projects quickly and easily, such as a solar water heater, a solar pool pump, solar lighting, a solar oven--and even a solar-powered lawn mower! Learn all about the different types of solar technologies, including passive solar and photovoltaic, and determine which best suits your projects. You'll get details on assessing current energy use in your home, estimating the costs of solar installations, and calculating your overall savings. Reduce your carbon footprint--and your energy costs--with help from this practical resource. Solar Power for Your Home covers: History, benefits, and potential detriments of solar energy Fundamentals of solar technologies--passive solar, photovoltaic, concentrating solar energy, and more Evaluating home electricity consumption Creating a personal energy plan How and when to contract your solar project Emerging technologies--thin film, nano, and hybrid solar and solar storage Funding options including rebates, incentives, and grants Standards, conversions, and helpful resources
Posted in Technology & Engineering

Solar Electricity Handbook

A Simple, Practical Guide to Solar Energy - Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems

Author: Michael Boxwell

Publisher: Greenstream Publishing

ISBN: 1907670009

Category: Photovoltaic power systems

Page: 154

View: 1808

Posted in Photovoltaic power systems

DIY Solar Projects

How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home

Author: Eric Smith

Publisher: Creative Publishing International

ISBN: 1610601939

Category: House & Home

Page: 160

View: 1294

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.
Posted in House & Home

Solar Power Your Home For Dummies

Author: Rik DeGunther

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118051874

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 384

View: 5360

Posted in Technology & Engineering

The Physics of Solar Cells

Author: Jenny Nelson

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company

ISBN: 1848168233

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 3943

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the physics of the photovoltaic cell. It is suitable for undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers new to the field. It covers: basic physics of semiconductors in photovoltaic devices; physical models of solar cell operation; characteristics and design of common types of solar cell; and approaches to increasing solar cell efficiency. The text explains the terms and concepts of solar cell device physics and shows the reader how to formulate and solve relevant physical problems. Exercises and worked solutions are included.
Posted in Science

Solar Electricity Handbook

A Simple, Practical Guide to Using Electric Solar Panels and Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar PV Systems

Author: Michael Boxwell

Publisher: Greenstream Publishing

ISBN: 1907215018

Category: Electric automobiles

Page: 144

View: 1511

The Solar Electricity Handbook is a simple, practical guide to using electric solar panels and designing and installing photovoltaic solar PV systems. The book includes numerous examples and is written for anyone interested in finding out more about solar electricity or planning their own solar photovoltaic installation. Readers also gain access to a web site with a comprehensive set of solar calculators and online tools to make solar design as straightforward as possible.
Posted in Electric automobiles

Taming the Sun

Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet

Author: Varun Sivaram

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262345617

Category: Political Science

Page: 392

View: 5900

Solar energy, once a niche application for a limited market, has become the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth. What's more, its potential is nearly limitless -- every hour the sun beams down more energy than the world uses in a year. But in Taming the Sun, energy expert Varun Sivaram warns that the world is not yet equipped to harness erratic sunshine to meet most of its energy needs. And if solar's current surge peters out, prospects for replacing fossil fuels and averting catastrophic climate change will dim. Innovation can brighten those prospects, Sivaram explains, drawing on firsthand experience and original research spanning science, business, and government. Financial innovation is already enticing deep-pocketed investors to fund solar projects around the world, from the sunniest deserts to the poorest villages. Technological innovation could replace today's solar panels with coatings as cheap as paint and employ artificial photosynthesis to store intermittent sunshine as convenient fuels. And systemic innovation could add flexibility to the world's power grids and other energy systems so they can dependably channel the sun's unreliable energy. Unleashing all this innovation will require visionary public policy: funding researchers developing next-generation solar technologies, refashioning energy systems and economic markets, and putting together a diverse clean energy portfolio. Although solar can't power the planet by itself, it can be the centerpiece of a global clean energy revolution. A Council on Foreign Relations Book
Posted in Political Science

How Do Solar Panels Work?

Author: Richard Hantula

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438128088

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 33

View: 393

Explains the science behind solar panels that will be an important part of our energy future.
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction

Power from the Sun

A Practical Guide to Solar ElectricityÐRevised 2nd Edition

Author: Dan Chiras

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550926241

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

View: 5566

Written for the layman, Power from the Sun is the fully revised and updated guide for individuals and businesses interested in generating their own solar electricity. Practical and accessible, it provides a basic understanding of electricity, wiring, and solar energy, and guides the reader through site assessment and determining the type of system needed, providing a solid understanding of grid-tied
Posted in Technology & Engineering

Do-It-Yourself Solar and Wind Energy System

DIY Off-Grid and On-Grid Solar Panel and Wind Turbine System

Author: Eric Layton

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781508454311

Category: House & Home

Page: 76

View: 471

"Eric Layton, a well-known solar expert, wrote this guide for readers that are trying to build their own solar or wind system. Using pictures, this do-it-yourself solar and wind system was built with a battery back-up system. His new book is a comprehensive guide on the design, thought process, equipment, and technique on designing this DIY system. Using photographs taken throughout the building process, he covers why he chose certain components in addition to any issues building and installing. This book was written to help fellow solar and wind enthusiasts, as well as inspire those who would like to build their own do it yourself system." -- back cover.
Posted in House & Home

DIY Solar Projects - Updated Edition

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

Author: Eric Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1591866642

Category: House & Home

Page: 192

View: 9933

Learn how to make your own solar-powered appliances and additions to your home with 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 - And more! 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.
Posted in House & Home

How to Build Your Solar Generator

Author: Bill Brown

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781515344568

Category:

Page: 26

View: 2596

This booklet is the result of 28 requests from people wanting to construct their own solar generator. It is a "how to" manual that will assist those who might be technically challenged to successfully put together a system that they can maintain and repair because they understand how it works and where the maintenance points are.
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Do it Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power

Author: Michel Daniek

Publisher: Permanent Publications

ISBN: 9781856230391

Category: Building-integrated photovoltaic systems

Page: 122

View: 3159

Posted in Building-integrated photovoltaic systems

The Electric State

Author: Simon Stålenhag

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501181432

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

View: 972

A teen girl and her robot embark on a cross-country mission in this illustrated science fiction story, perfect for fans of Ready Player One and Black Mirror. In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her small yellow toy robot travel west through a strange American landscape where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside, along with the discarded trash of a high-tech consumerist society addicted to a virtual-reality system. As they approach the edge of the continent, the world outside the car window seems to unravel at an ever faster pace, as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.
Posted in Fiction

Solar Energy Perspectives

Author: Cédric Philibert,Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Publisher: OECD

ISBN: N.A

Category: Solar energy

Page: 228

View: 5890

In 90 minutes, enough sunlight strikes the earth to provide the entire planet's energy needs for one year. While solar energy is abundant, it represents a tiny fraction of the world's current energy mix. But this is changing rapidly and is being driven by global action to improve energy access and supply security, and to mitigate climate change. Around the world, countries and companies are investing in solar generation capacity on an unprecedented scale, and, as a consequence, costs continue to fall and technologies improve. This publication gives an authoritative view of these technologies and market trends, in both advanced and developing economies, while providing examples of the best and most advanced practices. It also provides a unique guide for policy makers, industry representatives and concerned stakeholders on how best to use, combine and successfully promote the major categories of solar energy: solar heating and cooling, photovoltaic and solar thermal electricity, as well as solar fuels. Finally, in analysing the likely evolution of electricity and energy-consuming sectors - buildings, industry and transport - it explores the leading role solar energy could play in the long-term future of our energy system.
Posted in Solar energy