Understanding Solar Power: Resources for Making an Informed Purchasing Decision


I have been the “go to” guy for decades on end for all things technological. Nerd, you got it. Steve can fix anything, so let us call him in.

My ‘phone hacking’ friends and I have been devising novel methods of circumventing security measures and “stealing” information “out of the air” since far before the era of the Internet as we know it today.

Radio and television transmissions, as well as other items of a similar sort that I will not go into here, fall into this category.

However, the Power of the Sun was by far the most interesting and thought-provoking entity I encountered.

My whole focus throughout my time at university was on finding new ways to capture this calm monster’s graceful rays, and this preoccupation persisted throughout my time there.

Back in the day, when solar cells came in “packs,” they were enormous and cumbersome, and they only generated a small fraction of the electricity that modern panels can.

Furthermore, the purchase and shipping costs for the cute little creatures were excessive. When the system is paid off, at least my grandchildren will be able to enjoy the benefits.

I am astounded at the number of home and business solar power installations in today’s technologically advanced globe. It is fantastic that solar panels, which convert sunlight into usable energy, have become affordable enough for nearly all homeowners.
These days, houses, cabins, and RVs that have everything they need are the norm, rather than the exception. It is like a dream come true…

Unfortunately, the practise of selling solar panels has not kept pace with the rapid development of solar technology. Solar power systems, like any other product, can be easily misrepresented by well-funded marketing campaigns that constantly bombard us.

Over 70% of the recommended equipment for the home in question was either too small to handle the household electrical and heating load or so incredibly large that half of the family basement was sacrificed to use as storage for the batteries and controllers, a finding I reached after viewing and examining countless Solar Energy Systems.

Building a garage or a separate apartment for Grandma are two examples of necessary house additions that should be planned for now. In any case, make sure you do your homework and have a reliable expert help you choose a system.

Here we get down to the nub of the Solar issue… Moreover, it is not as hard as you may imagine. What I have learned after a lot of study and practise is as follows. And now it is your turn (and I hope you enjoy it)

You should give primary attention to… When did you last see the sun???

Living in a tree house, behind a waterfall, in a rock shelter, a cave, etc., is pretty much the same thing.

In order to convert the sun’s energy into usable forms like electricity or heat, your solar panels need to be able to “see” the sun. The optimal angle at which solar panels receive sunlight is approximately 45 degrees.

Systems that use solar energy to heat water have solar thermal collectors and some sort of heat transfer fluid to get the heat from the collector to where it is needed. The solar hot water system could include electric pumping and a storage tank or reservoir to keep the heated water at a constant temperature.

In some configurations, the entire Solar Array of Panels can be rotated to face the sun at the optimal angle for maximum energy production.

In other cases, such a rotating system is unnecessary because, depending on your location, there is still sufficient daylight hours in which to charge batteries.

Solar power has been the subject of countless books and articles, so I will not bore you with any more of my thoughts on the topic.

But now we have reached the point when I will outline the fundamental components of a solar energy system and a solar heating system.

Additional units, tools, and measuring equipment can be added to the basics listed here to make the system more effective.

Electricity Produced by the Sun:

The First: 1) Solar Power Devices
Two) Powerful batteries capable of holding all that energy.
Thirdly, a battery charger/controller.
The fourth component is a voltage inverter, which converts DC power from the batteries to AC current.

Energy from the Sun for Home Heating:

1) Solar Water Heaters
2) A fluid for transferring heat to its destination.
Water Pump, for Moving Water Around.
4) A water or metal tank used to hold heated water.

Those are the very minimums; as I indicated, there is a LOT more gear that can be acquired to make your system more effective.



2022-10-15 09:45:00