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 takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you!This friendly, hands-on guide is packed with tips for making your home more energy-efficient though solar power—and helping the planet at the same time. You’ll see how to survey your home to determine your current household energy efficiency and use, and evaluate where solar power would best benefit you. You’ll also calculate what the return on your investment will be before you make any decisions. Once you’ve decided on a project, you’ll see whether it’s best to hire a contractor or do it yourself. We leave no stone unturned—you’ll also discover how to:
Featuring ten of the easiest and cheapest do-it-yourself solar projects, Solar Power For Dummies is the fun and easy way to meet your energy needs with this clean power source!
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Springer Cham Heidelberg New York Dordrecht London, 2014. XV, 181 p. 155 illus. 95 illus. in color. - ISBN 978-3-319-07529-7, ISBN 978-3-319-07530-3 (eBook).
Provides a highly-accessible guide to modern, low-cost, solar electric power, with a systems and applications perspective on solar photovoltaics
Addresses three key areas for typical criticism of solar energy: cost, availability, and solar in the evening
Discusses solar cells, modules and systems, including newest, 40% efficient solar cells
Includes coverage of infrared photovoltaic cells for combined heat and power with natural gas systems, operating at night and in cold climates
This book describes recent breakthroughs that promise major cost reductions in solar energy production in a clear and highly accessible manner. The author addresses the three key areas that have commonly resulted in criticism of solar energy in the past: cost, availability, and variability. Coverage includes cutting-edge information on recently developed 40% efficient solar cells, which can produce double the power of currently available commercial cells. The discussion also highlights the potentially transformative emergence of opportunities for integration of solar energy storage and natural gas combined heat and power systems. Solar energy production in the evening hours is also given fresh consideration via the convergence of low cost access to space and the growing number of large terrestrial solar electric power fields around the world.
Dr. Fraas has been active in the development of Solar Cells and Solar Electric Power Systems for space and terrestrial applications since 1975. His research team at Boeing demonstrated the first GaAs/GaSb tandem concentrator solar cell in 1989 with a world record energy conversion efficiency of 35%, garnering awards from Boeing and NASA. He has over 30 years of experience at Hughes Research Labs, Chevron Research Co, and the Boeing High Technology Center working with advanced semiconductor devices. In a pioneering paper, he proposed the InGaP/GaInAs/Ge triple junction solar cell predicting a cell terrestrial conversion efficiency of 40% at 300 suns concentration. Having become today’s predominant cell for space satellites, that cell is now entering high volume production for terrestrial Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) systems. Since joining JX Crystals, Dr. Fraas has pioneered the development of various thermophotovoltaic (TPV) systems based on the new GaSb infrared sensitive PV cell. Dr. Fraas holds degrees from Caltech (B.Sc. Physics), Harvard (M. A. Applied Physics), and USC (Ph.D. EE).
Content Level » Professional/practitioner
Keywords » Low cost solar electric power - Renewable solar energy - Single Crystal Semiconductors - Solar Cell Efficiencies - Terrestrial Solar Electric Power from Space -ThermoPhotoVoltaic (TPV) Furnace-Generator
Related subjects » Circuits & Systems - Renewable and Green Energy - Systems, Storage and Harvesting
How to harness the power of the sun - Use the suns radiant solar energy to heat your dome
Another solar collector is rock. I've noticed rocks inside my dome get hot on sunny days. If they are dark colored they will get even hotter. This method of passive solar collection is a valid option to water containers. One way to do this is to make a cage of fence material to stack your rocks in, located in a position to receive maximum sunlight. A fan on the rocks will circulate the heat given off at night.
Rigid foam insulation inserted into the north triangular faces of the dome will help retain heat during winter. The silver lined type will reflect light back into the dome. Press to fit panels are easily installed and removed. For cutting them out, try making a triangle template with large cardbourd or plastic film, and marking the outline on the foam board.
I have a ceiling fan to circulate air and blow warm air down as the dome height is about 10 feet. The fan is attached on a pentagon shaped piece of 1/2" plywood, that is screwed onto the five top struts of the dome. For greatest floor area and least height, the Garden Dome 3 is best.
Winter observations from my own Garden Dome 2 that I use as a workable demonstration dome.Inside the dome there's no wind, circulation must be created when the windows are closed. I use the ceiling fan and an excersize bike that has a fan incorporated. I have only ornamental plants of many types, but the carbon dioxide I put out is important to them. It can be very windy outside but calm inside the dome. There's no wind chill factor. If it is 30 and windy outside and snow on the ground, it's 50 inside the dome on a cloudy morning and that's without using the small electric heater. I'm not using the foam insulation, only super poly and my dome is 98% sealed from outside air flow. We had a "mild" winter.
1. Where your dome floor will be dig down about 2 feet. Here you will insulate from the ground up. Put in hard foam board insulation right on the dirt.
2. Tubes below your dome floor will bring the heat collected in the soil into the dome with a circulation fan. Array these tubes strategically spaced on top of the foam insulation. Connected pvc tubes will work well and support the weight of the dirt on them. A blower will circulate the warm air from the conducting tubes into the dome. Your insulated dirt floor makes an excellent solar collector. And you can still grow plants right in the soil without interference. Plants will do well with a warmer ground temperature. Your growing medium/soil can be replaced conveniently as necessary.
Below your dome frame base perimeter, a cinderblock retainer wall can be placed in the ground when you are excavating for placement of the foam insulation and tubes. This will also allow you to insulate the below ground block wall with foam board insulation.
3. Fill the hole back up with the excavated soil. This is your solar collector so you might plan on where no shadows are likely to be.
Some more ideas about using your Garden Dome for growing
Research in Environmental Architecture (good article on solar greenhouse by architect Raold Gunderson)
Solar Power Generation is a concise, up-to-date, and readable guide providing an introduction to the leading renewable power generation technology. It includes detailed descriptions of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal generation systems, and demystifies the relevant solar energy technology functions in practice while also exploring economic and environmental risk factors. Engineers, managers, policymakers, and those involved in planning and delivering energy resources will find this reference a valuable guide to help establish a reliable power supply to address social and economic objectives.
Power generation planners, electrical engineers, students and lecturers of Electrical Engineering and Energy, researchers, academics and the technical community involved in the development and implementation of power generation technologies, and power related engineering disciplines.Paul Breeze
Paul Breeze is a journalist and freelance Science and Technology writer and consultant in the UK who has specialized in power generation technology for the past 30 years. In addition to writing Power Generation Technologies, Second Edition, he has contributed to journals and newspapers such as The Financial Times and The Economist and has written a range of technical management reports covering all aspects of power generation, transmission, and distribution.
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Freelance science and technology writer/consultant, UKRecent Publication
A wide variety of detail regarding genuine and proprietary research from distinguished authors is presented, ranging from new means of evaluation of the local solar irradiance to the manufacturing technology of photovoltaic cells. Also included is the topic of biotechnology based on solar energy and electricity generation onboard space vehicles in an optimised manner with possible transfer to the Earth. The graphical material supports the presentation, transforming the reading into a pleasant and instructive labor for any interested specialist or student.
Which form of energy is free during the day, produces no dangerous waste products and will be available for the next 4 billion years? Solar power, of course.
Here are just some of the things you can do with it, with a bit of simple technologyCooking
Get a metal box and put some mirrors and a pot inside. Hey presto, you’ve got an oven! The mirrors focus the sunlight onto the pot to cook the food. The temperature can go to at least 200ºC. Somebody first invented a solar oven in Europe a few centuries ago. They are very useful these days in places where there is lots of sunlight, like Africa. The alternative is to cut down more and more trees to make fires.Heating water
This is the most common use of solar energy at the moment. It works like this. A system of tubes heats up in contact with sunlight. The tubes go into a tank with water in it. A few hours sunshine will give most houses enough hot water for a whole day. Swimming pools can be heated this way, too.Lighting
Many shops now sell small lights which collect the sun’s energy during the day using a small solar panel. At night they can illuminate your garden. The lights on a mobile phone work on a similar principle. Recently, a university student used this idea in a common women’s accessory- she invented the solar-powered handbag. When you open it, a light comes on. Now it is much easier to look for your door key when you get home at night.Operating small devices
If you put a small photovoltaic cell on top of a parking meter, an emergency telephone or a calculator, there is no need to be near an electricity supply. Photovoltaic cells are also used to operate satellites in space. There is a problem- they are expensive because they are made from silicon.Keeping things cool
Solar-powered refrigerators are now available on the market. They are useful in places where there is no conventional electricity supply. In the mountains of Kashmir, the survivors of a recent earthquake got safe supplies of blood, vaccines and other drugs because of these refrigerators.Driving
Every two years, teams of car designers try to cross Australia. They drive from north to south, coast to coast, in the best time possible and they can only use the sun to power their vehicles. The winners usually do the 3,000 km in under a week, going at about 100km/h. Major multinational companies, including car makers, sponsor the event. They are hoping a solar car will become a reality one day. Then nobody needs to be dependent on oil.Recharging your batteries
If you’ve got a laptop computer, a mobile phone or a portable music player and you can’t find an electric socket, don’t worry. There are now solar panels that fold up and go in a small bag so that you can carry them around with you. They only weigh 250 grams.Making buildings self-sufficient
Large solar panels are becoming common on the sides or tops of buildings to provide electricity for the people working inside. In Britain, there’s an office block in Manchester which is covered in them. In Greece, twenty per cent of houses have them.Providing electricity to the masses
In the middle of Australia they have nearly finished the construction of a huge chimney. It will make enormous amounts of electricity. It’s called a solar tower, it’s about 1,000m tall, and it works by sucking hot air upwards. The air has enough force to drive 32 large turbines. This will create power for about 200,000 homes.Building your house the right way round
The easiest way of using the sun’s energy is to make your house face south. Then you make sure that the rooms on that side are the ones where you spend the most time, like the kitchen or living room. It also helps to put lots of windows on this side of the building. In the winter they will catch the maximum amount of sunlight.
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Published on June 27th, 2015 | by Zachary ShahanSolar Power Pros And Cons: Is Solar Power Worth It?
Solar power is growing like warts on a troll these days. If it were a disease, we’d have a full-blown epidemic. From $0-down leases to $0-down solar loans. there are easy ways to go solar these days. Even your grandmother can do it. But what are the actual pros and cons of solar power these days? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Is solar power worth it?
The simple answer is that it depends on many unique details regarding your home or business, your electricity usage, your utility’s and state’s programs and policies, and the solar resources available to you. Without the benefit of having that info for each of you, though, it may still be useful for me to run down the various generic advantages and disadvantages of solar power. so that’s what I’ll do here. Trying to be as comprehensive as possible, below are just about all of the solar power pros and cons I can think of.Solar Power Pros
$ savings. As I said above, whether or not solar power will save you money, and how much it will save you, depends on a lot of factors specific to your situation. That said, if you have an unshaded roof that can host solar panels, there’s a high likelihood that solar power will save you tens of thousands of dollars over their lifetime .
Some might not care whether an investment saves them tens of thousands of dollars over two or three decades, but may care more about how fast the investment offers a return, what the ROI is. In many places, solar offers a very attractive ROI. but perhaps more importantly, you can often go solar through a lease, power purchase agreement, or loan these days, meaning that you can be saving money from the first month, but simply not saving as much over the long run. So, whether you are looking to maximize your return or simply start saving as soon as possible, solar power very likely offers exactly what you want.
On a broader, society level, solar power is a commonsense financial decision these days. The public health. climate. and environmental savings from using solar instead of fossil fuels are huge. and even if you didn’t include those, solar is now cheaper than fossil fuels in a number of places anyway.
If you just care about money, or assume that this is the ultimate bottom line, then this solar power pro should have you sold already, so you can stop reading now. 😀
Protects our climate, air, and water. In the end, it really doesn’t matter how much money you have if you don’t have a livable climate, clean air, or clean water. And the scientific consensus is very clear by now: we need to cut carbon emissions drastically in order to protect our climate and this society. and solar power is a key way to do so. Similarly, solar power and wind power offer the most logical and cost-effective ways to cut pollution from electricity generation and also preserve our limited freshwater resources .
Boosts grid security. Again, on a broader level, a solar power pro is that it improves grid security. Whether through a terrorist attack or extreme weather, if a large power plant or a couple are knocked out in a grid without much distributed generation or energy storage, the whole grid can be compromised and have a blackout. The more distributed, small-scale solar power is on the grid, the more balance and resiliency the grid has.
Provides energy reliability. Similarly but also a bit different, solar offers energy reliability. We know the sun will rise tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, etc. Nothing compares to solar when talking about energy potential. In the chart below, note that the renewable energy circles are representing annual energy potential, while the fossil fuel and nuclear energy circles are representing total known reserves.
Provides energy independence. Relying on other countries or regions for your energy resources comes with risk, and also sometimes absurd cost. One big solar power pro is that solar resources are local. Once you have the solar panels, you don’t have to worry about much for decades. This energy independence is a big pro that it seems “conservatives” especially should get behind, but really, it’s something we should all value a great deal — on the societal and the personal level.
Solar = jobs. If solar and coal were absolutely equal on costs (all externalities included), solar would still be a better economic choice for society. Why? With coal (or natural gas or nuclear), much of the cost comes from the fuel, with the financial boon of selling that fuel largely going to the heads of large corporations. With solar, much more of the cost comes from the labor (used to produce the panels and install them), so more of the money spent on solar goes to a broad network of middle-class workers. By just about all standards, this results in a healthier economy and society.
Putting it in other words, $1,000 invested in solar power results in twice as many jobs as $1,000 invested in coal power, and nearly 3 times more jobs as $1,000 invested in natural gas. If you want jobs in your society, you should support solar power (and wind power, biomass, energy efficiency, mass transit, and bicycling).
Solar Power Cons
On to solar power cons…. Actually, it’s really hard to think of legitimate solar power cons. Though, there might be a few.
One is that wind power is often a cheaper option for electricity generation than solar power, so rather than blindly supporting or installing solar power over wind power, one should examine both options. Of course, no grid should rely 100% on one energy source, and wind and solar are actually very complementary. So, more than competing, solar and wind are most logically partners that should jointly be used to move into a clean energy future.
Another potential solar power con is that the sun doesn’t shine 24/7. If it did, yeah, we could just rely on solar power for all of our electricity needs in many places. Since it doesn’t, again, we need a mix of clean energy solutions, and even energy storage to a small extent. But limited solar resources don’t mean solar isn’t the best option for many people, businesses, organizations, and governments. And, remember, solar energy resources dwarf all other energy resources on the planet.
The biggest challenge with the timing of solar energy potential is that a lot of electricity is needed (or wanted) in the evening and early night, when solar resources dwindle away. This makes the importance of a mixed energy pie that much more important.About the Author
Zachary Shahan is the director of CleanTechnica. the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave. a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love. EV Obsession. and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.Related Posts
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On “Con” side you can’t ignore the issue of recycling/disposal of photoelectric panels and backup batteries, and the sustainability of battery maunfacture. Assuming that these technologies continue exponential growth, this will be a very big problem.
Concentrated solar is more viable with regard to sustainability, but not so readily distributed.Connect!
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