How You Connect the Components of a Domestic Solar Power System
There are various pieces of equipment needed but the main components of a Homemade Solar Power System are listed with a brief explanation of what they are for.
Homemade Solar Requirements
This converts the sun’s rays into DC electric current, which is stored in the batteries. You can build one yourself or buy one direct. They can also be connected together to form a larger more powerful system called an array.
Battery Charge controller
This regulates the amount of current that goes to the batteries so they get a consistent supply of current and that the batteries are not overcharged and thus damaged.
Batteries – Deep Cycle Storage Batteries
These are the types of batteries that are in Fork Lift trucks and other electric vehicles. They are heavy duty and much more robust than normal car batteries. You may be able to get second hand or reconditioned ones. You can also recondition old batteries that can be picked up for free.
This converts the DC electric current to AC for the domestic supply. An inverter is a piece of kit that converts DC to AC. They are standard pieces of kit that come in all shapes and sizes in addition, is readily available.
Detailed Instructions and Plans
You will need a guide with good instructions to show how to obtain the parts needed, building and installing all the components of a home solar power system.
You will need wiring instructions and plans to connect your supply to the home wiring system.
Connecting your system to your existing electrical panel, this should be done by a qualified electrician.
It is possible to generate your own electricity and power a percentage of your home at the beginning. When you are satisfied all is running smoothly and you feel more confident you can add more solar panels to completely power your home. It would also be advisable to get back up systems such as wind power or geothermal systems in case of a long period of dull days.
Getting on the Grid
Even better, you may have so much spare capacity you can sell your electricity back to your power company. This is known as being on the grid. The electric company will work out how much electricity they have provided to you, how much you have provided to them and work out the difference. They may end up paying you for your electricity. Many people have already done this. This would effectively be an additional income.
Being off the Grid
In remote areas where there is no utility company your solar power system will be a standalone system, known as off grid.
A Homemade Solar Power setup can save you money and even earn you money if you are on the grid. If you get several types of energy inputting energy into the power grid it could be an extra income, and no more energy bills.
To find out more on how to build a Homemade Solar Power System then go to the Earth4Energy main site for a short video presentation which explains in plain English how it all works
The Stirling Solar Power Plant
Most people have never heard of a Stirling Engine. Strange sometimes how the best ideas seem to be the least well known.
The Stirling Engine was originally invented by Robert Stirling in 1816 as a rival to the steam engine but has had only limited use since then.
How a Solar Stirling System Works
The principle involves alternatively heating and cooling a gas in a turbine. High temperatures are needed to get the best efficiency.
This engine requires a temperature differential to convert to mechanical work, this can then be used to generate electric current. A heat source is therefore needed. The suns rays focused on the engine will do well. The higher the temperature the better, this provides a wider temperature differential.The Stirling engine is highly efficient and quiet compared to steam engines.
It is possible to generate up to 12 times the power of normal solar panels for the same surface area. Traditional panels have a large surface area. A parabolic reflector dish focuses the suns rays on the stirling engine which creates the high temperatures needed for efficiency.
You can Build one Yourself
A Stirling solar power system is cheap to build, is low maintenance, eco-friendly and works well in all weather conditions. It is quick and easy to build compared to conventional solar panel. No special tools are needed and you don’t need to spend a fortune getting one built.
Ideally what you will need are a good set of instructions and full technical support.
Several units can be connected together to provide lots more power, and provide more than enough for your complete energy requirements.
You can get connected to the grid and eventually become completely independent from the power companies. Get a check from your power company and not a bill.
Off Grid Living – Generate Your Own Electric Power
In this modern world where so much operates on electricity there has occurred a shortage of energy sources, resulting in a greater consumption of fossil fuels and non renewable energy.
There is an ever increasing demand for energy and we constantly hear daily warnings about the environment. There are enough signals to tell us that it is long overdue to do something.
How about generating your own electricity from natural sources and not using energy from power companies.
This is often known as living off the grid. View a short video on creating your own solar power.
Take a Closer Look at the Advantages of Getting off the Grid
Be independent of the big power companies and the utility grids.
Do you really want to depend on public utilities all the time? Living off the grid enables you to be independent and rely on your own energy supplies and not the ones supplied by power companies.
Being without hot water or heating is not funny when you have to wait for somebody else to fix power lines. It is not pleasant to sit indoors with no lights in winter.
Will the grid always be there? If a natural or man made natural disaster destroys the electricity supplies there may be no grid power for weeks or even months.
Save Money on Energy
what a great feeling when you do not have to pay for the power you use. You can enjoy using as much power as you want without worrying about the electricity meter. You can make use of the abundant power available from nature to light up your home, power all your gadgets and cook your food. Solar and wind power solutions could well be the answers to your power problems.
What a great feeling when those electricity bills stop coming in your letterbox. Home generated power systems can give you a return on investment very shortly, therefore making the energy to your home eventually free of any regular costs.
Helping the environment and the Planet
Make the future of your future generations secure by giving them a greener, healthier world. Making way for a healthier environment Cut down on the usage of non renewable sources of energy.
Is it really possible to Get off the Grid?
Maybe you have been thinking that is not very realistic to live off the grid. If you take a good look at many of the alternative power solutions and you may be surprised to learn that they are cost effective but when you get yourself organised and make the effort you may find that it was not as difficult as you thought it would be.
Take a look at some of the benefits:
- Save money, no more utility bills. The utility company may even pay you for your power
- Help the environment and future generations. Get closer to nature
- Be energy independent. Rely on yourself and not on a power company
- An interesting pastime – away from the television
It is entirely possible to generate most of your electricity requirements, and possible for you to generate so much that you can give some back to your electric company. The power companies could end up paying you for the electricity that you generate.