Solar power system basics

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Solar power systems are actually very simple, and it only consists of 4 components. Learn to build your own, and less your power bills. Full guide - http://red-dot-geek.com/diy-hack/solar-power-basics/

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Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the

Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What

mankind must know is that human beings cannot

live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live

without humans.

- Evo Morales


HELLO!

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I am Vincent Lepark

I love to give back to mother

Earth by sharing knowledge of

green technology.

You can find me at

@vincelepark


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1.

WHY SOLAR?


WHY ADOPT SOLAR ENERGY?

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» Clean power, does not produce carbon dioxide.

» Does not speed up global warming.

» Free power, as long as there is sun.

» Can potentially lower or even eliminate your power bills.


SOLAR IS NOT THAT BAD

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» Solar will work as long as there is direct sunlight.

» Solar does work even on cloudy days.

» Very reliable technology – sent into space.

» Will last for 30-50 years.

» Efficiency is improving with better technology.

» Cost is getting cheaper due to mass adoption and mass

production.


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2.

SYSTEM OVERVIEW


ONLY 4 MAIN PARTS

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» Solar panel generates

electricity.

» Battery to store the power.

» Charge controller to

prevent battery overcharge.

» Inverter to convert into AC

power. I.E. Provide a “wall

plug”.


SOLAR PANEL TECHNOLOGY

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MONOCRYSTALLINE

Oldest and most

expensive. But also one

of the most efficient.

POLYCRYSTALLINE

Slightly newer technology.

The common Joe today.

Not as efficient, but

generally slightly cheaper.

AMORPHOUS

Youngest technology.

Basically a thin sheet that

is very flexible. Not

efficient though.


BATTERY TECHNOLOGY

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SEAL LEAD ACID

The old reliable. Probably

bullet prove.

LITHIUM

Newer technology. Holds

more power, but explodes

when punctured.


CHARGE CONTROLLER TECHNOLOGY

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PULSE WIDTH

MODULATOR (PWM)

Cheap and simple. Not

meant for heavy-duty.

MAXIMUM POWER

POINT TRACKING

(MPPT)

Industrial grade. Tracks

and optimizes charging.


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3.

BUILDING YOUR SYSTEM


CONSIDERATIONS

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» How much power do you need? How much budget?

» Size of your solar panels array.

» Enough batteries should hold your power produced.

» Enough power to drive your appliances.

» Future proofing – a better charge controller and inverter so

you don’t waste money changing it.


THE BUILD

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» Need to connect at least 3 things to the

charge controller.

» Connect battery to charge controller first.

» Join the solar panel next.

» Lastly, tap that power to run your

devices.


THANK YOU!

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Want more?

You can find the complete

guide at – http://red-dotgeek.com/solar-power-basics/


CREDITS

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Special thanks to all the people who made and released these

awesome resources for free:

» Presentation template by SlidesCarnival

» Photographs by Unsplash

» Diverse device hand photos by Facebook Design Resources

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