Solar Electricity Handbook 2013: A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy - Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems

Solar Electricity Handbook 2013: A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy - Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems

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By (author) Michael Boxwell, Edited by Sheila Glasbey

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  • Publisher: Greenstream Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 232mm x 14mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 26 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Coventry
  • ISBN 10: 1907670289
  • ISBN 13: 9781907670282
  • Edition: 7
  • Edition statement: 7
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 57,612

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The 2013 edition of the Solar Electricity Handbook is a practical and straightforward guide to using photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity. It is the seventh edition of the book, which has been updated yearly since 2009. Assuming no previous knowledge of solar panels, the book explains how solar panels work, how they can be used and explains the steps you need to take to successfully design and install a solar electric system from scratch using photovoltaic solar panels. Accompanying this book is a solar resource website containing lots of useful information, lists of suppliers and on-line solar energy calculators that will simplify the cost analysis and design processes. Why buy the Solar Electricity Handbook? The Handbook is a simple, practical guide to using electric photovoltaic panels. The book is suitable for enthusiastic novices for building professionals and architects learning about photovoltaics. Clear examples, diagrams and example projects are given to demonstrate the true capabilities of these systems. The Handbook is updated yearly, providing a up-to-date reference for anyone planning to use electric photovoltaic technology. It is the most comprehensive book on solar electric systems available today. It is backed up by the most powerful online calculator tools available, to make your design and calculations as straightforward as possible. With comprehensive detail in the book for both North America and Europe, the Handbook provides you with information that is relevant to you and your project - where ever you live.

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Author information

Michael Boxwell is a technical consultant and designer and a former managing director of an electric vehicle supplier in the UK. He is the author of a number of books including the Solar Electricity Handbook, Owning An Electric Car and The Electric Car Guide series of books. He also runs the Reva Electric Car owners club. He is currently working on a number of new eco books, a TV series and a children's book of stories. He is a regular guest on Transport Evolved and This Week In Energy. Michael lives in the United Kingdom and is married with two children.

Table of contents

Introducing Solar Energy Who this book is aimed at The rapidly changing world of solar energy Solar electricity and solar heating The source of solar power The principles of solar electricity Understanding the terminology Setting expectations for solar electricity Why choose a solar electric system? Cost-justifying solar Solar power and wind power Fuel cells Grid-tied solar electric systems Solar electricity and the environment A Brief Introduction to Electricity Don't panic A brief introduction to electricity How to measure electricity The relationship between volts, amps, ohms, watts and watt-hours A word for non-electricians The Four Configurations for Solar Power Stand-alone/off-grid Grid-tie Grid-tie with power backup (grid interactive) Grid fallback How grid-tie systems differ from stand-alone Components of a Solar Electric System Solar panels Batteries Controller Inverter Electrical devices Connecting everything together The Design Process Short-cutting the design work Solar energy and emotions Scoping the Project Designing grid-tie or grid fallback systems Fleshing out the scope Producing a power analysis When you are ready to proceed Calculating inefficiencies When do you need to use the solar system? Keeping it simple Improving the scope Calculating Solar Energy What is solar energy? Solar panels and shade Solar array power point efficiencies The effects of temperature on solar panels Working out an approximate cost Working out dimensions Surveying Your Site What we want to achieve First impressions Positioning the solar array Identifying the path of the sun across the sky Shading Future proof your system Positioning batteries, controllers and inverters Cablin Site survey for the holiday home Understanding the Components Common components for all systems Solar panels Solar panel mountings Solar array cables Fuses and isolation switches Ground fault protection Components for Grid-Tie systems Grid-tie solar panels Grid-tie inverters Components for Stand-Alone Systems Calculate your optimum voltage How to calculate your current Calculating cable thicknesses Mixing and matching solar panels Batteries Solar controller Inverters Cables Plugs and sockets Appliances Reputable brand names Shopping list for the holiday home Planning, regulations and approvals National and international standards for solar components Installation regulations Getting your electricity supplier involved Solar grants and selling your power Detailed Design Safety is designed in Solar array design Batteries Specifics for a grid fallback system Circuit protection Cable sizing and selection Some sample wiring diagrams The next step Solar frame mounting Positioning batteries Planning the installation Installation Have you read the instructions? Safety Assembling your toolkit Preparing your site Testing your solar panels Installing the solar array Installing the batteries Installing the control equipment Installing a grid-tie system Commissioning the system Charging up your batteries Connecting your devices Troubleshooting Keep safe Common faults Excessive power usage Insufficient power generation Damaged wiring/ poor connections Weak battery Inverter issues Maintaining Your System Internet Support Tools available on the website A Final Word Appendix A - Crystalline Solar Panels and Shading Types of obstruction Designing shade-tolerant solar systems Other options If all else fails... Appendix B - Solar Insolation Understanding this information Appendix C - Typical Power Requirements Household and office Garden and DIY Caravans, boats and recreational vehicles Appendix D - Living Off-Grid A solar electric system in conjunction with grid electricity Appendix E - Other Solar Projects Grid fallback system/ grid failover system Portable solar power unit Solar boat Solar shed light Solar electric bikes Appendix F - Building Your Own Solar Panels (and Why You Shouldn't)