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Solar Electricity Handbook 2014: A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy - Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems

Solar Electricity Handbook 2014: 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 | 202 pages
  • Dimensions: 191mm x 234mm x 13mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 11 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Coventry
  • ISBN 10: 1907670394
  • ISBN 13: 9781907670398
  • Edition: 8, Revised
  • Edition statement: 8th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 41,904

Product description

The Solar Electricity Handbook is a practical and straightforward guide to using electric solar panels. Assuming no previous knowledge, 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 photovoltaic system from scratch. 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.

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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.

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. Cabling. 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).