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Free Charge Controller Kit – Part 5 – Assembling the Load Circuitry

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

This is the fifth part of a multipart series of articles describing how I constructed the v4 Free Charge Controller kit from Jameco. See Part 4 here, Part 3 here, Part 2 here, and Part 1 here. If you have not done so yet, please complete those parts first. This section describes the assembly steps […]

Free Charge Controller Kit – Part 4 – Testing the Power Circuitry

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

This is the fourth part of a multipart series of articles describing how I constructed the v4 Free Charge Controller kit from Jameco. See Part 3 here, Part 2 here, and Part 1 here. If you have not done so yet, please complete those parts first. When testing the charge controller, I strongly recommend that […]

Free Charge Controller Kit – Part 3 – Assembling the Power Circuitry

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

This is the third part of a multipart series of articles describing how I constructed the v4 Free Charge Controller kit from Jameco. See Part 2 here, and part 1 here. If you have not done so yet, please complete those two parts first. You will probably want to have a paper copy of the […]

The Importance of Alternative Power Options

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

This post is not intended to be fearmongering or unnecessarily alarming, but it IS meant to bring some things to your attention. There are many reasons why everyone should feel compelled to install (or at least posess) solar panels. And hopefully this article will lay some of these out for your consideration.

The Most Energy Efficient Way to Use Your Heating

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Using our heating in an energy efficient manner is incredibly important and a very effective way to alter our overall carbon footprint and our overall energy bill. When it comes to using heating efficiently though, most people are not fully informed and don’t understand all of the various factors at play. Here then we will look at some tips to help you use your heating in an even more environmentally friendly manner.

The Present State of Solar Automobile Technology

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Unfortunately, vehicles that are completely powered by on-board solar panels are a long way from being practical. Such vehicles, in their current form, are typically used to demonstrate the future potential of solar power and as experimental engineering projects. One of the problems preventing vehicles powered by on-board solar panels from becoming practical is the limitations that come with the photovoltaic cells used to convert solar energy to electricity. They require much more space than is provided by standard car designs. Examples of present solar vehicles include the Tokai Challenger from Japan’s Tokai University. The Tokai Challenger is the single-passenger solar car that that won the World Solar Challenge in 2009 and 2011. The roughly six square meters of solar panel and the blade-like design for minimal drag make it unsuitable as a vehicle for the average motorist.