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New Solar Energy Possibilities for Homes

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on May 13, 2017 in Creative Solar, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

Guest Contributor post by Matt J @ South Shore Roofing

A renewable energy system can be used to supply some or all of your electricity needs, using new and eco-friendly technologies. There are many different systems and technologies for powering your house while being eco-friendly and saving energy.

One of the most popular and efficient systems is solar electric system, which includes solar panels. They can help seize the sunlight and heat and create electricity. With them you can cut your costs significantly in the long run. And the added bonus is that they look great.

Solar Panels on a residential roof.  Image courtesy of www.southshoreroof.com.

Solar Panels on a residential roof. Image courtesy of www.southshoreroof.com.

Small solar electric or photovoltaic systems are reliable producers of electricity for your home, they use natural, renewable energy, the sun, they do not pollute and are extremely cost effective. This kind of system includes solar panels for your roof that absorb the energy from the sun and use it to generate heat or electricity.

There are two main categories of rooftop solar technologies that are being used today and from which you can choose:

  • The first one is photovoltaic (PV) which uses solar cells to convert the sunlight directly into electricity. The performance of a solar cell is measured in terms of its efficiency at turning sunlight into electricity. It is energy-efficient, as well as cost-effective. PV devices can be used to power anything from small electronics (calculators and road signs) up to homes and large commercial businesses.
  • The other is thermal which uses sunlight to heat water or air for the interior of your house. The heated water stays in an insulated tank, much like with a conventional water heater, and you can use it whenever. By using solar energy, rather than fossil fuels, solar thermal systems reduce utility bills, as well as the emission of carbon-based greenhouse gases. They do cost more to install than traditional water heaters, but they can save you a lot of money on your water heating bills.

Solar panel technologies are advancing even further, in both their use and design. For example, they can now be designed in a way that makes them less visible and prominent than the standard solar panels, even incorporated and hidden within the structure of your roof. According to iAltEnergy, thin panel technology allows for thin laminated continuous strips of panels to be hidden in the profile of the roof or even incorporated in your windows.

Solar pathway lighting for around the home and garden.  Image courtesy of www.southshoreroof.com.

Solar pathway lighting for around the home and garden. Image courtesy of www.southshoreroof.com.

You should also think about solar lighting and batteries for your home, both indoors and outdoors. These lights are just as good as your standard ones, intensity-wise, if not better. And they are certainly better when it comes to energy and power consumption, which is minimal – they are powered by the sun. They are small and can be charged and connected to a system of solar batteries. These batteries are also powered by the sun. The way it functions is simple. During the day, the lights are powered by sunlight, and the battery system charges. When the sun goes down and the lights cannot absorb its energy anymore, then they are powered by the solar batteries. Both the lights and the batteries are very affordable and good for the environment.

CES 2016: Solar Powered Gadgets of the Future.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on February 5, 2016 in Creative Solar, Latest Technology, Solar News - Comments: 1 Comment »

by Maria Juniper, Contributing Editor

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a prominent global electronics and technology focused trade show that takes place every year in Las Vegas. Held in January each year, it is known for introducing the latest technology trends and most innovative electronics. This year, solar energy was at the forefront with a huge variety of tech that utilize the power of the sun. Here are some of the most impressive solar-powered products featured at the 2016 event.

The GoSun Sport Solar Oven is a 100% clean energy solar cooker that can cook food in 20 minutes! Image courtesy of www.gosunstove.com.

The GoSun Sport Solar Oven is a 100% clean energy solar cooker that can cook food in 20 minutes! Image courtesy of www.gosunstove.com.

GoSun Stove

The GoSun Stove is a portable cooking stove that is powered by solar energy. The small tubular metal and evacuated-glass cylinder can reach temperatures of up to 550°F or 290°C. It is low maintenance, capturing the sun’s rays even on cloudy and winter days to steam, bake, fry, roast or boil meals in as little as 20 minutes. The highly effective solar oven is expected to help combat global warming by reducing dependence on fossil fuels for cooking. We should expect the latest model to ship by this summer.

The Misfit Shine Monitor is a chic new way to track fitness, sleep and daily food patterns. Image courtesy of www.misfit.com.

The Misfit Shine Monitor is a chic new way to track fitness, sleep and daily food patterns. Image courtesy of www.misfit.com.

Swarovski Fitness Tracker

One other trend at CES came in the form of wearables and fitness trackers. However, the Misfit Swarovski Shine, really stood out for its solar-powered design and flashy looks. The face of the tracker is a single large crystal embedded in a crystal-studded band, and the device is powered by a solar cell inside the central crystal. This fitness tracker combines advanced solar power technology with fashionable design, and is expected to make a splash when it comes on the market later this year.

The slim Sol bag by Samsung is ideal for charging smart phones and tablets while on the go. Stylish and efficient, a sure way to keep energized with free energy from the sun. Image courtesy of www.mashable.com.

The slim Sol bag by Samsung is ideal for charging smart phones and tablets while on the go. Stylish and efficient, a sure way to keep energized with free energy from the sun. Image courtesy of www.mashable.com.

Samsung Sol Bag

Samsung has created a different kind of wearable. The Samsung Sol Bag is a purse and a solar charger all-in-one. About the size of a small laptop, its stylish hexagon pattern belies the solar cells that charge your Galaxy phone in as little as four hours. Although it can’t store power (so you have to enjoy the sunshine a bit while it charges), it is expected to be quite a hit with consumers when it hits the shelves in late 2016.

The new solar charger kit, known as the NRG Sunbook is another great way to charge your devices with free energy from the sun. Image courtesy of www.digitaltrends.com.

The new solar charger kit, known as the NRG Sunbook is another great way to charge your devices with free energy from the sun. Image courtesy of www.digitaltrends.com.

The Sunbook 7 and Sunbook 14

The Sunbook by NRG – touted as “Simple Portable Solar Power”- is a basic concept that is quite revolutionary. This portable solar panel can be used to charge your phone, using the Sunbook 7, or your tablet with the Sunbook 14 with a basic kickstand and LED-light indicator light to ensure good sun placement. The detachable battery pack must be charged up in the sun before using it to charge electronic devices using free, clean, renewable energy.

Capable of charging in 30 minutes at up to 80% capacity, the Activeon SolarX video camera has its charging capabilities built into it. A sure way to keep the camera rolling when out and about. Image courtesy of www.activeon.com.

Activeon Solar X

The Activeon Solar X is a video camera with a 2 hour battery life that is charged completely by the flip-up solar panels attached to its sides. Charging is supposed to require less than 30 minutes to reach 80 percent battery power. Video quality is 2,160p through a f2.4 wide-angle lens, and it has a 2-inch touchscreen and WiFi capability for uploading videos. It is expected to be available in March and is currently priced at $430.

All this focus on solar is unsurprising, since the solar industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. This is no surprise as renewable energy use has been steadily growing, accounting for 13 percent of the energy generated in the United States, according to Ohio Gas. Solar power, in particular, is an excellent way to reduce the human impact on the environment. For that reason it can be expected to be used in a wide range of gadgets and larger applications in the coming years.

Australia is at it again, making the most out of solar design while conserving water!

Posted By: Mario Villalobos on March 9, 2015 in Creative Solar, Latest Technology, Solar News, World News - Comments: No Comments »

One of the points made by solar opposition is the intrusion of installations on existing ecosystems. For example, desert installations in the US are often subject to EIRs (Environmental Impact Reports) that may make or break a project. Albeit, this is done for good reasons and with the right intent for all involved (human and non-human). So, designers in Australia have come up with a solution that doesn’t harm the footprint of the solar array installation, all while working as a water conservation system for a water treatment facility.

Floating solar array.

Floating solar array in Australia. Image courtesy of Infratech Industries.

As this solar array is situated on a buoyant foundation, it acts as an evaporation barrier for the water below (cools the surface temperature of the water that is shaded by the solar array, thus less evaporation from radiation as well as some blockage of lateral wind evaporation.) No additional land is used with this array (see scenario above), so the situation is optimized for both electricity generation and efficient water treatment. The electricity generated is used to power the water treatment operations with excess electricity sold to the local township.

Smart design for a smart technology.  Way to go Australia!

Solar on!

Mario @ Your Solar Link

How do solar street lights maintain their autonomy? Smart Controllers!

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on January 20, 2015 in Creative Solar, Latest Technology, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

This is the final post in our series on solar street lights from SolTek Renewables. We covered everything from energy collection (solar panels) to energy storage (rechargeable 12 Volt batteries). Now we will focus on energy distribution. This is maintained by a smart controller that is located near the base and inside of each light pole (poles are hollow).

Solar street light controller from SolTek Renewables.

Solar street light controller from SolTek Renewables. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

The smart controller has a few functions:

1.  The smart controller is a gateway device that is located between the solar panel and the rechargeable battery. The controller will monitor the current of electricity going into the battery to ensure that the battery is not overcharged.

2.  Once the sun has set, the smart controller recognizes the drop in current and automatically reverses the flow of electricity out of the rechargeable battery and into the CREE LED luminaires.

3.  Smart controllers can be set to energize the LED luminaires in several modes such as split night (full output for first 5 hours and then to 40% for remainder of evening), full output (which will lessen the autonomy from 5 to about 2 or 3 nights), to full brightness with automatic shut-off (this setting may extend the system autonomy well beyond 5 nights).

4.  Once the sun starts to rise at dawn, the smart controller will repeat the cycle of energy collection via the solar panel and direct it to the rechargeable battery.

It’s that simple! Now that we are able to collect, control, and distribute our own free energy from the sun, the applications are becoming limitless. With all the components designed into one unit, the solar street lights from SolTek Renewables are without a doubt the most economical, environmentally friendly, reliable and practical solution for almost all exterior illumination projects in most of the world. 2015 is here and so is SolTek Renewables!

Solar on!

Mario @ Your Solar Link

The All-In-One solar street light for a proposed military installation.

The All-In-One solar street light for a proposed military installation. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

The All-In-One solar street light at night for silent military operations.

The All-In-One solar street light at night for silent military operations. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

Back to the solar street light series, today’s episode – the solar panel.

Posted By: Mario Villalobos on January 12, 2015 in Community Action, Latest Technology, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

We have been posting the components of the solar street lights at www.soltekrenewables.com. So far we have covered the 12-Volt rechargeable batteries, galvanized steel poles and CREE LED fixtures. Next up are the first point of contact for energy collection and generation: the solar panel. Solar panels are the point where photons from the sun (light) are collected, converted to electricity and transmitted via wires to the rechargeable batteries for storage and distribution at night to the LED luminaires. Sizes of solar panels have been steadily decreasing since their early years of widespread use. While the panels have been decreasing in size, they have also been increasing in efficiency. Efficiency is the amount of energy that is converted to usable electricity. Typical efficiencies run between 11% to 15%, with some companies offering panels at 18% efficiency.

Size comparisons between Lumina solar street light, 6 foot person and the solar panel on top.

Size comparisons between Lumina solar street light, 6 foot person and the solar panel on top. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

Factors that can affect efficiency are reflective coatings on the panel to increase light infiltration, orientation of the solar panel relative to the sun, obstructions (shade from trees, buildings, etc.) and ambient temperature, to name a few. For the purposes of solar street lights, the optimum fixed panel position is tilted toward the south (for those of us in the USA). An angle of at least 20 degrees optimizes efficiency; however for those at higher latitudes, this angle will increase depending on your particular geographical location. For those on the equator, the optimum angle would be zero (as the sun crosses perpendicular twice a year), etc.

Lumina series solar street lights with solar panel position.

Lumina series solar street lights with solar panel position. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

Solar panels for SolTek Renewables‘ line of solar street lights are higher on the efficiency rating, are minimally affected by temperature (as they do not rest on a surface such as a roof or ground that radiates stored heat from below) and can be coated with nano-coating applications to further increase prolonged clean panel surfaces in dusty locations. As for the aesthetics of a solar panel on top of the pole, the high efficiency and relatively small size of each panel do not detract from the design of the pole and fixture. Furthermore, it is nice to see that the energy used to light up your lights is collected with that solar panel on the top. A small reminder that you are now self-sufficient, off-grid and using a 100% renewable energy light where you own the energy that you use. An honest solution that is better for the environment and even better for your wallet.

Turning sunlight into nighttime illumination with the Lumina solar street light.

Turning sunlight into nighttime illumination with the Lumina solar street light. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

Solar on!

Mario @ Your Solar Link


 
 


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