Why Should You Harness Solar Power?

September 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Wind And Solar Energy


Dear Friend,

Very simply put, ‘Solar energy’ is energy
that is derived from the sun. Our sun is an
abundant source of energy; it gives of heat
and light.

The sun’s been revered by several
cultures of the past and even by a few
cultures still present today. The ancient
Egyptians even worshiped the sun as a God.

All said and done, it was not misplaced
respect; the sun certainly is an abundant
and limitless source of power, at least for
several generations to come; the merits for
using its solar energy are numerous.

It’s free

Every morning with each dawn, the solar
energy released by the sun comes filtered
through our atmosphere providing light and
helping to radiate heat.

This has been happening for millions of
years yet it is only recently that we have begun to
capitalize on this abundant source of almost
infinite power.

In the past the Greeks and the Egyptians
have been known to harness the power of the
sun to heat whatever they wished to by
concentrating its radiation.

It’s non-polluting, and earth friendly.

The energy from the sun is clean and free
of any pollutants; unlike various sources of
energy present today like petroleum or
organic fuels that leave back residues and
often leave back harmful gases when utilized
to create energy.

Extremely reliable, because it powered by
the sun…

The sun has been burning for roughly four
and a half billion years now and is likely
to burn on for another four to five billion
years to come.

That’s definitely more than
our lifetimes and certainly more than
several generations of the future. Every
morning it promptly shows up and vanishes
for the evening while it lights up another
portion of the globe.

The saying “as sure as day” did not come
about for nothing; assuming the sun is
shining brightly, depending on which part of
the globe you are you can harness the energy
of the sun to either store it away or
utilize its energy in a different way.

Limitless amount

There is no restriction on how much energy
we can use from the sun. Apparently, the
amount of energy that comes from the sun
every few minutes if successfully harnessed
can power the entire United States of
America for a whole year. If we were only
able to harness the immense energy of the
sun we would be able to solve all the
worlds’ energy problems.

Why would you?

Ever wonder why no one thought about this
earlier? How come if there’s so much energy
just lying around, we simply cannot seem to
efficiently harness it? How it that so much
of the sun energy seems to go totally
unnoticed and is ultimately wasted?

Well one of the reasons that this wonderful
power reserve is generally wasted is the
fact that the sunlight that we actually
receive is so thinly dissipated across the
earth to be able to contribute substantially
enough if we try to harness it.

For us to be able to actually harness the
power of the sun we have to be able to
manipulate, focus and store the sun’s
energy.

While this may seem simple it is
easier said than done; So far we have only
managed to develop three partially
successful means of collecting solar energy.

The Reflection Method – Mirrors / Parabola

The reflection method is based on the
concentration of the sun’s rays through a
single or a set of mirrors onto one point
and then utilizing the concentrated heat
energy that is produced for out need.

A parabolic mirror much like a dish antenna
can be used to capture the sun’s rays and
focus them on a single point.

The radiation method

This is the principle behind the solar
water heaters. Painted black pipes
sandwiched between two layers of glass, have
water inside them that is heated thanks to
the rays of the sun.

Your Solar panels

A more recent invention the ‘solar cell’ is
composed of treated silicon crystals, which
when hit by the rays of the sun knock
electrons out of their orbits and thereby
create a void that needs to be filled by
electrons from the other silicon crystals,
this creates an imbalance of electrons and
hence a flow of current which can be either
immediately utilized or else stored away in
a rechargeable battery.

What’s stopping us?

Despite the apparent benefits of using
solar power it is most unfortunate that
there are very few solar power plants around
the world. Sadly, with today’s level of
technology, cost and reliability are two
major factors that are still hurdles in the
way of mass usage of solar energy.

Technological limitations dictate that the
most efficient solar cells created today are
still not capable of generating enough power
to be commercially viable without occupying
huge surface areas.

Furthermore, reliance
exclusively on solar cells in not yet
practical, for if there were to be a cloudy
day it could reduce the amount of
electricity generated and that would be
disastrous for those people completely
reliant on that energy.

On the bright side, constant innovation and
research on solar energy is resulting in
much more efficient solar cells that are a
fraction of the size of existing cells and
churn out much more power. For now they are
still expensive, but not far is the day when
they will be affordable and available to the
common man.

All the best,
Jeff Davis

 

Alternative Energy for Your Home

May 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Wind and Solar

Alternative Energy for the Home

The trend toward homes that are powered by alternative energy sources, ranging from wind turbines and solar collection cells to hydrogen fuel cells and biomass gases, is one that needs to continue into the 21st century and beyond. We have great need of becoming more energy independent, and not having to rely on the supplying of fossil fuels from unstable nations who are often hostile to us and our interests. But even beyond this factor, we as individuals need to get “off the grid” and also stop having to be so reliant on government-lobbying giant oil corporations who, while they are not really involved in any covert conspiracy, nevertheless have a stranglehold on people when it comes to heating their homes (and if not through oil, then heat usually supplied by grid-driven electricity, another stranglehold).

As Remi Wilkinson, Senior Analyst with Carbon Free, puts it, inevitably, the growth of distributed generation will lead to the restructuring of the retail electricity market and the generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure. The power providers may have to diversify their business to make up for revenues lost through household energy microgeneration. She is referring to the conclusions by a group of UK analysts, herself included among them, who call themselves Carbon Free. Carbon Free has been studying the ever-growing trend toward alternative energy-using homes in England and the West. This trend is being driven by ever-more government recommendation and sometimes backing of alternative energy research and development, the rising cost of oil and other fossil fuels, concern about environmental degradation, and desires to be energy independent. Carbon Free concludes that, assuming traditional energy prices remain at their current level or rise, microgeneration (meeting all of one’s home’s energy needs by installing alternative energy technology such as solar panels or wind turbines) will become to home energy supply what the Internet became to home communications and data gathering, and eventually this will have deep effects on the businesses of the existing energy supply companies.

Carbon Free’s analyses also show that energy companies themselves have jumped in on the game and seek to leverage microgeneration to their own advantage for opening up new markets for themselves. Carbon Free cites the example of electricity companies (in the UK) reporting that they are seriously researching and developing ideas for new geothermal energy facilities, as these companies see geothermal energy production as a highly profitable wave of the future. Another conclusion of Carbon Free is that solar energy hot water heating technology is an efficient technology for reducing home water heating costs in the long run, although it is initially quite expensive to install. However, solar power is not yet cost-effective for corporations, as they require too much in the way of specialized plumbing to implement solar energy hot water heating. Lastly, Carbon Free tells us that installing wind turbines is an efficient way of reducing home electricity costs, while also being more independent. However, again this is initially a very expensive thing to have installed, and companies would do well to begin slashing their prices on these devices or they could find themselves losing market share.

50kW wind turbine installation, Maple Honda, Maple Ontario

May 18, 2011 by  
Filed under Wind and Solar

Maple Honda will install a private wind turbine at its new dealership in a unique partnership with Power Stream. In keeping with leading edge technology pioneered by Honda Motor Co. Maple Honda has taken the innovative step of integrating energy efficiency in an automotive work place. “This is a new venture for both Power Stream and our leading regional automotive dealership. Our goal is to provide a tangible model for alternative energy options in Ontario. The Production of wind energy creates no air pollution and, if the turbines are sited properly, has minimal environmental impact.” says Mr. Zanchin. This is the first commercial-scale use of wind power to generate electricity in the region. The wind turbine will provide supplemental wind power to Maple Honda, and will produce approximately 110 MWH/Yr-which is the equivalent of powering 17 homes. It removes 82.5 tons of CO2 emissions/Yr and is completely Canadian made. Maple Honda will open for business in early fall 2006.

PART 1 WIND POWER PROGRAMS – RPM AT MPH.wmv

May 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Wind and Solar

THIS IS A VIDEO THAT I WROTE TO FIGURE OUT HOW MANY RPMs THE WIND TURBINE WILL SPIN FREELY WITH NO LOAD ON IT IN THE GIVEN WIND CONDITIONS IN A CERTAIN AREA. THAT WAY I WOULD KNOW WHAT VOLTAGES TO EXPECT IN THE AVERAGE WINDS OF THAT AREA. AND IF THE WINDS ARE LOWER FOR THAT AREA I COULD EITHER SHORTEN THE PROP FOR A LITTLE MORE RPMs. OR I COULD JUST ADD MORE MAGNETS, OR REWIRE THE OUTPUTS. ONE OTHER ADVANTAGE TO THIS PROGRAM IS IF I KNOW THE EVERY DAY AVERAGE WIND SPEED , I CAN DESIGN THE ALTERNATOR TO GIVE ME A DESIRED OUTPUT. TOGETHER WITH THE OTHER PROGRAM THAT IS PART 2, I CAN FIGURE OUT THE EXPECTED POWER OUT AND DETERMINE THE PROP SIZE AND THE RPMS NEEDED TO GET THE JOB DONE, AND THE DESIRED WIRE SIZE. ALL THESE FACTORS ARE VERY IMPORTANT IN THE DESIGN OF A WIND TURBINE FOR YOUR AREA. THIS IS A GIFT TO YOU MY VIEWERS AND I HOPE YOU FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF IT. I WILL PROBABLY OFFER THE FULL 2 PROGRAMS TO DOWN LOAD IF I CAN FIND A SITE TO PLACE THEM AT. THESE PROGRAMS ARE IN GWBASIC LANGUAGE. THERE IS A SITE CALLED FRIENDLYRAT.COM WHERE YOU CAN DOWN LOAD THE BASIC COMPILER TO RUN THESE PROGRAMS. SORRY I LEARNED TO PROGRAM WHEN I WAS GOING THROUGH ROBOTICS AT TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IN SWEETWATER/ROSCOE CAMPUS, A DIVISION OF A&M. THIS WAS WAY BACK IN 1982 OR 83. HELLO COMMODORE 64 AND TRS 80s AND TI 99s THE CUTTING EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY FOR THE 80s , AND HELLO BASIC PROGRAMMING. THAT WAS WHEN 64 MEGABITES WAS REALLY COOL. BUT THE BEST THING IS THAT

PART 3 HOW TO CEILING FAN WIND TURBINE

May 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Wind and Solar

THIS IS A VIDEO TO SHOW THOSE WHO DONT WANT TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY FOR THE BIG SYSTEMS OUT THERE. THE BLACK UNIT IN THE BACK GROUND IS THE ONE THAT IM MAKING FOR A FRIEND WHO WILL USE IT WITH GREAT GLADNESS. HIS ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY LIGHTENING. IT WOULD COST TOO MUCH FOR REPAIRS AND NEW DEPOSITS AND OLD BILL TO RECONNECT, ESPECIALY WITH REPAIRS FOR A NEW SERVICE BOX AND UPDATING TO A BREAKER SYSTEM AND THE WIRES DESTROYED IN THE HOUSE. ALTHOUGH THIS UNIT WILL NOT NORMALLY SUPPLY A NORMAL HOUSE HOLD IT WILL ALLOW HIM TO HAVE LIGHTS , RADIO, TV , CELLPHONE CHARGING, AND A FEW MORE THINGS BUT NOT ALL AT ONCE OR CONSTANTLY. BUT 20 DOLLARS A DAY FOR GAS IN A GENERATOR IS NOT AN OPTION EITHER. A BAG OF ICE, AND A COOLER IS. WE ARE MAKING A SOLAR HOT WATER HEATER AS WELL. BY 1:00 PM HE WILL HAVE ENOUGH WATER TO DO DISHES AND GET A NICE HOT SHOWER. THEN RELAX BY THE TV OR RADIO FOR A FEW HOURS ON STORED ENERGY. THEN GO TO SLEEP WITH A SMILE. IF HE GETS UP IN THE NIGHT HE CAN JUST TURN ON THE LIGHT. AND ITS ALL FREE. I HAVE ONE CONFESSION TO MAKE ABOUT THE ONE IN THE FIRST VIDEO THAT EVERYONE HAS COMPLEMENTED ON FROM THE BEGINNING. THAT IS , THAT THE ONE THAT IS IN THE VIDEO IS THE 7th OR 8th ONE I DID. I DID IT FOR SOMEONE ELSE BUT I DESTROYED ONE OF THE COIL SETS IN IT BY PULLING ON THE WIRES TO HARD WHILE I WAS RETHREADING THE WIRES TO COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE. BUT THE 12 VOLT SYSTEM INSTEAD OF 24 VOLT SYSTEM WILL NOT SLOW THE BLADES DOWN WHEN

Clean Solar Power Alternative Energy

May 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Wind and Solar

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Sueing Your HOA So You Can Install Solar Panels

May 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Wind and Solar

www.solardave.com John Forbes: The year before last (2007) Xcel (Energy) had been sending out these mailers with your bill and they were talking about their solar credit program, and I have been really interested in all things solar. I tell people that I had in the 8th grade in 1958 I was standing up in front of the class giving them my science presentation and telling them I wanted to be a solarologist. My science fair project I had a big solar cooker made out of card board and tin foil. The next year I did one with corala algae and composting that in to methane and generating electricity from that, so I was really interested into it a long long time ago. The prices were prohibitive and the products really were not available anyway. So I say this an I was really intrigued and the Cary Hayes and REC Solar showed up at Costco. My wife had seen him and and she said he still might be there and I got home from work and Costco was open a little later. And she took me down there and she met him. OK, I gotta do it. And from then it was September of 2007 and I thought I would just put in my application to the Architectural Committee (Rock Creek HOA) because I had to do that for the yard and the deck and you are supposed get a 45 day turn around. Well when I didn’t get it by October – I went to inquire, I was told you can show up at the next meeting by that time – I check and gave them a little more time back in December or November I think they were skipping December and going in

PART 2 HOW TO CEILING FAN WIND TURBINE

May 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Wind and Solar

THIS IS A VIDEO TO SHOW THOSE WHO DONT WANT TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY FOR THE BIG SYSTEMS OUT THERE. THE BLACK UNIT IN THE BACK GROUND IS THE ONE THAT IM MAKING FOR A FRIEND WHO WILL USE IT WITH GREAT GLADNESS. HIS ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY LIGHTENING. IT WOULD COST TOO MUCH FOR REPAIRS AND NEW DEPOSITS AND OLD BILL TO RECONNECT, ESPECIALY WITH REPAIRS FOR A NEW SERVICE BOX AND UPDATING TO A BREAKER SYSTEM AND THE WIRES DESTROYED IN THE HOUSE. ALTHOUGH THIS UNIT WILL NOT NORMALLY SUPPLY A NORMAL HOUSE HOLD IT WILL ALLOW HIM TO HAVE LIGHTS , RADIO, TV , CELLPHONE CHARGING, AND A FEW MORE THINGS BUT NOT ALL AT ONCE OR CONSTANTLY. BUT 20 DOLLARS A DAY FOR GAS IN A GENERATOR IS NOT AN OPTION EITHER. A BAG OF ICE, AND A COOLER IS. WE ARE MAKING A SOLAR HOT WATER HEATER AS WELL. BY 1:00 PM HE WILL HAVE ENOUGH WATER TO DO DISHES AND GET A NICE HOT SHOWER. THEN RELAX BY THE TV OR RADIO FOR A FEW HOURS ON STORED ENERGY. THEN GO TO SLEEP WITH A SMILE. IF HE GETS UP IN THE NIGHT HE CAN JUST TURN ON THE LIGHT. AND ITS ALL FREE. I HAVE ONE CONFESSION TO MAKE ABOUT THE ONE IN THE FIRST VIDEO THAT EVERYONE HAS COMPLEMENTED ON FROM THE BEGINNING. THAT IS , THAT THE ONE THAT IS IN THE VIDEO IS THE 7th OR 8th ONE I DID. I DID IT FOR SOMEONE ELSE BUT I DESTROYED ONE OF THE COIL SETS IN IT BY PULLING ON THE WIRES TO HARD WHILE I WAS RETHREADING THE WIRES TO COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE. BUT THE 12 VOLT SYSTEM INSTEAD OF 24 VOLT SYSTEM WILL NOT SLOW THE BLADES DOWN WHEN

Space Based Solar Power – Alternative Energy Solution

May 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Wind and Solar

FACT: There aren’t enough resources on this planet to sustain continued human growth and increasing quality of life. FACT: If we want to avoid catastrophic war, suffering, and global shortages of energy, we need to start looking to space seriously for solutions. Space Based Solar Power is the first step. Music – “Pulse” by Yoko Kanno www.energyfromspace.org

Wind Turbine Service Technicians

May 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Wind and Solar

Vote for this Illinois workNet video in the DOL Career Video Challenge for America’s Job Seekers. Click on “Your Vote Counts” link on www.illinoisworknet.com A Day-in-the-Life of Wind Turbine Service Technicians – Watch this video and visit www.illinoisworknet.com Sponsored by Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. (www.illinoisworknet.com) Produced by Illinois workNet and David Cain/UMEDIA, Inc. (www.umedia.net).

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