Solar Success – Full Content Details

by | Aug 1, 2014

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Terminology
  • Chapter 1 - Solar Reality - an overview - How much solar is available?
    • Solar - what runs/what doesn't
    • Stand-alone solar systems
    • Grid-connect
    • What solar modules produce
    • Solar access
    • Service importance
    • First all-solar town
  • Chapter 2 - Lighting
    • Fluorescent tubes and globes
    • Compact fluorescents
    • Light-emitting diodes
    • Light colour
    • Lighting levels
    • Recommended light levels
  • Chapter 3 - Fridges & freezers
    • Fridge ratings
    • Domestic fridges
  • Chapter 4 - Air conditioning
    • Air conditioner star ratings
    • Air conditioner types
    • Inverter air conditioners
    • Reducing air conditioner consumption
    • Cooling capacity required
    • Reverse-cycle air conditioners
  • Chapter 5 - Washing machines
    • Washing machine - energy ratings
    • Water efficiency ratings
    • Buying caution
    • Rebates
  • Chapter 6 - Clothes dryers - Dryer types
    • Chapter 7 - Dishwashers
      • Energy ratings
      • Saving energy
    • Chapter 8 - Power tools
      • Chapter 9 - Phantom loads
        • Example phantom loads
        • Remedying phantom loads
      • Chapter 10 - TVs and computers
        • TV energy draw
        • Computers
      • Chapter 11 - Water
        • Rainwater tanks
        • Rainwater legislation
        • Pumping water
        • Pump energy draw
        • Pressure systems
        • Constant pressure pumps
        • Variable speed pumps
        • Pressure tanks
        • Irrigation
        • Valve control
        • Bore pumps
        • Pumping losses
        • Calculating pump pressure
      • Chapter 12 - Swimming pools
        • Keeping water clean
        • Recent trends
      • Chapter 13 - Ponds
        • Ultra-violet sterilisers
        • Pumps - general
        • Solar pumps
      • Chapter 14 - Solar
        • What solar modules produce
        • Nominal Operating Cell Temperature
        • How much sun?
        • Tracking the sun
        • Shadowing tolerance and loss
        • Weather effects
        • Buying solar modules
      • Chapter 15 - Solar modules - voltage & current
        • Increasing voltage
        • Power Maximisers
        • Solar output beware - it's not what it seems
      • Chapter 16 - Solar regulation
        • Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) regulators
      • Chapter 17 - Batteries
        • Battery types
        • Battery capacity
        • Interconnecting batteries
        • Battery location
      • Chapter 18 - Battery charging
        • The battery charging area
      • Chapter 19 - Energy monitoring
        • Chapter 20 - Generators
          • Diesel generators for long term use
          • Battery charging from a generator
          • Auto-start/stop
          • Generator noise
          • Generator size
          • Generators and switch-mode chargers
        • Chapter 21 - Alternative power - wind & hydro
          • Larger wind generators
          • Micro hydro-electric
          • Turbine types
          • Ram pumps
          • Geothermal space heating
          • Passive and direct solar heating
          • Energy efficiency first
          • Site selection
        • Chapter 22 - Alternative energy storage - fuel cells
          • Fuel cell history
          • Commercial development
          • How fuel cells work
        • Chapter 23 - Inverters
          • Silicon camels
          • Stand-alone inverters
          • Inverters for fixed wiring
          • Grid-connect inverters
          • Battery backed grid-connect
        • Chapter 24 - Energy auditing
          • Existing usage
        • Chapter 25 - Scaling stand-alone systems
          • Available irradiation
          • Needed solar capacity
          • Solar regulators
          • Example of solar regulator sizing
          • Battery capacity
          • Battery chargers
          • Generators for battery charging
          • Fuel cells
        • Chapter 26 - Meters & measuring
          • How to measure solar current output
          • How to measure battery voltage
          • How to measure battery and other heavy currents
          • Current shunts
        • Chapter 27 - Installing - legal
          • Working on batteries
          • Inverter safety
        • Chapter 28 - Installing the system
          • Reducing voltage drop
          • All 12/24-volts
          • The inverter decides
          • Solar array voltage
          • Establishing cable size
          • How most cable is rated
          • Auto cable
          • Current ratings
          • Cable (voltage separation)
          • Terminating cables
          • Power posts
          • Crimping tool & lugs
          • Protecting cabling
          • DC circuit breakers
          • AC circuit breakers
          • Fuses
          • Solar modules need unobstructed sun
          • Solar mountings
          • Connecting modules
          • Solar modules lightning protection
          • Testing series-connected solar modules
          • Testing parallel-connected modules
          • Earthing solar module frames
          • Solar regulator
          • Programming solar regulators
          • Locating energy monitors
          • Locating batteries
          • Example
          • Large capacity battery banks
          • Battery chargers
          • Current shunts
          • Switches for 12/24-volts DC
          • Power outlets for 12/24-volts
          • Inverters
          • Generators
          • Generators- auto/changeover
          • Water pumps
          • Pressure accumulators
          • Air conditioners
          • Refrigerators
          • Fridge cable size
          • Fusing fridges
        • Chapter 29 - Constructing a Stand-alone System
          • Chapter 30 - Grid-connect
            • The grid network
            • Electricity usage
            • Distributed energy storage
            • Grid-connect
            • Going off-grid
            • Climate-optimised solar
            • Strategies to consider now
          • Chapter 31 - Example systems
            • Comments
            • Example 2 - mid-sized cabin
            • Updates
            • Further update
            • Example 4 - an ongoing (Queensland) system
            • The costs
            • The savings
            • Update
          • Chapter 32 - Living with solar
            • Seeming lack of solar input
            • Battery maintenance
            • Leaking batteries
            • Solar modules
          • Chapter 33 - Our solar systems
            • The Broome house's structure
            • Extending the solar
            • Water
            • Irrigation
            • Swimming pool
            • The end of an era
          • Chapter 34 - Technical Terms Explained
            • References & contacts etc.
              • Useful sources of information
              • Recommended books and publications
              • Relevant standards