Solar That Really Works! – Full Content Details

by | Apr 28, 2020

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • Chapter 1 - Solar realities

    • How is available solar measured?
    • Solar anomalies and limitations
    • Space and weight limitations
    • Converter electrical systems
    • Cabins
    • Battery capacity
    • Cooking and heating
    • Energy-efficient appliances
    • Water pumping
    • Washing machines/dishwashers
    • Television
    • Computers
    • Lighting
    • Air conditioning
    • What voltage?
    • Mains-voltage via an inverter
    • Costs
    • Avoid cheap products
  • Chapter 2 - Electrical self-sufficiency

    • Vehicle alternator charging
    • The self-sufficient approach
    • Jump starting
    • Future for alternator charging
  • Chapter 3 - Solar modules

    • Monocrystalline modules
    • Polycrystalline modules
    • Amorphous modules
    • Solar cell development
    • What solar modules really produce
    • Shadow resistance
    • Module placement
    • Portable solar modules
    • Buying solar generally
    • Grid-connect solar modules for cabins and RVs
    • MPPT regulators
    • Solar module trends
  • Chapter 4 - Solar regulators and monitors

    • MPPT regulators
    • Buying a solar regulator
    • Energy monitors - knowing the state of charge
    • How energy monitoring works
  • Chapter 5 - Batteries and battery charging (general)

    • Specialised batteries
    • Lithium-iron (LiFePO4) batteries
    • High current loads - caution
    • How batteries are charged
    • Typical battery charging sequence
    • Equalisation
    • Battery Management Systems
  • Chapter 6 - Batteries and battery charging (via alternators)

    • Temperature controlled alternators
    • Variable voltage alternators
    • Identifying alternator type
    • Battery-to-battery DC chargers
    • Charging lithium-iron batteries
    • Choosing a battery-to-battery charger
    • Adding solar
    • Need for buying caution
  • Chapter 7 - Generators and fuel-cells

    • Safeguarding electrics
    • Charging from an inverter generator
    • How noisy?
    • Diesel/LPG generators
    • Fuel-cells
  • Chapter 8 - Inverter types

    • Transformer- based inverters
    • Adequate installation essential
    • Switch-mode inverters.
    • Paralleling inverters
    • Wired in - or freestanding
    • Automatic load sensing - ‘phantom loads’
    • Safety - a buying consideration
  • Chapter 9 - Refrigerators

    • Top or door opening?
    • Electric-only
    • Eutectic fridges
    • Three-way fridges
    • T-rating
    • The choice
    • Correct installation
  • Chapter 10 - Lighting

    • Switching
    • Halogen
    • Fluorescent lights
    • Light emitting diodes
    • Colour temperature
    • Light output
    • Lumens
    • Lux
    • Light fittings for RVs
    • The choice
  • Chapter 11 - Water and pumping

    • Water pumps for RVs
    • Pipe resistance
    • Pressure tanks
    • Constant pressure pumps
  • Chapter 12 - Computers and TV

    • Television
    • Computers
    • Housing equipment
  • Chapter 13 - Communications

    • Yagi Antennas
    • Charging the phone
    • Satellite phone
    • High Frequency radio
    • Personal locator beacon (PLB)
    • CB radio
    • Useful Telstra links:
  • Chapter 14 - Scaling the system

    • Table 1 - Typical consumption - in watts
    • Table 2.14
    • Two solar approaches
    • How many modules?
    • Supplementing the battery
    • Solar output - modules flat
    • Solar output - modules angled
    • Supplementing solar energy
    • Winter use
    • Electrical self-sufficiency
  • Chapter 15 - Example systems

    • Watts the matter
    • Example 1. Small cabin
    • Example 2. Campervan (40 litre electric fridge)
    • Example 3: Small motorhome (120 litre electric fridge)
    • Example 4. Average travel trailer motorhome
    • Example 5: Large travel trailer
    • Example 6: Coach conversion (old 500 litre fridge)
    • Example 7. Big fifth-wheel travel trailer - (low energy)
  • Chapter 16 - Extra-low voltage wiring

    • The Victorian exception
    • Safety
    • Absolutes
    • Wire tables
    • Auto cable - a very real trap
    • Current rating
    • Specifying cables
    • ISO Standard re voltage drop
    • 12/24 volts - the choice
    • Fixing inadequate wiring
    • Which cable is which - colour coding
    • Making connections
    • Joining cables
    • Fuses
    • Circuit breakers
    • Master switches
    • Switches
    • Twelve volt plugs and sockets
  • Chapter 17 - Low voltage wiring

    • Relocatable premises
    • Permanent connection exceptions
    • Vital exceptions
    • Power into the vehicle (socket outlets)
    • Supply cables
    • 10-15 amp adaptors
    • Protecting against ‘dirty’ power
    • Vehicle inlet socket
    • Polarity and double pole switches
    • Polarity testing
    • Inverters
    • Change-over switches
    • Cabling
    • Separation of Low and Extra-low voltage wiring
    • Wiring protection
    • Kitchens and bathrooms
    • Certification
    • Updating installations
  • Chapter 18 - Installing batteries

    • Parallel connection
    • Series connection
    • Battery location and care
    • Battery installation and ventilation
    • Battery and cable protection
    • Battery cables and connections
    • Power posts
    • Sizing main battery cables
    • Safety precautions
  • Chapter 19 - Installing solar modules

    • Placing modules
    • Connecting loose modules
    • Roof mounting
    • Trailers/fifth-wheeler travel trailers
    • Physical mountings (RVs)
    • Cabins
    • Interconnection for higher voltage/current
    • Solar module cable sizing
    • Series diodes
    • Earthing
  • Chapter 20 - Installing the solar regulator

    • Load measurement
    • Current shunts
    • Positive versus negative (shunt) sensing
  • Chapter 21 - Installing the fridge

    • Example 1
    • Example 2
  • Chapter 22 - Installing an inverter

    • Connection sequence
  • Chapter 23 - Installing water systems

    • Pressure tanks
  • Chapter 24 - Installing a voltage sensing relay

    • Variable voltage alternator issues
  • Chapter 25 - Electrical converters

    • Converter associated wiring issues
  • Chapter 26 - Compliance issues

    • Electrical non-compliance
  • Chapter 27 - Fixing problems (general)

  • Chapter 28 - Living with solar

    • Typical indications of a good system with lead acid or AGM batteries
    • Typical indications of a system with lithium batteries
    • Solar capacity versus battery capacity
    • Training visitors
  • Chapter 29 - Walking the walk

    • VW Kombi
    • OKA
    • Nissan Patrol and TVan
    • Home and property
    • Swimming pool
    • Water pumping
    • Church Point
  • Chapter 30 - Electricity - simply explained

    • Electricity - simply explained
    • General
    • Electrical units and terms
  • Chapter 31 - Making contact

    • This book’s publisher