Solar Electricity Handbook 2017 Edition by Michael Boxwell
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Pages212
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Solar Electricity Handbook 2017 Edition by Michael Boxwell



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Solar Electricity Handbook 2017 Edition A Simple, Practice Guide to Solar Energy - Designing and Installing Solar PV Systems by Michael Boxwell

Main Contents of Solar Electricity Handbook


  • Introducing Solar Energy
  • Who this book is aimed at
  • The rapidly changing world of solar energy
  • Solar electricity and solar heating
  • The source of solar power
  • The principles of solar electricity
  • Understanding the terminology
  • Setting expectations for solar electricity
  • Why choose a solar electric system?
  • Cost-justifying solar
  • Solar power and wind power
  • Fuel cells
  • Solar electricity and the environment
  • In conclusion
  • Making and saving money with solar
  • The ever rising cost of energy
  • Installing electricity to a new building
  • Subsidies, grants and other financial incentives
  • In Conclusion
  • A Brief Introduction to Electricity
  • Don’t panic
  • A brief introduction to electricity
  • How to measure electricity
  • The relationship between volts, amps, ohms, watts and watt-hours
  • Low current and high current systems
  • A word for non-electricians
  • In conclusion
  • The Four Configurations for Solar Power
  • Stand-alone/off-grid
  • Grid-tie
  • Grid-tie with power backup (grid interactive)
  • Grid fallback
  • How grid-tie systems differ from stand-alone
  • In conclusion
  • Components of a Solar Electric System
  • Solar panels
  • Batteries
  • Controller
  • Inverter
  • Electrical devices
  • Connecting everything together
  • The Design Process
  • Short-cutting the design work
  • Solar energy and emotions
  • In conclusion
  • Scoping the Project
  • Designing grid-tie or grid fallback systems
  • Fleshing out the scope
  • Producing a power analysis
  • When you are ready to proceed
  • Calculating inefficiencies
  • When do you need to use the solar system?
  • Keeping it simple
  • Improving the scope
  • In conclusion
  • Calculating Solar Energy
  • What is solar energy?
  • Solar panels and shade
  • Solar array power point efficiencies
  • The effects of temperature on solar panels
  • Working out an approximate cost
  • Working out dimensions
  • In conclusion
  • Surveying Your Site
  • What we want to achieve
  • First impressions
  • Positioning the solar array
  • Identifying the path of the sun across the sky
  • Shading
  • Positioning batteries, controllers and inverters
  • Cabling
  • Site survey for the holiday home
  • In conclusion
  • Understanding the Components
  • Common components for all systems
  • Solar panels
  • Solar panel mountings
  • Solar array cables
  • Solar array connectors
  • Fuses and isolation switches
  • The importance of using the correct cables, connectors and isolation switches
  • Ground fault protection
  • Components for Grid-Tie systems
  • Grid-tie solar panels
  • Grid-tie inverters
  • Components for Stand-Alone Systems
  • Calculate your optimum voltage
  • How to calculate your current
  • Calculating cable thicknesses
  • Mixing and matching solar panels
  • Batteries
  • Solar controller
  • Inverters
  • Cables
  • Plugs and sockets
  • Appliances
  • Reputable brand names
  • Shopping list for the holiday home
  • In conclusion
  • Planning, regulations and approvals
  • National and international standards for solar components
  • Installation regulations
  • Getting your electricity supplier involved
  • In conclusion
  • Detailed Design
  • Safety is designed in
  • Solar array design
  • Batteries
  • Specifics for a grid fallback system
  • Circuit protection
  • Cable sizing and selection
  • Some sample wiring diagrams
  • The next step
  • Solar frame mounting
  • Positioning batteries
  • Planning the installation
  • In conclusion
  • Installation
  • Safety
  • Assembling your toolkit
  • Preparing your site
  • Testing your solar panels
  • Installing the solar array
  • Installing the batteries
  • Installing the control equipment
  • Installing a grid-tie system
  • Commissioning the system
  • Charging up your batteries
  • Connecting your devices
  • Troubleshooting
  • Keep safe
  • Common faults
  • Excessive power usage
  • Insufficient power generation
  • Damaged wiring/ poor connections
  • Weak battery
  • Inverter issues
  • Maintaining Your System
  • Internet Support
  • Tools available on the website
  • Appendix A – Typical Power Requirements
  • Household and office
  • Garden and DIY
  • Caravans, boats and recreational vehicles
  • Appendix B – Living Off-Grid
  • A solar electric system in conjunction with grid electricity
  • Grid Fallback and Grid Failover systems

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