Knowing the ins and outs of how to build a solar powered generator can be a valuable skill to possess especially if/when the SHTF. I ran across this DIY instruction, from doityourself.com that I thought would benefit my readers. Check it out.
A solar powered generator can be used to run all the electrical gadgets and lights in the house. A solar powered generator is just like any other generator, but it makes use of the solar energy for power generation.
Components of a Solar Powered Generator
A solar powered generator consists of the following components:
Deep cycle batteries
These components work together to collect, use and circulate the solar energy.
How Can I Use A Solar Generator?
Solar generators can be hooked up to essential electrical circuits in your home. In the event of a power outage, the generator would take over and supply power to your home.
Most people will use the generator only on what they consider essential, such as lights, heating or cooling, and refrigeration. This helps to maintain the charge the panels have picked up.
How Does a Solar Powered Generator Work?
You need to keep the solar powered generator in a place where direct and maximum sunlight is available. The solar panels collect the energy from the sun and convert it in to DC power.
The power invert-er will convert the DC power of the solar panels into AC power. This ensures that the generator is not over charged. This solar electricity can be stored for future consumption. The DC power allows continuous operation of the solar powered generator.
However, there could be times when the power supply is disrupted due to bad weather conditions like a hurricane or tornado or even due to heavy snow fall. During inclement weather, a solar powered generator can be very useful.
Advantages of Solar Powered Generators
Solar energy is a pure form of energy, since it uses the direct rays of the sun. Therefore, it is environmental friendly. There is no pollution with a solar powered generator. By using solar powered generators you are helping in keeping the environment pollution free.
The solar power generator can be recharged every day, by simply keeping it in the sunlight.
In case of power failure, you don’t have to worry about supply of natural gas or other energy utility as you can easily use your solar powered generator. Low maintenance cost of the generator makes it an attractive option. Once installed properly it will last years with very little maintenance required.
Solar power is completely free. After you spend money on the initial installation costs, you don’t have to worry about additional costs associated. So, if you thinking of cost control, go for a solar powered generator.
Power generation is comparatively cheaper as compared to other types of generators. You can use these generators to run essential equipment in your home or office.
Disadvantages Of Solar Generators
You can recharge the solar powered generator only in presence of sunlight. When the sky is too cloudy, or in case of bad weather, when it snows for long duration’s or when a hurricane or tornado strikes, you cannot recharge your solar powered generator.
You can charge the generator only during day time.
The costliest component of solar powered generators is the solar panels. If the panels get damaged, replacing them can be expensive.
Creating your own homemade solar generator is not only an environment-friendly project to undertake, but it isn’t as expensive as buying a gasoline powered back-up
generator. In emergency situations, using gas-powered generators can be not only noisy and smelly, but dangerous as well. Plus these gas-guzzling devices not only thrive on expensive fuels, but their purchase prices can run considerably high as well. With a little know how and some select materials, you can create your own efficient solar generator to power items in your home like lights, a television, possibly a laptop computer.
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•A small 12 volt rated solar panel
•A 12 volt DC (direct current) meter
•A 12 volt AC (alternating current) invert-er
•A 12 volt deep-cycle battery
•A battery box
•Some type of sealant or tape
Step 1 – Prepare to Work
Make sure you wear insulated gloves when attempting this project in case you come in contact with any live electrical current. Also clear a large enough work space where you won’t be disturbed by other humans, pets or the elements.
Step 2 – Meter Mounted
Using the drill, mount the Direct Current meter and input to the top of a battery box.
Step 3 – Battery Attachment
Attach the DC meter to the battery terminals using the insulated wire making sure to attach the negative side first. Keep in mind never touch two or more wires at the same time.
Step 4 – Attach the DC Input
Now attach the DC input using insulated wire to the battery terminals – negative side first still not touching two or more wires together at the same time.
Step 5 – Solar Panel
Attach the 12 volt rated solar panel to the battery terminals using insulated wire. Like above, connect the negative pole first and then the positive touching only one wire at a time.
Step 6 – Seal the Lid
After closing the battery box lid, seal it shut using tape or another sealant.
Step 7 – Get Some Sun
Now place the solar panel in direct sunlight. Give the battery time to charge. If desired, mount the panel on a wall or fame of some sort that allows for direct sunlight since the charging process could take several hours to complete.
Step 8 – AV Converter
Now connect the Alternating Volt invert-er to the entire system. The invert-er allows you to use everyday household items like radios and lamps with your newly created solar generator.
The generator was constructed with purchased materials that cost under $300. Although but a few devices may run off this generator, the relatively low cost makes it possible to construct a couple of generators to power additional devices.
As research continues into adapting solar energy for everyday use, more backyard tinkerers are developing their own solar panels made from available materials that help to greatly reduce the cost for producing solar energy generated electricity to power daily life.