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Solar Space Heating - Active & Passive Solar Projects. The Zen of Passive Solar Heating Panel Design. The Zen of Passive Solar Heating Panel DesignMorris R.

The Zen of Passive Solar Heating Panel Design

Dovey Dedicated to the memory of Rob Sekeris, who encouraged and helped me to find the principles and words shared here. Copyright © 2010 Morris R. Dovey – All rights reserved. Contents. Passive Design For Daylight In A Home. Daylight should be used as much as possible to light a home, both for energy efficiency and for the health and comfort of occupants.

Passive Design For Daylight In A Home

On this page: sources of daylightincreasing daylight penetrationimproving interior lighting levels. Ensure that daylight can penetrate fully into the building. Design requirements for daylighting must be balanced with the client’s requirements for views and privacy. Daylighting must also be considered alongside building location, orientation and layout, in order to control solar access for passive heating and cooling. No Electricity Recycled Bottle Light. Alfredo Moser's invention is lighting up the world.

No Electricity Recycled Bottle Light

In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had a light-bulb moment and came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity - using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach. In the last two years his innovation has spread throughout the world. It is expected to be in one million homes by early next year. So how does it work? Simple refraction of sunlight, explains Moser, as he fills an empty two-litre plastic bottle. Solar Cookers That You Can Afford. I just LOVE my solar cookers.

Solar Cookers That You Can Afford

Let me tell you why I like solar ovens: The sun is FREE fuel. It doesn’t heat up my house in the summer. I actually own a very inexpensive version and a deluxe model. In the past two years, I usually use the inexpensive solar cookit because it's: How To Make Your Own Solar Oven. For example: a.

How To Make Your Own Solar Oven

Get a large glass cooking pot. b.

Solar Water Heating

DIY Solar Food Dehydrators, Dryers. Build A Solar Heating Panel With Soda Cans. If you’ve got good sun exposure on one side of your house, you can take advantage of free heat from the sun with this DIY solar heating panel, which uses old soda cans to collect and transfer the sun’s energy into your house.

Build A Solar Heating Panel With Soda Cans

Sometimes, low-tech solar devices are much better than high-tech ones for home use, as they not only tend to be cheaper to make, but will also last much longer before any repairs or maintenance are necessary. And even better, they can be built in part from repurposed or recycled components, which is something you don’t see very often in new solar devices. This solar space heater design uses old soda cans to increase the surface area for heat transfer inside of it, and in its most basic design, uses no external power to move the air.

Double-glazed glass or polycarbonate panels make up the front of the device, allowing the sun’s rays to enter it while restricting heat loss to the outside air, and the box is also insulated for more efficiency. Source: Blackle Mag Related: DIY Solar Heater Made Of Cans For Home Heating. At the end, the solar absorber is painted black and placed in the diy solar panels casing.

DIY Solar Heater Made Of Cans For Home Heating

The casing is covered with plexiglass that we attach to the frame and thoroughly corked with silicone. Polycarbonate / plexiglass is slightly convex in order to gain greater strength. Heat Your Home With 240 Recycled Aluminum Cans. Heat your home with recycled aluminum cans.

Heat Your Home With 240 Recycled Aluminum Cans

It’s a simple idea, and one that many will look at and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” This 240 can unit reportedly heats up to 10,000 BTUs or more according to the company and is “Maintenance free”. 7 DIY Pop Can Solar Heaters. There are hundreds of different DIY passive solar air collector plans floating around, but I’m focusing on a few that incorporate recycled aluminum pop, beer or juice cans as the "solar absorber".

7 DIY Pop Can Solar Heaters

These DIY pop can solar panels are inspired by Cansolair – a commercially-produced product invented by a man from Newfoundland, Canada. The Cansolair panels are well-engineered, and use materials with the most efficient thermal performance – as the hefty ($2749.00) price would suggest. What’s Passive Solar Heating? Passive solar air heating is considered the most cost-effective renewable energy – utilizing the energy from the sun by capturing it with an absorbing medium. DIY Solar Air Heater From Old Downspouts And Scraps. Image Credit: Regulator We all know you can make these from pop or beer cans but did you know to get more air flow and thus better heating you can use downspouts?

DIY Solar Air Heater From Old Downspouts And Scraps

I found this picture heavy article on how to make one and man, I need to get on this, I think this winter is going to be cold here in Nebraska, so I might as well save some $$ on my heating bills. Solar Room Heater. Do you have some south facing windows? (North facing if you are in the Southern Hemisphere), If so you might want to consider some free solar heat. Don't expect this to eliminate all heating costs but it will reduce your expenses. The more windows you can place one of these solar heaters in the more you will see a reduction in your heating costs. The main components of this solar heater design are sheets of heavy-duty foam insulation, one or more sheets of window glass, a tube of "RTV" (bathtub sealant), a box or two of aluminum foil, and a roll of duct tape.

Exact sizes and angles to cut will vary, depending on the height of your window from the ground, it's width, and the winter sun angle at your latitude. How To Build DIY Solar Panels Out of Pop-Cans. How To Build A Soda Can Heater. Soda Can Solar Space heater This is a basic "how to" on creating your own soda can space heater. Several videos can be found on the net, but none of them really provide a step by step guide. I put this entire unit together with about 10 total hours of actual labor. If you have a source of cans, lumber, and a old double paned window (preferably), you can assembly one of these yourself.

Required Materials • 1 window, 46.5 " L x 23 " W (recycled/freecycle, double paned) o The selection of the window will dictate the number of cans required for the array Required Tools • Screw Gun • Tin Snips • Brad Nail Gun • 2 and 5/8 inch hole bore drill bit. • Hand saw or Circular saw • Jig Saw • Clamps • Square • Tape measure • Pencil. Air Can Heater version 2. Soda Can Solar Heater, v2, Completed. I’ve had plenty of people asking me lately what’s going on with Project HMX, and unfortunately, progress on it has stalled for a number of reasons. Chief among them are the other projects that have taken time away or quite literally blocked me from getting to the HMX. Over the weekend, I got one of those projects out of the way. Ever since I built my first soda can solar heater three years ago, I’ve received plenty of input on how to improve the design for better heat output.

For that reason, I never hooked up the first one – in fact, I gave it away to a friend – and set about building a bigger, better version, suffering through three cold winters in the garage. I started out by looking for a sliding glass door, which I found locally for free, then took all my measurements from that. Recall that the first version pushed out a paltry 15 degree temperature differential. Solar Cooking Archive. Solar Greenhouse Building. Our BatchGeo world MAP shows the locations of green building and renewable energy projects featured on Solaripedia. ALMOST ANY STRUCTURE that is built to look like a solar greenhouse will work.

That is to say, the solar greenhouse concept is so right that you can ignore (or not know) the fine points of solar design and still build a house with much less need for supplemental heat than a traditional greenhouse. But once you understand a few basic solar-greenhouse design ideas, you can easily put together a greenhouse that truly lives up to the label solar, and provides remarkable efficiency. ©1978 Organic Farming and Gardening Dave MacKinnon, Ph.D., ORGANIC GARDENING greenhouse designer, has put it all together after three years of experimenting and has created a design formula that gardeners in any climate can follow.

The best measure of a solar green house is the plant-growing environment it creates. In spring and fall the harvests are bigger. Solar Energy Projects For DIYers: Hoqw To Evaluate Your Site For Solar Energy. Search The Renewable Energy site for Do-It-Yourselfers Path of Sun Across the Sky Note: If you never liked "Science Time", you may want to skip the next few paragraphs, and go right to "Obstacle Survey". The path of the sun across the sky changes with the time of year. This is why its important to do this obstacle survey, and not just stick your head out the window and see what the sun is shining on today. At the two equinoxes, the sun rises due east and sets due west. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year and occurs on Dec 21 in the northern hemisphere.