Passive Solar Heating Basics. Posted Categories: Construction Methods The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment.
You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all time – building better shelters to keep us warmer, cooler, and drier. Many of the native building techniques employed centuries ago are still reliable in similar climates today, and used as optimal models for environmentally conscious architects. That said, since global acceptance of the air conditioner in the 1950s, the benefits of responding to a unique climate have been left by the roadside. The principles of passive solar heating, such as basic types of systems, their description, and the components making up any passive system are presented in this course. FreeBook Download Page.
Installing your own small, remote off-grid solar system by Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM. The Wood 103. This page is all about a rather silly, quick project where in about 1 day I built a small wind generator using the following items, and nothing else.... (1) Wood (2) Copper wire (3) Surplus Neodymium magnets (4) Dirt (5) 10" piece of 3/8" steel shaft (6) Two bolts, but these are optional. ...and that's all, unless we count glue, and linseed oil which I used for finishing.
Pictured above is one of the magnets I used. Above you can see the armature for the alternator. Pictured above you see the wooden pillow block bearings. The stator, on which the coils are wound was cut from two pieces of 2" X 4" lumber. I dragged a magnet around in the dirt of my driveway, so that it would attract the magnetite sand. The dirt was mixed with epoxy, so that I had a thick paste. The completed alternator! To stay with the "style" of the project I decided to build the whole windmill out of wood, it's a fairly simple design and should be self explanatory. The prop is wooden, made from 1" X 4" lumber. Solar Slab. Using large super-insulated water tanks to inter-seasonally store solar hot water is popularly known as the Sonnenhaus concept in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
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The water tanks vary in size from 40,000 litres for a standard house to up to 200,000 litres for apartment buildings and usually cost between £1.50-£2.00/litre. Sonnenhause owners boast heating bills 50% lower than the occupants of Passive Houses. The Solar panels and Water tank can be a costly addition to the construction budget and they can take up quite a bit of room. In order to explore this concept a super-insulated 10,000L Hydro Thermal Energy Store (below) was connected to 24m2 of Solar tubes in Cork in 2008, this reduced the clients heating/hot water bill by 65%. 24m2 of drain-back solar thermal tubes heat the water in the tank which reaches over 90 degrees most summers.
A 12V PV powered pump fills the drain-back solar tubes with water when the sun shines, so there is no need to use antifreeze. Tesla's Big Mistake? While experimenting with a long, thin 'secondary' coil from a Tesla Coil, I suddenly connected up several things in my mind which had been separate up to that moment.
After years of messing with Tesla Coils, I finally see what Tesla was up to with single wire transmission, with resonant coils, and with longitudinal waves. See if the following doesn't make sense. If we wrap a single-layer coil of wire upon a very long plastic tube, we have a Tesla resonator as in Fig 1 above. In essence, this is an an electrical transmission line. We can inject AC into one end using a little primary coil wrapped around. Now we put a metal sphere on either end to prevent corona from spewing out of the dangling wire tips, and we've built a simple electrical power system. This is the infamous single wire transmission line. In conventional cables there are two conductors, and the voltage between them forms the "E" part of the EM wave.
Interesting? HOWEVER, this is not unique. How does this relate to Tesla? Renewable Energy & Efficiency Technologies. 99mpg. Our Simple DIY Home Solar Power System. Sue Robishaw and Steve Schmeck, Unique Artwork and Homesteading Notes from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Off-Grid Power. Off Grid System This section is dedicated to off-grid power as well as back up power systems. Articles: Reference Material for DIY Solar Projects. Solar Research Home Page. Solar Energy. How I built an electricity producing Solar Panel.
Several years ago I bought some remote property in Arizona.
I am an astronomer and wanted a place to practice my hobby far away from the sky-wrecking light pollution found near cities of any real size. In my attempt to escape city light pollution, I found a great piece of remote property. The problem is, it's so remote that there is no electric service available. That's not really a problem. No electricity equals no light pollution. Make a Simple Solar Air Heater - Solar. Heat a room or outhouse with a solar heater made from recycled aluminium cans solar | heating Using the sun to heat water is a very cost effective way to save energy. Typically payback on even the most expensive systems is under ten years, with DIY Solar Water Heaters paying for themselves in just a few months.
Similar techniques can be used to make a Solar Space Heater - a device which warms the air inside a room or building. Solar Garage Heater. 40W Polycrystalline Solar Power Panel - GreenergyStar Grid Tie Inverter, Grid Power III 600W, For Solar & Wind Hybrid Systems. Solar Panel Specification: Solar panel generates free energy for many general household appliance.
These solar panels also specially designed for use in sailing boats, green houses, cars, radios, recreational vehicles, portable televisions, warning lights, flash lights, garden lights, house light, garage lights and ventilators for rooms and cars. One Per Cent: Grid-scale battery could keep going and going... Hal Hodson, technology reporter We need a big battery for when the sun doesn't shine (Top Photo Corporation/Rex Features) A new battery technology may pave the way for cheap, long-lived power storage that can quickly pump electricity into the grid to compensate for fluctuating renewables like wind and solar.
Developed by Yi Cui and colleagues at Stanford University in California, the battery's key advantage is its electrodes, which can run for a thousand charge cycles without degrading. Sustainable design, zero energy passive solar green home HTM high thermal mass holistic housing consultation packages for the earthhome do-it-yourselfer. With over 20 years of experience, we are the original zero-energy green home building company!
Sustainable design, zero-energy, passive solar homes are free from mechanical climate control systems for truly independent living. Our website is packed with loads of valuable free information, so please take the time to read all of this passive solar chapter and all of the many detail pages. Atlantic Canada Solar Directory. Power Strength & Energy Solutions Ltd is a renewable energy company utilizing the latest technologies to bring about the most efficient use of the sun's energy for residential and commercial applications.
These applications include solar thermal for domestic hot water and space heating, wood stoves/boilers, wood chip boilers, pellet stoves/boilers, photovoltaic for electrical energy generation and LED lighting. We combine solar thermal collectors and wood boilers/wood gasification boilers which is a great marriage. Our principals have over 30 years experience in the fields of renewable energy. Solar Water Heating Projects and Plans. Solar water heating systems have a good economic payoff, and are manageable systems to install or build as a DIY project.
Some of the solar water heating designs are very simple and low cost. You can save as much as $7000 by building your own system. There are just over one hundred projects with full construction details listed below -- all free. The projects range from simple batch heaters for warm climates through closed loop and drain back systems that will work in any climate. One of the systems is our own $1,000 solar water heating system that has provided a solar fraction in excess of 90% through our cold Montana winter. My thanks to the people who have built systems, and then taken the time to send in pictures and descriptions for others to use.
Prices drop - GreenergyStar Grid Tie Inverter, Grid Power III 600W, For Solar & Wind Hybrid Systems. Bradford Research and Extension Center: Building a Passive Solar Greenhouse. DIY Solar Projects Part 1: Build a Solar Heater Using Recycled Cans. A few months ago we did an article about Cansolair Inc’s brilliant solar home heating solution that uses recycled aluminum cans in a forced convection solar heating unit.
These units work by pulling cool air from a room, passing it through a panel of aluminum cans that are heated by the sun, and blowing the heated air back into the room. Just about anyone can make one of these heaters, and they can be constructed from mostly recycled materials. This is a fairly simple project for DIY’ers that can be used to heat a home, a greenhouse, a camper, a garage, a cabin, or just about anything else you can think of. Once the unit is built, all you need is an outside wall for it to sit against that will get plenty of sun. As long as the sun is shining, you will have free heat with little to no maintenance costs. Turning soda cans into solar heating panels. Brilliant Newfoundlander Invents the Solution! DIY Passive Solar Water Heater- Vol. 2. DIY Solar Projects Part 2: Simple All-In-One Solar Water & Space Heater.
One of the biggest challenges people face when looking to incorporate solar systems into their homes is the cost. The systems themselves, although (slowly) becoming more affordable, are expensive when purchased commercially and the installation costs can be even more so. Before You Go Solar – READ THIS. DIY Solar Water Heater For About $30 In PVC Supplies And Paint. Did you know that 70% of your home energy cost are on water heating? In response to this, a Brazilian Eco Designer developed a low cost and intelligent method of reducing energy costs and preserving the environment reusing waste.
He created a simple passive solar water heating using PET bottles and and some PVC pipe. According to his calculations this is an extremely low cost and safe project that you can do yourself at home. This project has become popular on the web and has been adapted to homes and even schools. The State of Panama in Brazil created a Do It Yourself downloadable PDF manual (in Portuguese) that many consumers have followed and built. Build a Simple Solar Heater. After walking into my workshop one December morning and feeling a bone-chilling 10 degrees, I decided to install a heating system.
Given the rising costs of propane and my family’s environmental concerns about using nonrenewable fossil fuels, a solar solution seemed fitting. I’m a retired aircraft engineer, but you don’t need a similar background to tackle this project. In fact, a solar hot-air collector built into new construction or added to an existing building can be an easy and inexpensive heating solution. Following the simple principles and plan outlined here, you can heat your workshop, barn or even your home with free heat from the sun. If it works here in Bozeman, Mont., it’s bound to work wherever you are.
I reviewed many solar collector concepts and decided to install a thermosiphon air collector on the south wall of the workshop. To minimize costs, I integrated the collector with the structure and used readily available materials.