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Do It Yourself Solar Panels – DIY Solar Panels

Do It Yourself Solar Panels – DIY Solar Panels
Build Responsible is TV series – helping households and the industry to make a responsible building decisions focusing on renewable energy, green technologies, energy sustainability and accessibility. The show is hosted by Erik Listou, who is a nationally industry expert. The sun is our most available source of energy and it’s free, the sun creates an abundance of energy possibilities, so let me show you how to create electricity on your roof. Photovoltaic or PV for short use solar power technology to convert light from the sun to convert directly into electricity, the solar cells on the panels use silicon as semi conductor, electricity is produced when the silicon absorbs the sun light. Let’s take a look at some real PV Project… on top of the home PV Panels create electricity, this household have installed their solar panels just few months ago and already seeing an incredible savings.

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How to make your own solar cell This article was taken from the March issue of Wired UK magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online Solar power could be the future, but it'll be a while until panels are on every roof.

DIY Water Turbine Did you know that you can build a HYDRO TURBINE / WATER TURBINE for under $50? We will show you, step-by-step (using simple directions/diagrams, & basic tools/parts) HOW To BUILD such devices. -Save Money & the Environment - Unlike other publications, this CD has info useful to EVERYONE. -We Give You Several Different Plans/Diagrams (not just one) to build various kinds of devices all capable of capturing, storing, & utilizing WATER POWER / HYDRO ENERGY --Here is What You Get:

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.

How I built an electricity producing wind turbine 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. I found a great piece of property. easy solar starter kit My solar starter kit was a cheap little solar panel and I had a battery siting in the garage. I used a diode so the panel wouldn’t drain the battery at night. That’s what I started with. Making a simple Savonius wind turbine by Lance Turner There are many situations where you might need a small amount of electricity, for instance running gate openers, safety lights, water level indicators and other low-power devices. While solar would seem like the ideal solution, quite often this is not possible due to location and shading problems. Just such a situation arose when I decided to make our new gates automatic. There were just too many trees in the way for solar power to work, and I didn’t want to run power some 30 metres or so from the house, as it would have meant digging a trench for the cables, which is almost impossible in our rocky ground.

Heat Your Home With 240 Recycled Aluminum Cans Heat your home with 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”. via: Youtube – “Jim Meaney, owner of Cansolair Inc. displays how he converts pop cans into a powerful solar heating panel.”“…Cansolair Inc. has developed a forced convection solar heating unit called the Model RA 240 SOLAR MAX. 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 slicker yuppies (you know the kind, the ones that like to blab loudly on their cell phone while they work on some business administration degree in a cyber cafe somewhere in Trendyland.) and their light pollution, I found a great piece of remote property. The problem is, it's so remote that there is no electric service available.

DIY Solar Powered Air Cooler for $15 There are many ways to heat with solar energy, but cooling can be a little more of a challenge. Here is a way to make a cheap and simple solar powered air cooler using a foam ice chest, PVC pipe, and a fan. The fan blows air across ice in the chest, and the cooled air is blown out the PVC pipe. The block of ice used in this example lasted for about 10 hours inside the chest. (See the bottom video for making ice “off the grid”)

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