Saturday, July 22, 2006

More about the solar energy business

Well it has been a very busy week. We finished up building the new kit for converting diesel engines to burn various vegetable oils etc., and put our new electric scooter into the final testing phase.
I had a call from a gentleman in the Mid West who has has a problem with storm damage on his solar electric system on a remote island in the Carribbean. So, we made him a set of drawings showing him how to rewire the system, and get it back in service. Speaking of service, he was never our customer, but we are helping him anyway. Now he will be our customer in the future! I have experienced this many times before. I always say that you get exactly out of life as much as you put into it. The same rule applies in business! Now this got me to thinking that we should post these diagrams on our web site. That way everyone can refer to them and it will help them solve their problems with solar electric systems.
The solar electric business is really not that complicated. I have it divided into two categories, water pumping and home power supplies for lighting and all the other good home electrical appliances. You can easily teach yourself this business and then all you really need is a good supplier. My rule, by the way, since I got older and wiser, is never try to build what you can buy already manufactured for a reasonable price. That will leave you more time to sell products and make money. If you want to pursue this business further there are thousands of articles on that you can read and become a self taught expert.
The top drawing depicts a series-parralell 12 volt solar module hook up. You may add as many modules as you can afford. The voltage will always be 12 t0 16 volts from the modules, but with the addition of each 12 volt module the charging amperage will increase. Make sure that your voltage regulator will handle the amperage output of the combined solar modules.
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