Recommended Solar Books
Solar Labs – Complete Series #1
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Solar Cell Book
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This lab will simulate how the solar PV panel is affected by varying amounts of cloud cover using sheets of construction paper to simulate cloud thickness. You will be looking to see if there is a mathematical relationship between cloud thickness and voltage output of the PV panel. While the voltage produced is not the true measure of voltage in this situation, it will show the relationship we are looking for. Learn More$9.99
This lab serves a double purpose in examining the inverse square law for light intensity and comparing the heating rates of an evacuated tube solar collector used in solar heating devices. This tube is constructed with two layers of borosilicate glass and an insulating vacuum layer in between. We will be looking to discover if our light intensity sensor produces an inverse square relationship with distance, and to see if there is an inverse square relationship between light intensity and heating rate. Learn More$9.99
Much is made of the amount of energy lost by fixed PV systems because they don’t work with the optimal angle of the sun. In this lab we will investigate how changing the angle of your panel varies the amount of current produced by the panel, and how that would relate to a typical energy bill. You will need to perform this lab at a time when sky cover is very consistent. It is preferable to have sunny skies, but a uniform cloud cover will work. Learn More$9.99
Each solar PV panel produced has certain specifications related to its power output and current flow. Your solar PV panel is rated at 2.4 Watts of power at 200 milliamperes (.200 amperes) of current. In this lab you will measure the current flow of this panel over a 20 minute period. You will also calculate its power output and energy production over time. You will eventually calculate how large of a PV array (PV panels wired together in series) you would need to completely supply your energy needs for a typical residence. Learn More$9.99
This lab follows closely the procedures done in a standard earth science lab on heating and cooling rates. We will be replacing the standard cups with an evacuated tube collector used in solar water heating units. This tube is constructed with two layers of borosilicate glass and an insulating vacuum layer in between. We will be looking to discover any major differences in how the water heats and cools in the tube compared to what you remember from the standard cups. Learn More$9.99
This lab follows closely the procedures done in a standard “angle of insolation” earth science lab. We will be using the sun for our measurements and will need a window that is exposed to direct sunlight. This lab will run for several hours so it is important to pick a day when sunshine will be in abundance. The tubes will remain fixed and at very different angles. We will be looking to discover any major differences in how the water heats in each of the tubes over that several hour time frame. Learn More$9.99
In 2005 renewable energy made up 7% of the United States energy supply according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). This segment was comprised mostly of biomass (50%) and hydroelectric (41%) with solar, wind and geothermal making up the remainder. Silicon solar provides books discussing how to incorporate these systems into personal homes.
Experimenting with Solar:
Scrap solar cells that were damaged or broken but still perform at specified efficiencies can be used as a cheap way to further learn about solar cells, solar systems and how they function as individual components and a whole.
Alternative Energy and design Books:
There are many ways that anyone can conserve energy and these books can help you discover ways you might not have thought of. Included in this subcategory are: “Fuel from Water” by Michael Peavey (a guide to hydrogen fuel technology which even contains diagrams), “Biodiesel” by Greg Pahl, “Natural Home Heating” by Greg Pahl, “The Natural House” by Daniel D. Chiras, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Solar Power for your Home” by Dan Ramsey with David Hughes, and “The Solar House” by Daniel D. Chiras.
Solar Energy Books:
This selection of books related to Solar Energy are great sources for information on everything from the Solar Product market, to what you should know before you go solar, to how to go about building a solar home. Titles you will find in this subcategory include: “The Solar Electric House” by Steven J. Strong with William G. Scheller, “The Citizen Powered Energy Handbook” by Greg Pahl, “Going Solar” by Tomm Stanley, “Practical Photovoltaics” by Richard Komp PhD, “The Sun-Inspired House” by Debra Rucker Coleman, and more.
Wind Energy Books:
If you are in search of information about Wind Energy, our selection of Wind Energy Books is a great source. In this Subcategory you will find the latest information wind energy systems and learn about breakthroughs in wind power versatility, efficiency and economy. Some specific titles to be found within this subcategory include: “Wind Power” by Paul Gipe, and “Wind Energy Basics” by Paul Gipe.