This blog is about renewable energy, therefore we want to share an economical and practical way to use solar energy on a daily basis. The following describes a small working system to charge your mobile telephones, your USB devices and even light up bulbs.
Description: A solar panel goes connected to the Solar Charge Controller, the controller then need to be connected to a battery. It is very easy to find cheap and safe type of batteries online or in the local high street shops.
Some of the Solar Charge Controllers have already USB ports, you can use those to charge your telephones or devices directly. However, if you want to be more practical, We would suggest to buy a battery pack as the one listed below.
This would allow you to store the energy generated during the day and then use it whenever and wherever you want.
High Output For 3 Charging Devices: 3 USB ports for a total current output of 5.8A (2.4A max per port). Charge two iPads and one iPhone 6s at once at their optimal charging speed with the iSmart 2.0 technology.
Weeklong 22000mAh: Charge your iPhone 6s up to 9 times or an iPad Mini more than 3 times with a massive 22000mAh capacity. Save up to 60% of charging time thanks to its 5V / 2.4A input.
Power Efficient Battery: Invest in a high-density Li-polymer battery that retains 70-80% of its capacity after 500 charge cycles. It’s the daily choice of Microsoft, Lenovo, Huawei, and Motorola.
New & Improved iSmart 2.0: The new and improved iSmart 2.0 adjusts current and voltage to minimize charging time. Whereas, Panasonic Smart IC frequency technology provides a safer and higher current conversion.
Excellent Quality In & Out: On the outside, a UL94 V-0 fire-resistant shell used by Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and others for their luxury cars. On the inside, the same battery and the same quality control as the iPhone. What’s In The Box: RAVPower Ace Series 22000mAh External Battery Pack, Micro-USB Charging Cables (X2), Carry Pouch, User Guide and LIFETIME Warranty Card
Renewable energy are not any more just future but something to plan in advance for a better distribution and usage.
Let’s study the different options the governments can choose.
PRO: A series of government/private sites where to store a large amount of energy should mean a simple monthly cost for the citizens instead than a big investment for the single family/user, the use of the existing distribution infrastructure, more jobs for big/medium companies.
CONS: The citizens must relay in Government or Private electricity providers (as it is now). Large storage areas will be needed. Issues in case of catastrophic events or technical faults (a large amount of population would be left without electricity).
PRO: The choice of local energy storage sites should increase the effectiveness of the distribution respect the National option. It would keep the simple monthly cost for the citizens instead than a big investment for the single family/user, the use of the existing distribution infrastructure, more jobs for big/medium companies.
CONS: The citizens must relay in Government or Private electricity providers (as it is now). Large/Medium storage areas will be needed. Issues in case of catastrophic events or technical faults (a variable amount of population would be left without electricity).
PRO: The domestic storage it is possible and it is convenient for single or bi-familiar houses. Small amount of batteries should be enough for each house depending on the daily electricity usage (usually 1Kh per day). The citizens would free from energy providers contracts. The current distribution and maintenance could be partially dismissed, saving money for the Government and/or private companies. More jobs for medium/small companies (installer, electricians, renewable energy devices sellers/manufacturers, etc.). Less issues in case of catastrophic events or technical faults (most of the domestic storage should last enough to be able to repair any occurred damages or faults). All the electric vehicles or appliance would be able to charge the batteries at zero costs.
CONS: A one off big investment should be afforded by citizens themselves (with variable Government contribution/help). Not all the buildings type could generate enough electricity through renewable energy to support the daily usage (condo/apartment/office buildings for example). The Governments and/or big private providers will have a lost in revenues, this could lead in jobs loss.
2000 MG MGF
The first and currently the only (unless you know differently!)
MGF conversion to an all-electric vehicle. Designed to be fun
and fast and bring back my open-top motoring days.
Siemens 3-Phase AC
As used in Ford Ranger and available on ebay (for a
Original MGF, clutch removed, set in 3rd gear normally.
Full functioning Siemens inverter/controller.
90 Thunder Sky LiFePo 60A/H, 3.20 Volt, Lithium-Ion
Charger size to charge overnight into standard UK 13A
socket, using night-time off-peak electricity rates.
Ceramic elements added to heater unit. Provides very modest warm air. Electrically heated seats.
Siemens Simovert This is integral with the controller
Standard MGF. Rev counter accepts output from Simovert
and has simulator for low/zero revs to maintain electric
power steering system. Speedo is standard. Standard fuel
gauge modified with gizmo to indicate energy
remaining. Battery status gauge also to be added. Temp
gauge still on water cooling but biased to read correctly.
80 MPH (128 KPH)
Designed for 80MPH, and does this easily, feels like it could
go faster, will test one day when the police are not around!
Rough tests give approx 0-60 in 11-seconds in fixed 3rd
80 Miles (128 Kilometers)
Designed for 80 miles but too early to say. Have done 55
miles range so far with no signs of flagging
To be determined.
84,000 Miles (135,156 Kilometers)
84,640 Miles (136,185 Kilometers)
640 Miles (1,029 Kilometers)
As of 6/22/2010
To be measured in due course, suspect around 10% heavier
than standard car. Rides correctly on suspension and is well balanced.
18-months but this included a complete renovation of the
MG – can’t see the point of an expensive conversion on a
crap, rusty or dirty car.
ROI estimated at 5/6 years.
Electric power steering
Electric vacuum pump for brakes
Electric water pump for motor and controller through heater matrix.
Fuel gauge conversion
A lovely drive. Smooth and quick with plenty of overtaking power particularly in the 20-
60 mph range. Nicely balanced with the Hydragas suspension system allowing it to be
pumped to the correct ride height.Passed UK MOT no problem, the only extra thing they checked was stopping power
using an accelerometer – I think the guy just wanted to go out in it really!For DVLA, 2-stage process. Inspection by DVLA man, he comes out, then you get a new
log book. 2nd part is go to DVLA office with log book, MOT, insurance and you get the
free tax disc. Don’t phone Swansea if you can help it, you’ll go round their phone system
We are based in London, United Kingdom, and when we chat about solar energy with people outside the renewable energy business, the first sentence that comes out is: “There is not enough sun in UK to use solar panels”.
The amount of daily sun in UK is truly less than south Europe or other countries around the world. However in UK rains a lot. This can help the renewable energy production too. In fact in the Ocean University of China and Yunnan Normal University in China, a team of scientists have developed solar panels that generate energy through the raindrops.
Thanks to a layer of of graphene, which interacts with the positively charged ions found in rain drops. The revolutionary technology was developed by coating solar panels with a thin layer (as thin as an atom) of electron-rich graphene.“It conducts electricity and is rich in electrons that can move freely across the entire layer. In aqueous solution, graphene can bind positively charged ions” the scientists reported in the German review Angewandte Chemie. This process is also known as Lewid acid-base interaction.
This important technology new design has anyway a few downsides. The conversion rate of raindrops and light into energy is about 6.53% at best, way below the 15% of currently solar panels and the 22% of photovoltaic cells tested in laboratories. Another thing to point out it is the extremely high cost to manufacture graphene.
Taking in count the performances this new invention could be applied to many different solar cell future products and the researchers believe it “can guide the design of advanced all-weather solar cells.” We must remember as well that having a 6.53% of generated energy during a raining day is more than the normal solar panels generate in this condition, especially in certain humid regions such as United Kingdom.
Scientists and OwnsEnergy.com believe this is another promising step in solving the energy crisis.
It was already 2015 when two German States, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Holstein, generated more green energy than households and businesses in each state consumed.
In rural areas, countryside, the renewable energy production is easier to develop and maintain than in city areas, and population density, hence power consumption, is lower. Germany has 16 states, three of which are city-states. This is why it’s natural for those two German rural states to be able to reach such a good result in green energy production before other states.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (which borders the Baltic and Poland) had already reached 120 percent renewable electricity in 2014. This state exports electricity to its neighbors. However, because the uncertainty in specific seasons of the year, lower solar energy production in particular, the State Government tries to limit the electricity sharing at the minimum. In 2015, the state increased its net share of renewables in power supply to 130 percent (report in German). Onshore wind made up roughly 2.6 TWh of the total of 4.9 TWh, followed by power from biomass at 2.3 GWh, PV at 1.2 TWh, and 0.6 TWh of offshore wind.
The story about the Schleswig-Holstein state is very similar and fascinating. It is located along the North Sea and bordering Denmark, this state had about 78 percent of renewable energy in 2014 – but it apparently reached 100 percent net in 2015 (report in German). If heat and mobility are included, however, the share drops to 24 percent – much lower, but still considerably above the German average of 14 percent. Biomass made up 46 percent of this energy, followed by 44 percent wind power and 10 percent other. The state has an ambitious target of 300 percent of electricity production trough renewable energy.
Those two states could be matched by the Mediterranean European countries if just their Governments would be sharp enough to invest in green power.
It is difficult to find the common news or newspaper or TGs talking about how much the solar energy has grown in the last few years. This is why this blog wants to inform and produce news about the latest technologies and facts related to renewable energies and their applications, such as electric cars.
It is a common thought that solar power is reduced to few hours per day and then it would not be able to maintain a country or a city or even a house. In reality, countries such as Chile and companies such as Apple have started to give away the over production of solar energy. Thanks to the reduction of the costs for KW per solar panel and the new technologies, batteries and infrastructures, the production of energy does not go wasted and it has increased all over the world.
For example, there are new solar power panels that can also generate energy from rainfall have been created, this technology will allow less sunny countries to benefit all year around of renewable energy. The common solar panels generate the most energy on clear, sunny days, and produce 10 to 25 per cent less electricity on cloudy ones. Thanks to the Chinese research and development the all-weather panels work in both weather scenarios.
Nowadays the cost for solar cells can be low as 8 cents for KWh.
There are always doubts about new technologies and renewable energies but SAULE Tech is looking to a brighter future with convenient and flexible manufacturing using accessible and cheap materials to realize their projects.
The future is today, look forward and apply the new technologies to your daily life.
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