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This book uniquely covers both the physics of photovoltaic (PV) cells and the design of PV systems for real-life applications. From the fundamental principles of semiconductor solar cells; through PV technology (crystalline silicon solar cells; thin-film cells; PV modules); to components, design, deployment and performance of PV systems in use. The book is an invaluable reference for researchers, industrial engineers and designers working in solar energy generation. The book is also ideal for university and third-level physics or engineering courses on solar photovoltaics, with exercises to check students’ understanding and reinforce learning. It is the perfect companion to the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Solar Energy (DelftX, ET.3034TU) presented by co-author Arno Smets. The course is available in English on the nonprofit open source edX.org platform, and in Arabic on edraak.org. Over 100,000 students have already registered for these MOOCs.
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This will get hot...as it converts sunlight to electricity
bigtricky15/03/2020 11:56

This will get hot...as it converts sunlight to electricity


How much energy will I get?
Usable home installs in the UK are still quite expensive and with the government taking away the feed in tariff, it will take decades before you can recover your investment.

Won't be made a favourable option until the last barrel of oil.... You know
I light my shed thanks to Solar. While my set up is really small (I've only a small 30w panel) the trick is to work out your energy needs backwards and then do some maths to work out your panels and batteries.

First step is buy one of these: ebay.co.uk/itm…547

This is the one I bought but I think it was cheaper and I'm sure you can source it cheaper.

Plug it into each device you want to run on Solar while also allow for a surge of electric when you switch it on. Count up all your numbers and then work out your panels and batteries.

Fridges and heating are a big killer for electric so if possible use other means (unless you want to buy a load of panels). Also panels have a peak capacity only an hour or so in winter and a few hours in the summer so you need to charge enough batteries during this time. My set up is a 30W panel but I'm getting far less than that. It trickles into a 12v leisure battery which stores enough electric to power my LED lights. I've enough juice to keep them lit for around 4 hours per week but I only need them for 10 minutes. Battery capacity also matters, don't let them go below 50% or they degrade quicker. Total cost was £30 as I already had the battery.

I'm only DIY and far from an expert but join a few Facebook or Reddit groups and you will learn loads just by reading the comments. Ideally I'd like to run a fridge and a water pump from Solar but I'd need a far more expensive set up. Fridge would be needed once a week for 12 hours and pump once a da for 10 mins.
Cheers
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