One of the best ways to get power to remote, off-grid locations, whether in developed or developing countries, is through the use of solar electric systems. This practical guide describes how to plan, design and install solar electric systems in a manner that is hands-on, graphic and technically complete. Highly illustrated chapters cover:
- solar energy basics
- components of solar electric systems (modules, batteries, regulators, inverters and appliances)
- installation practice
- on planning and servicing systems
- water pumping
- village electrification.
This is the must-have guide for electric technicians and designers, development workers, and anyone who wants to install their own off-grid system.
Table of Contents
1. How To Use This Book: An Overview of Solar Electric Technology 2. Fundamentals of Solar Energy 3. Solar Cell Modules 4. Batteries 5. Charge Controllers, Inverters and Load Management 6. Lamps and Appliances 7. Wiring and Fittings 8. Planning an Off-Grid Solar Electric System 9. Installing Solar Electric Systems 10. Managing, Maintaining and Servicing Off-Grid PV Systems 11. Basics of Large Off-Grid Systems
Mark Hankins has over 20 years' experience of designing photovoltaic systems, managing projects and teaching solar electricity in Africa. He also managed a Nairobi-based renewable energy consulting company for over 10 years, and has written extensively on the subject.