Solar Energy Solution - Installing A Solar Panel Aboard Your Boatby John Peter Discussion Point
After a recent five-day trip on our fishing boat, where we often had to start a generator that supplies power to our 115V AC freezer to maintain the temperature, I began to consider options. We spend more than ninety hours at the birth of the ship; Time for another oil change! After a while, I put in an inverter, which significantly improved the generator's operating time, but there is still work to be done. However, to operate the inverter, I needed to fully charge the battery. Then it happened to me, why not find Solar Energy for use on our yacht. Solar Energy has been used successfully since the mid-1950s and were originally used to search for settlements. Its cost has been declining since about 2004, when its popularity really increased. And now, with green pressure, Solar Energy are as acceptable as ever. So I started going into it and saw how to buy and install it; I was surprised. You can find many online retailers that will sell you Solar Energy, but nowhere can I find a detailed description of how to decide how to buy it and how to install it; Very little on the ferry. So this piece was written as I went through the progress; So this is really an article that learns.
What exactly are Solar Energy and how do they work?
A Solar Energy is basically any panel that uses solar thermal energy to generate electricity. Solar Energy can be described as photovoltaic panels used in business for panels that generate electricity from solar emissions. Despite the limitation of Solar Energy discussed, almost all Solar Energy are flat. The reason for this is that the surface of the panel must reach the best angle of solar absorption at an angle of 90 ° from sunlight. Solar Energy are able to absorb energy from the sun using a series of solar cells on its roof. Just as a plant can take energy from the sun for photosynthesis, it works in a similar way. When sunlight touches the Solar Energy on the PV panel, energy is transferred to the silicon semiconductor. The energy is converted into electrical energy with direct current (DC) and then discharged through the lead wires to eventually reach the battery.
Types of Solar Energy
The most common types of plates used in sailing applications are either polycrystalline or amorphous thin film cells. Polycrystalline panels are the oldest technology obtained, as well as the most powerful. The right size and in combination with suitable batteries are the panels used to cool large loads.
Amorphous thin-film Solar Energy are only 50% more efficient than multi-crystal panels, but they can be purchased in flexible varieties that can roll or bend, or change to boat or bimini cabin sizes. They often don't provide enough power to recharge them, but they can be used to charge a lightweight battery bank.
How much energy can a solar cell produce?
Usually we measure Solar Energy by power, and this is how we buy them. You can get Solar Energy for boats ranging in size from 10 watts to 200 watts. But it's easy to see when watts need to be converted to electricity. We calculate these values by multiplying the power of the panel by the total number of hours the panel is off (usually in Florida, this is called 5 hours per day). The output of a 195 watt Solar Energy would be 195 x 5 hours = 975 watts / day. Then we can determine that 975 watts / 12 volts = 81.25 amps per day.
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