Thursday, July 21, 2016
Basic Solar Electric
Here's a very basic 100 watt solar electric system.
The solar panel is a 100 watt Renology purchased through Amazon last year. This particular panel is one of the few things salvaged from the sailboat. Since it's set up to be portable I built a frame out of 2 x 4s and painted it white.
The battery is a fairly inexpensive 12 volt deep discharge from Walmart. Sitting on top of it is a cheap 10 amp charge controller, also from Amazon.
The charge controller is just clipped onto the battery. That way it's easy to switch it over to a second battery if necessary.
The plan is to mount the charge controller in a waterproof box, maybe an ammo can. Then the battery and charge controller will get secured all together in the wooden box. Not shown is a 400 watt inverter that will go with the system.
For now the whole arrangement will be providing power to my shed down the beach. If needed the whole system fits into my sailboat.
Simple and easy, yet enough power for basic needs.