This volume focuses on the intersection of energy and transportation across the broad Atlantic world against the backdrop of the Paris Climate Agreement and the international policy imperative to decarbonize the transportation sector. Authors analyze current dynamics and future trends affecting the energy and transportation nexus across each of the four Atlantic continents, as well as in the maritime realm of the Atlantic Ocean. They offer recommendations for both region-specific action and transnational, “pan-Atlantic” cooperation in energy, transportation, and broader maritime affairs. This book is the first in a series undertaken by the Jean Monnet Network on Atlantic Studies, a consortium of 10 research institutes and universities from the four continents of the Atlantic Basin, which is exploring the emerging and interlocking dynamics of energy and transportation, economy and trade, and Energy & Transportation in the Atlantic Basin human security in the wider Atlantic region. The Network is supported by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union. Authors include: Eloy �lvarez Pelegry, Jordi Bacaria, Joao Fonseca Ribeiro, Roger Gorham, Paul Isbell, R. Andreas Kraemer, Macarena Larrea Bastera, Michael Leitman, Martin Lowery, Jaime Men�ndez S�nchez, Rebecca O’Connor, Natalia Soler-Huici, and Lisa Viscidi
Inside the subculture of off-grid living Written by a leading authority on living off the grid, this is a fascinating and timely look at one of the fastest growing movements in America. In researching the stories that would become Off the Grid, Nick Rosen traveled from one end of the United States to the other, spending time with all kinds of individuals and families striving to live their lives the way they want to-free from dependence on municipal power and amenities, and free from the inherent dependence on the government and its far-reaching arms. While the people profiled may not have a lot in common in terms of their daily lives or their personal background, what they do share is an understanding of how unique their lives are, and how much effort and determination is required to maintain the lifestyle in the face of modern America’s push toward connectivity and development.
We have been asked to make portable solar generators reviews on our website, so today that is exactly what we got in store for you. This one will be interesting, so stick with us till the end! Ok, let´s go!
Product name: Portable Solar Generator with (2) Foldable 130 Watt Solar Panel
Cheapest Place to buy: amazon.com
Power/Voltage: 1.5kW – 120V AC
Capacity: 640 Watt Hours
Our rating: 9/10
Portable Solar Generators Reviews – The first!
The Humless portable product makes it easy to bring power anywhere you need it. These energy storage systems are designed to be lightweight, durable and easy to carry. Wherever you need power, be sure to use this solution from Humless. Power your outdoor patio, and keep the campsite lit, power a refrigerator for that long road trip you’ve always wanted to take. The possibilities are endless because it is a very fast and effective solution for off-grid use. See the review below for humless generator.
The system is designed for ease of use. Plug in your solar panels to the Humelss system and its ready to start charging. Direct the panels toward the sun and let them do the work. When the batteries are full the system will stop charging.
Durability and reliability are the top priority of this solar power generator system. The product line with a durable metal shell that protects the inner components. it is also designed and build in humless own circuit boards, battery management systems and inverters. For this reason quality of the product is assured at a fair price.
- ECO-FRIENDLY ENERGY STORAGE – Renewable energy is the way of the future. The product does not produce any gas by-product and emissions
- ADVANCED LITHIUM TECHNOLOGY – The generator uses the most reliable lithium technology for portable and home battery systems
- EASY & SAFE TO USE -The product is designed to use as easy as plug and play system with all the parts and ports named and labelled.
- BUILT TO LAST
- Manufacturer: Humless
- ASIN: B019UI7FTQ
- Item model number: 0842
- Capacity: 640 Watt Hours Storage
- Unit Weight: 34.5 lbs
- Panel Weight: 26.6 lbs
- Unit Size: 8.85″ x 8.85″ x 14″
- Panel Size: 20″ x 27″ x 2.8″
- Inputs: 120V AC Charging & 12V- 50V DC Charging
- Outputs: 1.5kW – 120V AC & 12V DC (4 USB Outlets)
Ok, this was the first of our portable solar generators reviews, it will come more so stay tuned. The Humless .64 kWh solar kit is the best way to get the most out of your power system. The bundle includes 2 foldable 130-watt solar panels, .64 kWh power system and the plug-and-play connecting the cable. The solar kit is easy to set up. Plug the connecting cables into the panels and into power system. Then angle the panels toward the sun and your batteries will start charging. It’s as easy as that. Try it today.
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Solar systems are great deals to get clean green energy. More so they make the owner fully independent of power. By independence, I mean that one has to deal with power issues internally without any interruption from the grid. these solar systems are known as off-grid solar systems. They operate completely off the grid. Am Ephraim and here is my one on one solar energy system installation trip to Bondo, Kenya.
For those who don’t know, I am a Solar installer, PV technician, writer and co-founder of www.installoffgridsolarsystem.com. I have grown up in Kenya and studied in Kenya. My whole life has been Kenya and has never gotten a chance to fly out of Kenya to a country overseas like London, USA, Australia. But this to me is not a limitation because know this website is read by people in all the continents and am very grand that I can reach out to people all over the world on renewable energy topics particularly solar energy. One day I wish to travel the world as the best solar installer and consult. My trip last year was a 1000 watts solar energy system installation to a place called Bondo 402 kilometers away from Nairobi, Kenya(Capital city of Kenya). Here I will tell you about all the preparations and the installation steps.
How I meet the client,
The client found a post I had posted online on solar installation. And by review my work, he was certain that I was the solar technician to make his solar dreams come true. He contacted me we planned for a survey of his house. One of his reasons to go solar was: Kenya power and lighting company had been of rate giving exaggerated power bills. And also last year he spent 5months in his house without power. This guy was fed up and the only option was to go solar. The day to do the survey came and I had to travel 402 kilometers to his place.
For solar energy surveys, one has to take note of every load in the house indicating the power consumption. Why? because the size of the inverter depends on the total load in the house. I took out my not book and noted all the loads in the house. other thighs to do during solar energy surveys;
- Identify where to place the solar panels
- Estimate the cables need during your installation
- Identify the best-aerated place to place the battery bank and the inverter
- Confirm that the wiring is properly installed
And that was done. Now it was time to size for the solar system my client needed and look for the available solar energy components to install for my client.
Sizing and choosing the solar components.
Sizing of a solar energy system is a stage where one needs to be careful and do his maths correct. I discourage estimations and mere inspections. this leads to oversizing or downsizing of solar systems. And trust me if you make a mistake and the client happens to note it, that’s it he will never say or see good in your and he/she just assumes that you were just after making profits. And to make matters even worse you won’t get any referrals. so its recommended that you follow the correct sizing procedure to size to avoid issues with your clients and at the same time build your reputation. when we started this website, these steps were the first to write about because they are the basics of gong off the grid. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE STEPS.
After sizing, it was time to identify the solar energy components to use after sizing. The components included a solar battery, inverter, solar charge controller and solar panels. where else would I get them from apart from my own website www.installoffgridsolarsystem.com but an issue developed? Amazon.com does not ship products to Kenya, ooohhh No!!!. so the only option I was left with is looking for the identified components locally. After a long search I only found Renogy solar panel locally but all other solar components none was on Amazon. Since am a solar technician I choose the best of the solar products I came across.
My solar components for the installation.
- Renogy 250 Watt Solar Panel
- Rocket 200 Ah batteries
- Inverter with build in solar charge controller
- An Avs
- A Change Over Switch
Having identified the solar components needed for the solar installation. I gathered all the right tools and the installation date was set. Due to the distance, I had to travel a day before the installation. I reached Bondo at 7 pm and spent the night to start the installation the next day.
The installation day
The first thing to do while on site is to identify the sun path. More so when your installation is in a location where you know nothing about the sunrise and its sunset. For me, i had to enquire from my client but he seems to have no idea. So I had to wait for the sunrise. The reason why we opt to know about the suns path is that we need to mount our solar panels where they will be exposed to the morning till noon a hundred percent. we don’t want a place where our solar panels will only get the afternoon sun.
Most of the work in any solar system installation is in the solar panel installation. Mounting the solar panels can and will always be tricky because;
- You installing solar panels on an old roof and you need to be careful not to break or dismantle the roof. Many are the time we have gone to install solar panels and sank into the house due to weak roofing.
- Raising the solar panels to the roof also can be tricky. the are heavy and broad. The Renogy 250 watts that I used was so wide that while carrying it you have to be careful not to break it. I had to ask for help.
- Walking on the roof is dangerous more so when not using a safety rope. You can slide and fall all the way down to the ground.
I did my solar panel connection in a combination of series and parallel. This is because my inverter controller had an input of 24v and I had four solar panels. To achieve a 24v output of my solar array, I connected two solar panels in parallel. With this, I achieved two pairs of Renogy solar panels connected in parallel. I then connected the pairs in series to achieve an output of 24 volts. Using a multimeter, the array was giving 33 volts maximum. That was it my solar panel connection was done.I taped the positive of the array to avoid short-circuiting as I lowed the cables to the inverter location.
When this was done connection of the solar cables to the inverter is not a task since its clearly marked. You just have to connect the cable as marked at the inverter. Maybe something I should mention is the battery connection. The batteries also had to be connected to give an output of 24 volts. I only had two 12v 200 ah batteries, can you guess how I did my connection? I will leave that to you.
Other connections I made was to match the grid power with the solar power so that if the solar developed issues, the client can always shift to the grid before repair was done. To achieve this I used the help of a manual change over switch
For voltage protection, I used an Avs(Automatic voltage selector) The device protects appliances from overvoltages that the inverter may develop.
And that was it the was no other installation left. Below is a picture of the overall system an how it looked after the installation was complete.
The picture on the side shows the overall installation of the installation. From the top, you can see the AVS followed by the change over switch. On the top of the cabinet is our inverter and inside the cabinet, there is ou Rocket battery bank. I installed the system keenly and with passion. It correctly worked and no issues or faults were detected. That was it my system was successful.
Points to not During installation
- Be careful not to scratch your solar panels it makes them into effect.
- Do not short circuit the batteries
- Use correct cable sizes to avoid risk of fire due to cable resistance
- Do not over tighten the inverter and battery nodes to avoid damage.
- Install the inverter and battery bank in a cool aerated place.
- Always wipe off the dust on solar panels
Do this to get most of your solar panels
To get the most from solar panels, you need to point them in the direction that captures the most sun. But there are a number of variables in figuring out the best direction.
This advice applies to any type of panel that gets energy from the sun; photovoltaic, solar hot water, etc.I assume that the panel is fixed, or has a tilt that can be adjusted seasonally.
Solar panels should always face south if you are in the northern hemisphere, or north if you are in the southern hemisphere. Simply because the suns path is the equator. We don’t have to make solar energy complicated, I write this with simple English so that everyone can understand.
There are more I would talk about solar power but I will let you ask questions on our comments so as to know the places to talk more about. Please tell us what you think.
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