How To Build A Solar Generator?
8 decades ago, we didn’t have electricity in most part of the world. In fact, even in developed countries like the USA and Russia, electricity was strictly confined to the cities and even then not everyone could afford it. As time passed, people discovered new ways to generate electricity and this explains why in our current generation over 75% of the people have electricity in their home. But, there are those of us who would like to get off the grill and go old school by choosing to power things around using solar energy. With that said, then it is important to know the various ways on how to build a solar generator.
Research has indicated that the main reason as to why we have global warming is due to the smoke emitted by the fossil fuels. To some extent you might say, how does global warming affect me? Well, it does. Solar power is clean, has no pollutants and most importantly free. If you learn how to build a solar generator there is no one will charge you a cent for trapping the sun’s energy. It is free and renewable in the sense that the sun will always be there for you to trap its energy. This is debatable since there are those who would argue that there are a few months in a year when they never see the sun, but that doesn’t change the fact that solar energy is renewable and for your information, there are some countries that are sunny for over 300 days in a year.
Why learn how to build a solar generator?
Whether you want to cut off your electricity bill, run some electrical appliances through solar energy or simply want to run everything through solar energy; whatever your reason is to be least assured that solar energy won’t disappoint you.
On this article, we are talking about how to build a solar generator. Why not go to the shop and buy one? Well, you can buy a solar generator but this will cost you quite a fortune. Solar generators are very expensive, maybe it’s due to the fact that the manufacturers know that they won’t charge you for using it to harness the solar energy and on buying it everything shall be free. Whatever the reason behind the high prices it’s not worth it. You can easily build your own solar generator at home; all you need is a few things from a hardware store or the internet (Amazon). What you could have spent over $3000 to buy you will make your own in less than $300. And, yes the price difference is that large and this explains why you have to learn how to build a solar generator.
Basic equipment that you need when building a solar generator
You basically have to spend a few dollars and purchase a few types of equipment so as to build a solar generator. So, which are these equipments that you need to buy?
You can’t say you didn’t see this coming. You need a solar panel so as to harness the solar energy and convert it to electrical energy. The most recommended solar panel while building a solar generator has the following dimensions:
As the name suggests, the work of this tool is to control and regulate the amount of charge that gets in and out of the battery. It particularly helps prevent the battery from overcharging and sending surge electricity signals to the inventor.
Basically, this is a lead-acid battery that you can get from any hardware store near you. The battery must have the capacity to regular charge and discharge. Though the effectiveness will fade away with time you can easily replace it and get a new one.
The inventor changes the direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC). Most household appliances use the (AC) current. What the inverter does is, it increases the DC voltage then converts it to AC where it is then sent to the circuit.
5.Wires and wire connectors
There is no explanation needed on wires, everyone knows what wires are. Wire connectors are used to safely connect different wires.
Steps on how to build a solar generator
Now that you have bought all the necessary things, then it’s now time to get connected.
Connect the DC meter to the top of your battery box using a drill. The same should also be done on the DC input module which will enable easier access to the both when you finally connect everything and your generator is working.
Connect the inverter to the batter using insulated wires. It is important to ensure that you connect the positive wire on the inverter to the positive module on the battery and the same should also be done on the negative. As a precaution, when making the connection ensure that you first connect the negative module before proceeding to the negative on so as to avoid getting an electric shock.
The same way you connected the inverter to the battery do the same and connect the charge controller to the battery. Ensure that you use insulated wires and see to it that both the positive and negative wires are connected to their respective poles on the battery correctly.
Connect the charger controller to the solar panel. It has to be noted that, the solar energy harnessed by the solar panel has to first go through the charger control so as to be regulated before charging the battery. Again, on this, ensure that the positive and negative wires are connected to their respective correct terminals. As a precaution, you should also ensure that you firmly close the lid of the battery box since this will help prevent any unnecessary moisture from getting in the battery or the terminals. This will ensure that your battery performs effectively for long.
Position your solar panel in a suitable place where it can harness maximum sunlight. When the battery is charged you can now connect your household appliances and you are good to go.
It is my hope that you enjoyed reading this tutorial and most importantly found it useful. Whatever the reasons you may have that drives you learning how to build a solar generator are, one thing is for sure; you will be saving quite a fortune if you build one yourself other than buying it. The average price of a solar generator is $1500 yet this article has walked you through a process in which you can make one of your own at only $300. Don’t keep all this knowledge to yourself. Share this article with a friend or two and don’t forget to leave a comment in the comment section below.