Solar Success – Full Content Details

As you will see from the list below – the contents of Solar Success is very comprehensive.

Table of Contents

Preface
Terminology
Chapter 1 – Solar Reality – an overview – How much solar is available?
Solar – what runs/what doesn’t
Stand-alone solar systems
Grid-connect
What solar modules produce
Solar access
Service importance
First all-solar town
Chapter 2 – Lighting
Fluorescent tubes and globes
Compact fluorescents
Light-emitting diodes
Light colour
Lighting levels
Recommended light levels
Chapter 3 – Fridges & freezers
Fridge ratings
Domestic fridges
Chapter 4 – Air conditioning
Air conditioner star ratings
Air conditioner types
Inverter air conditioners
Reducing air conditioner consumption
Cooling capacity required
Reverse-cycle air conditioners
Chapter 5 – Washing machines
Washing machine – energy ratings
Water efficiency ratings
Buying caution
Rebates
Chapter 6 – Clothes dryers – Dryer types
Chapter 7 – Dishwashers
Energy ratings
Saving energy
Chapter 8 – Power tools
Chapter 9 – Phantom loads
Example phantom loads
Remedying phantom loads
Chapter 10 – TVs and computers
TV energy draw
Computers
Chapter 11 – Water
Rainwater tanks
Rainwater legislation
Pumping water
Pump energy draw
Pressure systems
Constant pressure pumps
Variable speed pumps
Pressure tanks
Irrigation
Valve control
Bore pumps
Pumping losses
Calculating pump pressure
Chapter 12 – Swimming pools
Keeping water clean
Recent trends
Chapter 13 – Ponds
Ultra-violet sterilisers
Pumps – general
Solar pumps
Chapter 14 – Solar
What solar modules produce
Nominal Operating Cell Temperature
How much sun?
Tracking the sun
Shadowing tolerance and loss
Weather effects
Buying solar modules
Chapter 15 – Solar modules – voltage & current
Increasing voltage
Power Maximisers
Solar output beware – it’s not what it seems
Chapter 16 – Solar regulation
Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) regulators
Chapter 17 – Batteries
Battery types
Battery capacity
Interconnecting batteries
Battery location
Chapter 18 – Battery charging
The battery charging area
Chapter 19 – Energy monitoring
Chapter 20 – Generators
Diesel generators for long term use
Battery charging from a generator
Auto-start/stop
Generator noise
Generator size
Generators and switch-mode chargers
Chapter 21 – Alternative power – wind & hydro
Larger wind generators
Micro hydro-electric
Turbine types
Ram pumps
Geothermal space heating
Passive and direct solar heating
Energy efficiency first
Site selection
Chapter 22 – Alternative energy storage – fuel cells
Fuel cell history
Commercial development
How fuel cells work
Chapter 23 – Inverters
Silicon camels
Stand-alone inverters
Inverters for fixed wiring
Grid-connect inverters
Battery backed grid-connect
Chapter 24 – Energy auditing
Existing usage
Chapter 25 – Scaling stand-alone systems
Available irradiation
Needed solar capacity
Solar regulators
Example of solar regulator sizing
Battery capacity
Battery chargers
Generators for battery charging
Fuel cells
Chapter 26 – Meters & measuring
How to measure solar current output
How to measure battery voltage
How to measure battery and other heavy currents
Current shunts
Chapter 27 – Installing – legal
Working on batteries
Inverter safety
Chapter 28 – Installing the system
Reducing voltage drop
All 12/24-volts
The inverter decides
Solar array voltage
Establishing cable size
How most cable is rated
Auto cable
Current ratings
Cable (voltage separation)
Terminating cables
Power posts
Crimping tool & lugs
Protecting cabling
DC circuit breakers
AC circuit breakers
Fuses
Solar modules need unobstructed sun
Solar mountings
Connecting modules
Solar modules lightning protection
Testing series-connected solar modules
Testing parallel-connected modules
Earthing solar module frames
Solar regulator
Programming solar regulators
Locating energy monitors
Locating batteries
Example
Large capacity battery banks
Battery chargers
Current shunts
Switches for 12/24-volts DC
Power outlets for 12/24-volts
Inverters
Generators
Generators- auto/changeover
Water pumps
Pressure accumulators
Air conditioners
Refrigerators
Fridge cable size
Fusing fridges
Chapter 29 – Constructing a Stand-alone System
Chapter 30 – Grid-connect
The grid network
Electricity usage
Distributed energy storage
Grid-connect
Going off-grid
Climate-optimised solar
Strategies to consider now
Chapter 31 – Example systems
Comments
Example 2 – mid-sized cabin
Updates
Further update
Example 4 – an ongoing (Queensland) system
The costs
The savings
Update
Chapter 32 – Living with solar
Seeming lack of solar input
Battery maintenance
Leaking batteries
Solar modules
Chapter 33 – Our solar systems
The Broome house’s structure
Extending the solar
Water
Irrigation
Swimming pool
The end of an era
Chapter 34 – Technical Terms Explained
References & contacts etc.
Useful sources of information
Recommended books and publications
Relevant standards