Solar is a subject that increasingly interests, yet one about which competent independent advice is difficult to obtain.
Collyn Rivers totally revised new edition of his earlier and separate caravan and motorhome editions of Solar That Really Works! fills a previously all but unexplored need. In one tightly written book, Collyn covers all that is needed to design and install solar electrical systems in anything from a tiny caravan or campervan to a large fishing lodge. Along the way it takes in the specialised needs of big converted coaches and the increasingly accepted fifth-wheeler caravans.
Solar That Really Works! covers just what can and cannot realistically be run from a typical solar installation. It shows how to calculate the energy required, shows simple ways of finding out the most probable solar energy available anywhere and anytime in Australia and New Zealand. It shows also how much solar panels really do produce.
The book also includes full and often illustrated instructions on how to install systems and their various components.
As with Collyn's books generally, the writer leaves nothing that the reader is expected to take on trust. He not only explains, in simple English, the 'how' of things, he also explains the 'whys'. Here, for the first time for many people (including equipment vendors) is why a solar panel typically produces only 70% of what it says on the box. And why this one especially catches out even science teachers.
Solar That Really Works! also introduces the author's totally new approach to choosing the correct cable size without the need for often misleading and complex wire tables.
|Edition description:||5th ed.|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
He migrated to Australia in 1963, where he designed and built scientific measuring equipment. In 1971, Collyn Rivers founded what, by 1976, became the world's largest-circulation electronics publication, Electronics Today International.
From 1982 to 1990 he was technology editor of The Bulletin and also Australian Business magazines and in 1999 started two companies: Caravan and Motorhome Books, and Successful Solar Books (now rvbooks.com.au and solarbooks.com.au).
"Anyone who has been an electronics enthusiast over the past 30 years or so will be well aware of Collyn Rivers. He was the founding editor of "Electronics Today International" (ETI) magazine which went on to have a number of very successful editions in the UK and elsewhere, as well as being very successful in Australia."
Silicon Chip Magazine
Table of Contents
PrefaceChapter 1: Solar realitiesChapter 2: Electrical self-sufficiencyChapter 3: Solar modulesChapter 4: Solar regulators and monitorsChapter 5: Batteries and battery charging (general)Chapter 6: Batteries and battery charging (via alternators)Chapter 7: Generators and fuel-cellsChapter 8: InvertersChapter 9: RefrigeratorsChapter 10: LightingChapter 11: Water and pumpingChapter 12: Computers and TVChapter 13: CommunicationsChapter 14: Scaling the systemChapter 15: Example systemsChapter 16: Extra-low voltage wiringChapter 17: Low voltage wiringChapter 18: Installing batteriesChapter 19: Installing solar modulesChapter 20: Installing the solar regulatorChapter 21: Installing the fridgeChapter 22: Installing an inverterChapter 23: Installing water systemsChapter 24: Installing a voltage sensing relayChapter 25: Electrical convertersChapter 26: Compliance issuesChapter 27: Fixing problemsChapter 28: Living with solarChapter 29: Walking the walkChapter 30: Electricity - simply explained