Category Archives: solar

Another solar heater way to generate electricity

Have a magnify glass focus on one side of a peltier, the have that in water to cool the other side to generate electricity.  Interesting idea overall. https://www.instructables.com/id/Generate-Electricity-From-Nothing/

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This is one big Solar Pop Can heater.

OK like wow that’s allot of soda cans.  It sounds like the build does a good job heating things up with the sun.   Not so sure I could get something this big by my family for a build. https://www.freeonplate.com/how-to-build-diy-solar-panels-out-of-pop-cans/

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Interesting solar thermal heater build

I stumbled on this build from …over 5 years ago.  I like how the author used flashing to help heat up more surface area.  Not so sure I would go with PEX like he did.  There is another article on … Continue reading

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Using a Stirling Engine to power an arduino

I was just looking at one of these engines too on ebay.  I was thinking more for using sunlight, but this is still pretty neat. Ethanol-Powered Arduinos

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A simple solar tracker to build with kids

This is a nice simple tracker you can make with a servo and an arduino for kids to get the basics of solar power and tracking. http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Solar-Tracker-Single-or-Dual-Axis/

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A more advanced solar tracker

This build uses a RPi to track and position panels for the sun.  Its a nice build.  Cheap too if you can source the servos yourself. http://www.instructables.com/id/52kW-Solar-Tracker-Controlled-by-Raspberry-Pi/

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Make your own cheap Parabolic Mirrors

Stumbled on this on hack a day,  The first mirror is easier to make, but …it depends on air pressure (lack off) to keep its shape and could leak out.  The second one is a bit more involved in building, … Continue reading

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If this becomes a reality (and cost effective). I know what my roof will be replaced with

Tesla is making solar panel shingles…or well plans too.  It sounds like it will be more durable than regular shingles, and provide power, and cost just as much as decent shingles.  If this becomes a reality, I know what my … Continue reading

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Good article on solar panels for the home (what to get)

Basically its a review on one persons install of them. https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/12/the-solar-panels-and-inverter-we-d-get/

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Nice solar light jar build

Nice build, I don’t know if I would glue the light in since I like being able to take it apart, but I do like the use of cheap hose clamps to hold the jar to a post. http://www.instructables.com/id/Jar-Solar-Lights-That-Wont-Fill-Up-With-Water-and-/

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