You can generate electrical power at home but you cannot manufacture your own natural gas, oil, or wood. (I exempt the minority of people owning forestry). This is often an argument for the combination of heat pump and photovoltaic generator. Last year I blogged in detail about economics of solar power and batteries and on […]Read More Photovoltaic Generator and Heat Pump: Daily Power Generation and Consumption
In the past days different versions of an article had popped up in my social media streams again and again – claiming that you could power your home for 24 hours by cycling for one hour. Regular readers know that I craft my statements carefully in articles about energy, nearly as in the old times […]Read More No, You Cannot ‘Power Your Home’ by One Hour of Cycling Daily
I have noticed the impact of traversing clouds on solar power output: Immediately after a cloud has passed, power surges to a record value. This can be attributed to the focusing effect of the surrounding clouds and/or cooling of the panels. Comparing data for cloudless days in May and June, I noticed a degradation of […]Read More The Impact of Ambient Temperature on the Output Power of Solar Panels
On May 4, 2015, we started up our photovoltaic generator. Here are some numbers and plots for the first month – and what I plan to do next. Our generator has a rated power of 4,77 kWp (kilowatt peak), one module has 265 Wp. The generator would deliver 4,77 kW of electrical power under so-called […]Read More Solar Power: Some Data for the First Month.
And we will not be able to contribute – by a hair. We have just ordered our photovoltaic generator, and installation is planned for April. It is the (partial) Solar Eclipse on March 20 that made Europe’s Transmission System Operators (TSOs) release an announcement: Under a clear morning sky on 20 March 2015, some 35000 […]Read More “An Unprecedented Test for Europe’s Electricity System”
Dave asked an interesting question, commenting on the heat-from-the-tunnel project: Has anyone considered the fact that the water can be used to first drive turbines and then distributed to supply the input source for the heat pumps? I am a water turbine fan, and every time I spot a small hydro power plant on a […]Read More All Kinds of Turbines