One of the best ways to get power to remote, off-grid locations, whether in developed or developing countries, is through the use of solar electric systems. This practical guide describes how to plan, design and install solar electric systems in a manner that is hands-on, graphic and technically complete. Highly illustrated chapters cover: - solar energy basics - components of solar electric systems (modules, batteries, regulators, inverters and appliances) - installation practice - details on planning and servicing systems - water pumping - refrigeration - grid-interconnect - village electrification Substantially updated from the bestselling 1995 edition and containing extensive new material, this is the must-have guide for electric technicians and designers, development workers and anyone who wants to install their own off-grid system.
Earthscan Expert is a major new book series that provides clear, practical information for people who want to work with environmentally friendly low carbon technologies. From specific handbooks (e.g. installing solar electric systems) to more general guides (e.g. energy efficient refurbishment), each highly illustrated title will be essential reading for professionals keen to expand their skill base and take advantage of the low carbon revolution. Mark Hankins has over 20 years' experience of designing photovoltaic systems, managing projects and teaching solar electricity in Africa. He also managed a Nairobi-based renewable energy consulting company for over 10 years, and has written extensively on the subject.