Instructables: exploring - workshop - solar - sun http://www.instructables.com Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:23:02 PST BLOX v1.01 the "mini solar book", torch and charger http://www.instructables.com/id/the-mini-solar-book-torch-and-charger/
the "mini solar book", torch and charger - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FJZ/LAXW/HSJAPK56/FJZLAXWHSJAPK56.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJZ/LAXW/HSJAPK56/FJZLAXWHSJAPK56.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJZ/LAXW/HSJAPK56/FJZLAXWHSJAPK56.SMALL.jpg andrea biffi The "mini solar book" is another solar power supply and charger, which acts as LED light too. Its torchlight function is very useful and effective. Indeed white LED only consumes 20 mA, so it will provide light for about 30 hours with a single charge of the battery, and with solar cells addition its...
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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:41:49 PDT
Heliostat for solar heating http://www.instructables.com/id/Heliostat-for-heating/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FOJ/R1VU/HK1DEQY4/FOJR1VUHK1DEQY4.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FOJ/R1VU/HK1DEQY4/FOJR1VUHK1DEQY4.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FOJ/R1VU/HK1DEQY4/FOJR1VUHK1DEQY4.SMALL.gif zawy This enables DIY'ers to build a $100 solar house heater and light source.  It pays for its parts in 2 winter months and should last as long as the PVC survives the outdoor winter. It provides 4.5 kW for 6 to 8 hours per sunny day, equal to three 1,500 Watt electrical heaters.  If it lasts 10 years, ...
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Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:12:35 PDT
Giant Sun Jar http://www.instructables.com/id/Giant-Sun-Jar/
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Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:57:00 PDT
Solar Hot Water DIY EASY Cheap http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Hot-Water-DIY-EASY-Cheap/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FTU/RFJW/H6738KQ6/FTURFJWH6738KQ6.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FTU/RFJW/H6738KQ6/FTURFJWH6738KQ6.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FTU/RFJW/H6738KQ6/FTURFJWH6738KQ6.SMALL.jpg GREENPOWERSCIENCE Part 2 of a 2 part series showing how to install a cheap cost effective solar hot water heater. Part 1 is available on youtube, this gets to the point. The tubing is safe in excess of 170F in terms of chemical leaching. Do not drink hot shower water;-) If you want a passive exchange system for areas...
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Sat, 25 Aug 2012 11:21:35 PDT
GIANT SLOAR OVEN from double glass scrap refrigerator doors http://www.instructables.com/id/GIANT-SLOAR-OVEN-from-double-glass-scrap-refrigera/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FXB/ATI6/H6738KPP/FXBATI6H6738KPP.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXB/ATI6/H6738KPP/FXBATI6H6738KPP.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXB/ATI6/H6738KPP/FXBATI6H6738KPP.SMALL.jpg GREENPOWERSCIENCE This is a 75 cu ft Solar over that took about 5 days to build. Every connection is sealed with silicone. The maximum air temp measured with all the mirrors in place reaches 221 F with 70 F outdoor temperature. We have a bit more work to do as 2 collection panels are wood and cannot handle the heat ...
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Sat, 25 Aug 2012 11:04:16 PDT
Off the shelf parabolic mirror from a beauty supply cosmetic mirror http://www.instructables.com/id/Off-the-shelf-parabolic-mirror-from-a-beauty-suppl/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FK1/8PDV/H672SSKD/FK18PDVH672SSKD.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FK1/8PDV/H672SSKD/FK18PDVH672SSKD.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FK1/8PDV/H672SSKD/FK18PDVH672SSKD.SMALL.jpg GREENPOWERSCIENCE This is a high quality second surface long Focal Length parabolic mirror is from the cosmetic section. The greater the "x" magnification factor the mirror has (ex. x4 or x8) the SHORTER THE FOCAL LENGTH. The x-factor does not equal more power for solar. Shorter focal lengths make objects appear larg...
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Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:11:11 PDT
DIY SOLAR TUBES EVACUATED VACUUM TUBE Solar water heater http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-SOLAR-TUBES-EVACUATED-VACUUM-TUBE/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FN7/KGAI/H5Y9VPQ0/FN7KGAIH5Y9VPQ0.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FN7/KGAI/H5Y9VPQ0/FN7KGAIH5Y9VPQ0.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FN7/KGAI/H5Y9VPQ0/FN7KGAIH5Y9VPQ0.SMALL.jpg GREENPOWERSCIENCE Boil water just by placing it in the sun. This is a simple process to make your owns solar evacuated vacuum tubes from any bottle and a $2 vase from Walmart. The vacuum is drawn between the walls of the outer cylinder and the inner bottle replicating a thermos with one distinct difference. The sunli...
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Sun, 19 Aug 2012 12:27:50 PDT
Forced Air Heater under $100 DIY wood Frame http://www.instructables.com/id/Forced-Air-Heater-under-100-DIY-wood-Frame/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FE6/T9ZW/H5TUB4KA/FE6T9ZWH5TUB4KA.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FE6/T9ZW/H5TUB4KA/FE6T9ZWH5TUB4KA.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FE6/T9ZW/H5TUB4KA/FE6T9ZWH5TUB4KA.SMALL.jpg GREENPOWERSCIENCE FIGHT HIGH HEATING OIL prices and save money for other things like paying your mortgage or refinancing your home. Hope this helps:-) Note: Look T THE VIDEO RESPONSES THEY ARE VERY GOOD! This is a prototype easy to build rooftop forced air heater that produces 45 degree increases at a high CFM CFPM r...
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Sun, 19 Aug 2012 07:54:12 PDT
DIY Solar Air Conditioning Unit http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Solar-Air-Conditioning-Unit/
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Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:26:20 PDT
The Shoebox Solar Oven! http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Shoebox-Solar-Oven/
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Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:25:38 PDT
Easy solar furnance with Grid Beam http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-solar-furnance-with-Grid-Beam/
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Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:49:42 PDT
soler dish http://www.instructables.com/id/soler-dish/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ1/5394/GTMPAYAW/FJ15394GTMPAYAW.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ1/5394/GTMPAYAW/FJ15394GTMPAYAW.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ1/5394/GTMPAYAW/FJ15394GTMPAYAW.SMALL.jpg kamalgear Solar dish In the last year I made a solar project  as you see in photos above in this project the main idea is to reflect the sun radiations on focal line  to heat the water in the pipe at the center of the parabolic reflector based on a iron frame also it fixed on a  satellite   dish holder  then...
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Tue, 11 Oct 2011 08:46:29 PDT
Cheap solar hot tub/spa/pool water heater http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-solar-hot-tubspapool-heater/
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Thu, 11 Aug 2011 20:12:00 PDT
Making a Solar Panel without Soldering http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-Solar-Battery-Panel-without-Soldering-1/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FJW/PJMM/HCJO5G0R/FJWPJMMHCJO5G0R.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJW/PJMM/HCJO5G0R/FJWPJMMHCJO5G0R.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJW/PJMM/HCJO5G0R/FJWPJMMHCJO5G0R.SMALL.jpg dkdls09 Making solar panel( 2Volts ) without soldering but conductive adhesive tape and tangible solar cell.   Put the solar battery cell #1 facing down on the solar panel in its position, and put one side of conductive tape on a positive terminal and the other side of the tape on the cell #1. ...
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Sun, 1 May 2011 17:21:26 PDT
Solar Oven With Tracking... http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Oven-With-Tracking/
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Sun, 20 Mar 2011 02:11:49 PDT
Sun Bottles http://www.instructables.com/id/Sun-Bottles/
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Mon, 9 Aug 2010 14:44:56 PDT
Solar Food Dehydrator (Dryer) http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Food-Dehydrator-Dryer/
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Sun, 4 Oct 2009 21:49:20 PDT
Charge your shaver from the sun http://www.instructables.com/id/Charge-your-shaver-from-the-sun/
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Wed, 29 Apr 2009 03:49:08 PDT
Solar PV tracker http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-PV-tracker/
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Wed, 31 Dec 2008 09:20:12 PST
How to charge a 12 volt battery using Solar Power http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-charge-a-12-volt-battery-using-Solar-Power-1/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F2X/ZHR6/FLROLSKG/F2XZHR6FLROLSKG.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F2X/ZHR6/FLROLSKG/F2XZHR6FLROLSKG.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F2X/ZHR6/FLROLSKG/F2XZHR6FLROLSKG.SMALL.jpg bmerritt5 Learn how to charge any 12 volt battery using the power from the sun!
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Mon, 6 Oct 2008 11:42:05 PDT
How to build a privacy screen/sun shade http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-a-privacy-screensun-shade/
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Fri, 24 Aug 2007 08:09:46 PDT
sunlight engraver! A simple way to engrave! http://www.instructables.com/id/sunlight-engraver!-A-simple-way-to-engrave!/
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Mon, 7 May 2007 22:58:55 PDT
Solar Heater http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Heater/
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Thu, 22 Feb 2007 08:10:47 PST
Sun Jar http://www.instructables.com/id/Sun-Jar/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F9E/79QW/O84ES9J44CL/F9E79QWO84ES9J44CL.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F9E/79QW/O84ES9J44CL/F9E79QWO84ES9J44CL.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F9E/79QW/O84ES9J44CL/F9E79QWO84ES9J44CL.SMALL.jpg paranhos I saw the Sun Jar by Tobias Wong at Suck UK Design and thought it would be a perfect instructable project. Unfortunatly I'm no EE and need help with a wiring diagram and parts list. Hopefully we can come up with a design that is easily scalable so people can make different sized Sun Jars or vary it'...
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Thu, 21 Sep 2006 11:01:40 PDT