How to Build a Solar Generator?

Do you have creative mechanical genes in you just like me? Have you ever thought of building a solar generator? If yes, I can totally relate to you, and you have come to the right place. As I was at home during last summer vacations, the idea of building a solar generator myself hit me up.

So I did a little digging on the internet and found out several ways, techniques, and tools to do it. You will be amazed going through the article knowing how easy it is to do it yourself. Enough of jibber jabber, let us jump into the main topic.

Why Should You Use a Solar Generator?

Before building a generator, you must know what it actually is and what are the uses of it. A solar generator gathers solar energy from the sun and generates electricity. It is budget friendly, pollution proof, efficient, portable, and sustainable.

Unlike normal generators, solar generates does not make any noise, and also there is no by-product or waste. It is easy to use and maintain. A very few basic stuff is needed to make it on your own.

Anyone can make it with a little bit of knowledge. A portable solar generator is of great use to campers as they go to wild places for camping.

Necessary Equipment for Building a Solar Generator

While I researched about building my own solar generator, I figured out that I will need to build a generator that makes 2000 watts power for my house appliances. So I will try to provide the list of equipment you will need to produce 2000 watts of power.

1. A Big Sturdy Portable Case 

This is the first and foremost stuff you have to get. You will assemble the rest of your equipment in it. The case has to be big enough to fit everything in.

2. Solar Panels

Obviously the essential thing you are going to need is the panels. Their job is to gather solar energy from the sun and then send it down through the wires to the solar controller.

The quantity of the panels depends on how many appliances you have and how much voltage do you need. Calculate the daily power consumption of your appliances. You can use one 100 watt panel for generating 2000 watt voltage.

3. Charge Controller

This instrument is needed to control the uncertainty of voltage that your panel will generate. It will organize and convert the produced power which will be usable by your batteries and protect the cells from overcharging. For 100 watt panel, you need a 120 watt charge controller.

4. Batteries

Batteries are used to store the gathered power. You do not need all the gained energy at once. There is no way that you can directly use it either. Hence, for storing the power, you will need batteries.

5. Inverter 

This is a really essential part because this will change the amount of voltage as per need. On the other hand, different appliances need a different level of power to run.

Apart from these, you are going to need some basic mechanical tools like wires, screws, connectors etc.

The Procedure that You Need to Follow

After having all the products, you need now is the time to assemble them. You should do it carefully so that you do not face any further problems.

  • Take the case you have bought for the generator. Place the battery at the bottom of the case.
  • Now attach the inverter with the battery with wires and connectors. Put the inverter over your battery.
  • Also connect the charge controller with your battery and keep it just beside your inverter.
  • The charge controller should be connected with your panel. The charge that the panel will gather will run through the inverter to your battery. Then your battery will store the energy.
  • If you want to use the power stored in your battery, the power will convert into AC or DC as per need by the inverter.
  • Now if you connect the generator with your appliances, they will start running.
  • You can glue with a panel with the case and keep the case where sunlight reaches it. In this way, the generator becomes completely portable.

Thus, your work is done! Yeah, this is how easy it is! It’s just all about assembling and connecting the equipment properly.

Maintenance of a Solar Generator

Maintaining a solar generator is as easy as building one. The panel you used might get dirty every once in a while. Wipe it with a fresh cloth in between few days. If it gets terribly dirty, clean it with mild soap and sponge.

Use a small vacuum cleaner to suck the dust that will get stuck inside the case. In addition, do not forget to clean the case as well. Do not think that it is a lot of work to do. The whole system won’t get easily dirty. It is a really low maintenance system.

Conclusion

Solar power is of great use. It is entirely noise, pollution and cost-free. Plus, the energy is renewable. Therefore, I think everyone should convert to using solar generators for their source of power instead of normal generators.

There are no cons to this technology so far, and the pros are inevitable. Portable solar generators are usable for both indoors and outdoors. You can take them with you wherever you go for the backup source of power.

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