Worldwide, there are more than one billion people living off the electricity grid and, while, we often hear glamorized stories of millionaires choosing to live without artificial light, they are in the minority. Many don't have a choice. Energy poverty is endemic with about 20 percent of the global population lacking reliable sources to power their electronics, businesses, and plain old light bulbs, which can be a huge problem, especially in our increasingly virtual world. This is why some of Africa's developing nations are looking to the future with solar energy in mind. People and organizations have come together to find solar solutions.
While traveling through subsaharan Africa, entrepreneur Mike Lin witnessed the many off grid families coping with dangerous kerosene lamps.We've been having so many accidents from using kerosene lamps. Children get burnt, said one Ugandan woman. And about 1.5 million people die from kerosene lamp related respiratory illnesses every year. Inspired to build a safe, reliable, energy source, Lin and his cofounder Brian Warshawsky started Fenix International, got people on board, and ReadySet was born a portable energy battery that can be fueled by the sun or pedaling on a stationary bicycle. Its introduction has transformed communities.
Before ReadySet, a Ugandan woman says, I had no hope of getting electricity. But now I just need the sunlight energy to charge my solar panel. It allows her and others to stay connected and has eliminated the need to travel and pay high fees to charge her phone, for example. And for children the majority of whom are unfortunately expected to work during the day light at night means they can do their homework and further their education. These extended periods of light have changed businesses as well, Now I.
Get a lot of customers because I have a bright light. I can even work for 5 hours at night says one shop owner. And hospitals and other facilities can use similar solar energy systems to improve their services. Solar technology is spreading throughout Africa. Partly because of this, Akon, the famous musician, launched a Solar Academy with aims to consolidate African expertise and teach people how to install and maintain solarpowered electricity. And, on a more global scale, the United Nations has decided to name 2015 the Year of Light.
How to Install Solar Panels Mounting Rails on Roof for Solar Panels
All right, we're getting ready to mount our rails up here, and I've got some blocks of wood. Pressure treated lumber already mounted, from one of my last solar projects, so we'll reuse those when we can. This roof is over the laundry room, and it's facing almost directly south, which is perfect for a solar exposure. Not too difficult for that top end. Let's get some down at the bottom now. Drill a couple of holes here, so we've got a couple more blocks of wood, just to rise this up off the roof. Give a.
solar panels installation on flat roof
Hello everyone, my name is Steve and welcome to aquaheat.uk. Today we are showing you an installation of solar panels that we've done. This is a solar panel system that provides hot water for the property. On this particular installation, we fitted two landscape solar panels on to a flat roof and they're staggered one behind the other. We've got one here and then we have another one here. They're both connected by this pipework here, it goes down, through the roof into where the solar cylinder is we can talk about.
That afterwards. So normally on these panels on a flat roof, they do sit side by side. On this particular installation to comply with local planning, they've requested that they've been fitted one behind the other, which we can do. With reverse style solar panels you can fit them on a pitched roof they'll either be on the roof or you can fit them mounted. This particular one is landscape, you can have portrait, which is like a portrait picture basically. This particular one is a Solar Worcester Bosch FKT1W. This is a.
More high efficiency solar panel, than the standard panel they do and it soaks up more UV's from the sun because of better performance. You will even find on days like today, where it is a bit cloudy and overcast that there is a lot of UV's around and you can still heat up hot water even on days like today. That's about it really it's quite a simple installation. We fit the frames, we assemble everything. We fit the solar panels in, run the pipework lagging in, it's wired into a sensor, which we've done. The next stage is.
Worlds first floating solar power plant in operation in Korea
Speaking of energy,. the worlds first solar plant constructed over water has started operations here in Korea. The local developers say. similar plants like this one. could one day make waves in the global energy market. Our Sohn Jungin takes us to the plant. This is the worlds first rotating, solar power plant on water. Unlike other conventional solar facilities that are fixed on land, this module is designed to move along with the movement of the sun during the day, which increases energyefficiency by 22 percent. The floating plant in Anseong, Gyeonggido Province consists of 16hundred panels that.
Can produce 2thousand kilowatts of energy per day,. which is enough to supply about 200 households. The concept of movable solar panels is not new, but other versions consume a great amount of energy to rotate. This one does not. Using water buoyancy, two motor engines are enough to operate an 8thousand square meter generator that follows the suns movement to maximize efficiency. The installation can withstand winds of 50 meters per second and can adjust its level depending on water level changes. Water fountains around the module are designed to lower the temperature of the water to prevent.
Elon Musk Tesla and SolarCity Will Accelerate the Development of an Energy Solution
The reason I put so much time and effort into creating Tesla was because, it's always said to me that the transportation won't go electric and should go electric, but we have an unpriced externality in the negative effects of gasoline and on the environment and also in the wars that we fight and national security and that kind of thing. Whenever you have an unpriced externality you can't quite rely on the market to do the right thing. So in order to have electric vehicles come sooner than they otherwise would.
Electric vehicles were always going to be the longterm transportation mechanism, but to make that day come sooner, you have to bridge the gap with innovation. That was the goal with Tesla is to try to serve as a catalyst to accelerate the day, the day of electric vehicles. And I think when all is said and done, I am hopeful that historians will look back on Tesla and say that Tesla advanced that by at least 10 years, which that would be a huge victory of mine. in my mind.
SolarCity, of course, is on the energy production side of things because it doesn't help if we have sustainable consumption of energy, but then that energy isn't produced in a sustainable way. I feel quite strongly that solar power will be the single largest source of electricity generation by midpoint of the century. In fact, just a simple extrapolation of the growth of solar power would for sure, that that's obviously going to be the case. And also when you consider that the earth is almost entirely solar powered today and that the fact that.
We're not a frozen ice ball at say 4 degrees kelvin and it's just due to the sun. And the whole ecosystem is powered by the sun. There's just an itty bitty amount of energy that we need to do complicated human things. It's a tiny amount of energy really compared to what the sun puts on the earth every day. And we just need to capture a little bit of that and turn it into electricity. So we have to try to accelerate that with innovation. And that's what SolarCity is about.
SHADE Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium
Team ASUNM is a collaborative effort between Arizona State University and University of New Mexico. In the last decade, the population of Phoenix, Arizona has grown 30 to 4.5 million people, or 1.5 million households. We seek to address the inefficiencies of urban sprawl and reduce energy consumption by utilizing the sun. Our ultimate goal is to create a model for sustainable desert living. Inspired by the relationship between the Mesquite Tree and young Saguaro, shade is provided from exterior vertical screens and the energyproducing photovoltaic canopy. The outdoor spaces are an extension of the interior, taking advantage of the beautiful desert climate.
Fenix Intl Smart Power Solutions
With over 1.6 billion people without access to power, we need scalable solutions. The name 'Fenix' comes from the mythical bird, and it's about rebirth and renewal. And we're focusing on renewable energy for frontier markets. The Fenix ReadySet System is a renewable power center that can charge from virtually anything. It can charge from solar. It can charge from a bicycle generator that we developed. And it can even charge off the grid. We aim to reach massive scale. Installing megawatts, gigawatts of power in areas that never had access to energy.
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