Welcome to Artificial Power™

Learning about alternitive energy can insure your ability to:

Water

  • Pump Water
  • Boil Water
  • Clean Water

Food

  • Grow Food
  • Cook Food

Heat

  • Heat House

Light

  • Security

12 volt or 24 volt Batteries

Overview

You have the option of 12 volt, 24 volt, or 48 volt solar panels systems. We will only talk about 12 volt and 24 volt systems on this site.

12 Volt vs. 24 Volt Battery Arrays

12 volt:

  • It is cheaper
  • Easier to put together

24 volt:

  • Send twice as much through wires
  • More powerful systems

Two ways to wire batteries

Series:

Parrallel:

Charge Controlers

Overview

Charge Controlers are the brains of the system. It monitors the batteries and determins the best way to deliver the power from the solar panels

Two types of Charge Controlers (MPPT and non MPPT)

MPPT stands for "Maximum Power Point Tracking". This is the latest technology in Charge Controlers. It is like a trasmition and some can handle 100+ volt and transitions it back down to 12 or 24 volts for your sytem. This allows you to run longer distances with wires. (please see wire lesson)

Solar Panels

Overview

Solar panels come in 12 volt or 24 volt. Just like batteries you can put them in series or parallel to create the desired voltage.

Solar panels need to put out more volt then the current battery voltage so many 12 volt solar panels will be 18 to 20 volts and the Charge Controler will regulate that voltage to properly charge the batteries.

Power Inverters

Overview

A Power Inverter is used to plug in your different devices. It has a plug that looks like your normal 110 volt home wall outlet.

Two type of Power Inverters

Modulated Sine:

True Sine Wave:

Wiring Info

Overview

Coming soon!