Welcome to Artificial Power™
- Pump Water
- Boil Water
- Clean Water
- Grow Food
- Cook Food
- Heat House
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
- It is cheaper
- Easier to put together
- Send twice as much through wires
- More powerful systems
Two ways to wire batteries
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 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.
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
True Sine Wave: