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A personal blog about DIY Projects, Technology & Solar Power

Category: New and Emerging Technology

  • Project: Portable DC Toaster Oven – direct solar electric cooking to go

    Project: Portable DC Toaster Oven – direct solar electric cooking to go

    Hi folks, hope you’re doing well. In what is possibly a first, I am unveiling a new prototype invention – a mini PV solar electric toaster oven. It is lightweight, portable and I think would be fairly cheap to produce. It easily bakes or roasts bread, meat, vegetables and whatever else – all day using…

  • 18V tool battery bakes bread! Mini Oven prototype part 2

    18V tool battery bakes bread! Mini Oven prototype part 2

    Is it possible to bake bread using an 18V Power Tool Battery? Recently, I set out to answer this question. In the back yard I set up a table and connected my mini solar electric PV2L oven to a Ryobi 18V power tool battery with alligator clips. After a few adjustments and a short wait,…

  • Mini 100 Watt solar electric oven prototype – Simple Solar Cooking!

    Mini 100 Watt solar electric oven prototype – Simple Solar Cooking!

    Can a single 100 Watt 12V solar panel supply enough power to cook or bake food by itself? I’ve been thinking about this question for years. A simple portable electric oven that operates off of such a small amount of power could change everything. Finally, after a long wait, the opportunity came to test the…

  • Using Solar Panels and Ohms Law to drive DC loads directly

    Using Solar Panels and Ohms Law to drive DC loads directly

    Hi folks, I’m going to briefly cover some concepts that are helpful to understand when driving loads directly with PV DC solar panels: whether it is a fan, a heating element, an electric pump, hot water heater, and so on. We will use a heating element for this example because it’s simple and has no…

  • Simple PV Solar heating for beginners – plus video guide

    Simple PV Solar heating for beginners – plus video guide

    For years I have been using excess solar power to heat my home with various types of directly PV powered DC heaters. I wanted to help beginners who want to try tapping direct PV Solar power to heat their home or shop. So I created a detailed video guide (it’s posted below). Background Previously, I…

  • Low Voltage Solar Panels can cook food directly – And why it matters

    Low Voltage Solar Panels can cook food directly – And why it matters

    Did you know it’s possible to cook food directly off low voltage solar panels? No inverter, no high voltages, no battery, no charge controller. It’s technically feasible, and I have done it several times now with prototypes developed in my solar workshop. The simplicity and efficiency of such a setup is nothing short of astounding.…

  • What’s the easiest way to start learning about solar power?

    What’s the easiest way to start learning about solar power?

    Question: What is the easiest and quickest way to get started in solar energy for backup power and resiliency? Answer: To easily learn about solar PLUS making it immediately useful to you and your family, get a Solar Generator and 1 or 2 12V 100W solar panel. What is a Solar Generator? A solar generator…

  • What is PV To Load? (PV2L) concepts

    What is PV To Load? (PV2L) concepts

    What is PV To Load? and (PV2L) concepts You’re probably familar with the idea of connecting Solar Panels to a Charge Controller to a Battery to an Inverter and finally, to an appliance. PV to Load (PV2L for short) is a more efficient way to run some appliances – simply put, the load or appliance…