NEW FREE VIDEO WITH BATTERY & SOLAR SECRETS ON YOUTUBE
This is not a promo video sell these solar charge controllers because all the inventory was sold and we’re not producing any more anytime soon. It is to help those that already purchased a S3A12 but that’s not all – you will greatly benefit from this information. Read every bullet point of what is covered in this video.
How to properly hookup and use the S3A12, why the Green light comes on before it is topped
How to properly calculate safe discharges from lead acid batteries
Why the claim that crystalline panels are more efficient than amorphous has no real meaning and why
What the VMP and other specs on the panel means and which ones you need to pay attention to the most
Description of the true topping event so you know the battery chemistry has been reversed to like-new condition
A bit about how to restore some battery life
Why batteries sitting on concrete go bad – it has nothing to do with the concrete
How to use a constant voltage / constant current power supply to imitate a solar panel for testing
Why every solar generator manufacturer or kit supplier are ripping you off with their inverters
The overall concept is explained in this one sentence: “A solar thermal fuel is like a rechargeable battery, but instead of electricity, you put sunlight in and get heat out, triggered on demand,” – Jeffrey Grossman, Engineer MIT
Here is a simple diagram that shows the concept:
When heat from the sun warms a fluid, it changes the molecules so that this heat can be released at a later time on demand when it is exposed to a catalyst.
What I see as a huge instant benefit is the efficiency of the system. Solar panels are around 20% efficient, which is horrible, but some of the best solar heat collectors such as the evacuated tube collectors can be in the high 90%. Being that heating accounts for about half of the average home energy use, this method makes a lot of sense.
It is likely you have experience with a fluid that operates similar to this – sodium acetate heating pads. These are plastic containers with a simple chemical solution. When you heat them up, the solution liquefies and stays that way until activated. There is a tiny metal, flexible disc inside. When the disc is bent or “clicked”, it triggers a chain reaction crystallization process of the chemical that heats up. This is of course oversimplified compared to the Solar Thermal Fuel technology, but is suffice to convey the concept in simple terms.