Meet Solarious

Welcome! If you’ve ever wondered what you’d need to do to reduce your burden on this earth, we’ve already got something in common! Ever since completing an Outward Bound-type zero-impact wilderness trip in college, I’ve been fascinated (and terrified) by the ways in which we leave our marks on this beautiful planet. Well, fast forward a few years… I live as energy-free a life as possible without actually having made any conscious changes in my lifestyle. With the global environment in a tailspin, it occurred to me that this is no longer enough. So, here goes. I’m running from the grid. I don’t know yet where I’m headed or how I’ll get there, but you’re more than welcome to join me for the journey. And if you know more than I (which you probably do!), then please, do enlighten me! See you on the trail!

Are you a fan of Solarious? Want to support the cause? Check out My Alternative Energy Product Wish List

(to see a little more about my own efforts to reduce my traditional energy consumption, check out the “experiment” category of posts, and read the post that started it all here: Breaking Ground.)

Here is a diagram of the solar panel which inspired this whole experiment:

The circuit consists of 33 individual modules hooked up in series.

To see pictures of the actual panel, see this post: Car Mechanic’s Solar Heater

4 Responses so far »

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    easysolarenergy said,

    Hi Solarious,

    I love your blog. I have a group of solar energy enthusiasts that I am going to recommend it to. Please check out my blog and link to me if you like it.

    Regards

    ESE

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    Melody said,

    your blog is great! I’m thinking about switching to biodiesel and you had some good info and links.

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    Mike, the Geek said,

    Hey, Solarius!

    It’s me, Mike, the guy that gave you your first Solar Panel… Howzit goin’? I can’t seem to find any pictures of your project, or what you’ve done with that old thing…. Did you ever fix the intermittent connection? Did you hook up a Charge Controller and a Battery(ies)? Perspiring minds want to know!

    Take Care!
    Mike

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    solarious said,

    Hi Mike! A million thanks for starting me down this journey. Just recently, I was able to get the panel receiving at full strength for lengths of time, so it’s time to put a battery on the system, charge it up, and see what sort of amperage is getting through! It gets great voltage, that’s for sure! I’m going to post more pictures very soon, and I’ll be sure to let you know.


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