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31 MAY 2012

Thermal Panel fitting

After several problems with slate suppliers, the builder who is replacing the front roof was able to get nearly all the slates installed by yesterday and we then fitted the solar hot water panel frame and pipework onto the...

26 MAY 2012

Arduino Solar Logging Installed

Following from Arduino based Solar PV and Hot water monitoring and logging posts the various hardware and parts of the software have been installed into the PV control cupboard and the new logging hardware and software is...

13 MAY 2012

Arduino Solar Logging Update

Following from Arduino based Solar PV and Hot water monitoring and logging post the various hardware and parts of the software have been installed, built and written. After two busy weekends working on the project the...

13 MAY 2012

Arduino Mains Water Pump Logging

As part of the solar hot water system (view other blog posts) we have been installing onto our home we wanted to be able to keep track of the time the solar water pump is running. To monitor the pump we decided to use...

13 MAY 2012

Arduino Mains Voltage and Current Logging

As part of the solar hot water system (view other blog posts) we have been installing onto our home we wanted to be able to keep track of the mains electric being used by the house. Based on the open source OpenEnergyMontor...

13 MAY 2012

Solar Hot Water Install Dual Coil Cylinder

Next stage of the solar hot water install, fitting a new dual coil hot water cylinder. The new cylinder was 150mm taller and 70mm wider than the old hot water cylinder which was installed before which required all the...

03 MAY 2012

Arduino based Solar PV and Hot water monitoring and logging Part 2

Following on from my post Arduino based Solar PV and Hot water monitoring and logging we have designed and created the new PCB (printed circuit boards) for the MCP9801 temperature sensors and also a PCB to hold a mains relay...

02 MAY 2012

Solar Hot Water Install Stage One

Following on from my post about the Arduino based Solar PV and Hot water monitoring the solar hot water kit has arrived from Navitron. The photos below show the initial plumbing stages for installing the system. We are...

29 APRIL 2012

Arduino based Solar PV and Hot water monitoring and logging

We are upgrading our DIY PV off grid system with extra panels and also a solar hot water system using a kit from http://navitron.org.uk/ with a 20 tube 58mm double wall evacuated tube solar collector on the roof and a new...

02 JUNE 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Seven

Putting it all together Built the first of four panels today and got it installed on the roof. I am still waiting for the 12v 15amp cable roll for the other three panels, which I ordered over a week ago and the supplier...

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