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The Utility Of Rv
The functionality and advantages of an rv solar panel is still a new concept to many RVers. Most of
them believe that and that a rv solar panel system either is not
practical or that the systems are too complex and expensive.
However after you'll experience the concept of solar power generation you'll agree that it is a tool of
The concept through which solar energy works
isn't an overly complex one. The solar panels convert the sunlight into energy through a
process which is knows as a photovoltaic process, hence the name
photovoltaic cells or solar cells. A large majority of solar
cells are made up of semiconductor silicone. As light hits the
cells, the semiconductor absorbs it and electrons on the
semiconductor are excited, excitement which in turn causes them
to move and to create an electrical reaction in the form of a DC
charge. The DC current will then be either used immediately or
routed to batteries for storage.
After this little intro
into the technology of a solar panel, here are the components
one may need to set up an rv solar panel system: of course a solar panel, a charge
controller, a storage battery and a power inverter.
wire together more than just one rv solar panel in order to generate enough power for the
needed output. The crucial factor one must take into
consideration for choosing the right type of rv solar panel is the semiconductor material used in the
production of that particular rv solar panel. You need to know that crystalline panels
produce power more efficiently and also have a longer life span
that the other semiconductor materials. In order for your rv
solar panel system to work you'll also need a charge controller;
this will monitor the batteries and when current is needed it
will supply it in the right amount. The charge controller has a
voltage regulation to ensure that the batteries will not be
damaged by excessive voltage since 12V solar panels can produce voltages up to 19-21 volts
depending on the amount of sunlight.
The energy produced by
an rv solar panel has to be stored in batteries for future use. These types of
batteries are called "Deep Cell" batteries because they are
designed to be discharged and recharged over and over again. The
amount of power needed will of course determine the amount of
batteries you need.
The lights in RVs usually work on DC and
they can be operated directly form the storage battery; however
the rest of the appliances run on AC power, and in this case
you'll also need a power inverter to convert the DC power into standard AC
current. Inverters will usually come in two types, "True Sine
Wave" and "Modified Sine Wave". The modified sine wave inverters
are usually cheaper and can be used to power basic AC power
devices. The true sine wave inverters are best for sensitive
electronic equipment like laptops.
If you'll need a higher
voltage, you can of course connect more rv solar panels together. Connecting two 12 Volt 5 Amp rv solar panels together in series will give you 24 Volts 5
Amps; connecting them in parallel will give you 12 Volts 10
solar panel or panels are then connected to the charge
controller. The controller will then be connected to the
batteries. And then the batteries will be connected to the power inverter. The power inverter can then be connected to route AC power to
the RV's electrical outlets.
Having an rv solar panel system
will prove invaluable when your camping or on the go.
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