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Solar power without panels on your roof

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by: Hans van der Broek
Solar power without panels on your roof

The need for solar energy

The urge for energy is getting bigger every day and the old fossils fuels are polluting and over time will run out. So why not start using solar power in a simple way. Thus, to be more sustainable and getting used to organize your live without gas, oil or coal generated energy To collect solar power by solar panels is not possible for everyone. For some its too expensive to buy panels, some have no roof to install them. And even when people have a roof it is not always pointing in the right direction. Fortunate there is still more and more small-scale techniques where solar cells are integrated. There are a lot of innovative ways to harvest solar power without the need of expensive solar panels.

Solar Powered Bike

If your bike is standing still it will be charged by solar cells. When in use, the battery and the solar cells will supply the energy for the engine when in motion. There are bikes which run on solar power and don’t require peddling because they run on the solar power which is absorbed. Solar bikes store the generated electricity in batteries. The stored electricity can be used to power the bike but it also can be used to charge small electric devices like: phones and tablets. Of course, phones are nowadays often used to navigate while biking.

Solar Lights

Lights and especially LED lights don't use a lot of electricity. Therefor it is not necessary to install solar panels. Many of these solar lights are used in developing countries, where there is no grid or if there is no money to install solar panels. Often it are lights combined with solar cells. They can be charged at daytime and some of the solar lights go on for ten hours. There are also solar lights which are specially developed for use outside. Some are even provided with a motion sensor which can be used for security. It only lights up when motion is detected.

Solar Power Plug

Its a small box which is portable. It can be mounted on a wall or window. There is an outlet where you can plug in electronical devices. The box itself exists out of solar cells and a battery. Because the box is portable you can take it anywhere the recharge your low voltage equipment. 'Power on the go'.

Solar Powered Backpacks

We all like to travel and because of all the electric gadgets we nowadays have we need also electricity. Some backpacks are provided with solar cells so you can carry your stuff and generate electricity at the same time.
woman with red blocked shirt sitting on a tree with red backpack, solar panel and mobile phone
The backpacks are waterproof and you can charge your phone or tablet while 'on the move' There are also solar backpacks which have an integrated battery. So even in the evening you have electricity for a light and to get connected with the outside world. Solar Cookers

Solar Cookers

Cooking costs a lot of energy. Besides in many countries people still use wood or charcoal. Solar cookers make it possible to cook without using above or gas or electricity. There are many different kinds of solar cookers. Box cookers with solar panels on the side which absorb the heat.
Vietnamese lady with helmet standing next to a solar box heater
Photo by: Hans van der Broek

The parabola designed cookers are very efficient. You put a pan in the centre of the mirror and all solar energy gets concentred in the middle where the pan with water or food is. With a little sun it will start cooking already very fast. You also can put a metal plate in the centre for barbequing. Cooking generally cost an enormous amount of energy and using these solar cookers saves lots of electric energy, gas and wood. So, no use of fossil fuels, less pollution and thus better for the environment.
Vietnamese people standing around solar cooker
Photo by: Hans van der Broek

Solar Water Heaters

There are solar water heaters in all kind of versions and sizes. There are which have oil or water filled tubes. The oil filled tubes stay longer warm and their heat release lasts longer. When mounted on a roof in the sun it will generate hot water as long as the sun shines. Its already common use in tropical countries for industrial and residential use.

Portable Solar Generator

If you need more electricity than just for charging your phone or tablet you can buy a solar generator. You can combine this generator with small solar panels. Together you have a powerful self-sufficient electricity system. Of course, the unite are supplied with different outputs from USB to 2020 Volt. Lights, electric tools, cool-boxes, laptops, smartphones and other equipment can be supplied with energy with this 'portable socket' Solar Powered Water Pumps Solar water pumps are ideal to use in remote areas. There are portable ones and pumps which can be fitted permanently. With these pumps it is not necessary to install wiring which can be dangerous in certain situations and expensive. Of course, the ones with only solar panels stop at sunset but the ones with a battery can run up to five hours after being charged fully at daytime.

https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/energy/solar

 

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Hans van der Broek, founder Founder and CEO of WhatsOrb, world traveller, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Hans has countless ideas and has set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He also has an opinion on everything and unlimited thoughts about how to create a better world. He likes hiking and has climbed numerous five-thousanders (mountain summits of at least 5000m or 16,404 feet in elevation)  
Hans van der Broek, founder Founder and CEO of WhatsOrb, world traveller, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Hans has countless ideas and has set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He also has an opinion on everything and unlimited thoughts about how to create a better world. He likes hiking and has climbed numerous five-thousanders (mountain summits of at least 5000m or 16,404 feet in elevation)  
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