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Hi Everyone How can I get started to run my computer off solar power?

I have a gaming computer , its on about 8 hours per day.

Any reccomendation would be great!

Thanks

sunboy

 

 

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Hello

This is my setup:

1 x Asus Crosshair 3 Motherboard

1 x AMD 1060T CPU

1x Geforce 470Gtx

3 x 1TB Hard Drives

1 x 24inch LCD Monitor

1 x 8 gig ram

3 x 120mm Fans

1x 4,1 Speakers and ADSL router

I game for about 1-3 Hours Per day.

Would like to run my system on Solar. Is this possible?

Thanks!

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Hi Sunboy

 

With that kit in my opion you will be using about 220W on Idle to normal loads and 390W when you game.

Total Power:

5 Hours of idle to normal use: 220W x 5h= 1100Wh

3 Hours of gaming 390W x 3h= 1170Wh

 

Total: 2270Wh x 15% (Loss) = 2610.5Wh 

The average solar radiation level for South Africa is 5hours.

Thus we have 5hours of sunlight to make that 2610Wh.

 

To Calculate how many solar panels we would need , we divide the total Wh required by the sun-hours

2610Wh/5h= 522w

 

So you will need 522W of Solar.

I would go for two 300W tenesol Solar Panels. They go for about R2900 each and last for 25 Years.

I would also add a 100Ah Battery. They got for about R1200.

 

This will get your pc off the grid for the hours you require. You can always add more solar as you need :)

I really hope this helps you :)

Regards

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@sunboy, yes, you can mount solar panels on your roof.

Just make sure about which way they face and the angle of them.

Optimum angle is 32 Degrees from horizontal facing North. Please correct me if this is wrong.

 

As langgat did with his project, it would be better to mount the solar panels on a frame and fix the frame to the roof.

Normally you can lift some of the tiles and fix some straps to the rafters under the tiles to hold the frame fixed.

Then replace said tiles again.

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Hi Sunboy

 

With that kit in my opion you will be using about 220W on Idle to normal loads and 390W when you game.

Total Power:

5 Hours of idle to normal use: 220W x 5h= 1100Wh

3 Hours of gaming 390W x 3h= 1170Wh

 

Total: 2270Wh x 15% (Loss) = 2610.5Wh 

The average solar radiation level for South Africa is 5hours.

Thus we have 5hours of sunlight to make that 2610Wh.

 

To Calculate how many solar panels we would need , we divide the total Wh required by the sun-hours

2610Wh/5h= 522w

 

So you will need 522W of Solar.

I would go for two 300W tenesol Solar Panels. They go for about R2900 each and last for 25 Years.

I would also add a 100Ah Battery. They got for about R1200.

 

This will get your pc off the grid for the hours you require. You can always add more solar as you need [emoji4]

I really hope this helps you [emoji4]

Regards

Where to buy the panels for R2900 300w

Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk

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On 22/04/2013 at 3:36 PM, Energy said:

 

Thus we have 5hours of sunlight to make that 2610Wh.

I know this is a very old thread but having been on PV Outptut for a little over a month now and looking at the average efficiency of dozens of South African system would work on 3kWh/kw rather than 5. Just an observation and of no use to Sunboy now.

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On 22/04/2013 at 3:36 PM, Energy said:

 

Thus we have 5hours of sunlight to make that 2610Wh.

I know this is a very old thread but having been on PV Outptut for a little over a month now and looking at the average efficiency of dozens of South African system would work on 3kWh/kw rather than 5. Just an observation and of no use to Sunboy now.

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