household solar Articles

  • Household Water Treatment Options in Developing Countries: Solar Disinfection (SODIS)

    Household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) interventions are proven to improve water quality and reduce diarrheal disease incidence in developing countries.  Five of these proven HWTS options – chlorination, solar disinfection, ceramic filtration, slow sand filtration, and flocculation/disinfection ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Calibrating an optimal condition model for solar water disinfection in peri-urban household water treatment in Kampala, Uganda

    In low income settlements where the quality of drinking water is highly contaminated due to poor hygienic practices at community and household levels, there is need for appropriate, simple, affordable and environmentally sustainable household water treatment technology. Solar water disinfection (SODIS) that utilizes both the thermal and ultra-violet effect of solar radiation to disinfect water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Assessment of the potential of using photovoltaic panels in a typical Mauritian household

    With the depletion of fossil fuel reserves and rise in the price of oil, it has become of utmost importance for Mauritius, which is highly dependent on those resources, to seek for alternative energy sources to meet its growing energy demand. Being a small island developing state, Mauritius is also highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Solar energy, which is clean, inexhaustible and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Filtration & Chlorination Systems: Household Water Treatment Options in Developing Countries

    Five household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS)  options – chlorination, solar disinfection, ceramic filtration, sand filtration, and flocculation/disinfection – are proven to improve microbiological quality and prevent diarrheal disease in developing countries.  Other options – such as filtration & ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Solar disinfection of natural waters with modified solar concentrators

    Solar water disinfection is a proven method for household purification of drinking water. Compound parabolic collectors (CPCs) have been used to enhance the inactivation rate of microorganisms. In the present study, a modified CPC with a higher concentration ratio of 1.1 was employed to further speed up the process. A large number of tests were conducted with water samples collected from ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Free solar for Africa?

    The African continent is not homogeneous. The constant gap between the way we perceive the north of the continent and the harsh reality that the South is going through is often surprising. Many start to see and praise the "African miracle” progresses. However, many obstacles remain for Africa to impose its way. The sun, is a natural, free and abundant wealth in the African land, would it ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar Streetlights Are Bright

    Solar lighting is being adopted by very many households and they are now becoming a common fixture on streets. They are famed mostly for the savings they bring about in terms of energy bills and maintenance costs and that anyone who uses solar lighting is contributing to a reversal of the damage done by carbon ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar Glossary of Terms

    If you are new to the solar world, there are a few phrases you need to master in order to expertly navigate your way to the best solar installation for home. Here is a brief explanation of all the terms you may encounter during your solar journey. Energy Audit This is an audit conducted by a professional that measures electricity usage in the ...


    By NRG Solar LLC

  • Solar Glossary of Terms

    If you are new to the solar world, there are a few phrases you need to master in order to expertly navigate your way to the best solar installation for home. Here is a brief explanation of all the terms you may encounter during your solar journey. Energy Audit This is an audit conducted by a professional that measures electricity usage in the home. The results allow homeowners to ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

  • The Growing Solar Industry

    Solar industry is still growing despite the several crises it faced so far this year. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the worldwide solar capacity will grow by 37 gigawatts in 2013 when it grew by 30.5 gigawatts the previous year. Strong interests toward solar industry are shown, mostly from Asia. During the second quarter of the year, solar systems’ shipments were ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • What Are Solar Buildings Technologies?

    Solar buildings technologies use the non-polluting power of the sun to help heat, cool, and power our buildings. Because buildings now use one-third of the energy currently consumed in this country, the potential markets for using solar buildings technologies in place of conventional ones is substantial. Whether you're a home owner, architect, builder, business owner, or industry or utility ...

  • Solar Glossary of Terms

    If you are new to the solar world, there are a few phrases you need to master in order to expertly navigate your way to the best solar installation for home. Here is a brief explanation of all the terms you may encounter during your solar journey. Energy Audit This is an audit conducted by a professional that measures electricity usage in the home. The results ...


    By NRG Solar LLC

  • Robert Kennedy Jr. goes solar with NRG Home Solar

    When Robert Kennedy Jr. moved to his Malibu, California home he wanted to put solar panels on his roof as quickly as possible. “We have a big household – we have seven children. My kids always have friends here so there is a lot going on at this house and there is substantial energy used.” There were several reasons he wanted to go solar. “You’re doing ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

  • Five Reasons For And Against Solar Energy

    As the world begins to recognize the damage, we have done to the Earth; renewable sources of energy are being examined. The benefits are numerous for solar energy, and the disadvantages are great. Weighing all the pros and cons is simply prolonging the time people should be using towards educating others about solar energy and if it is doable in the next ten or ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Benefits of A Solar Powered Security Light

    Security lights are important to every neighborhood whether it is composed of residential or business premises. This is because, as the name suggests, they provide added security to an area. Taking this into consideration there is a need to have them everywhere.   They are usually required to stay on for very long hours but looking at cutting costs would lead you to the green ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Tips on Cleaning Your Solar Lights

    Solar lights are not a common part of life or lighting in many households but they are gaining a bit of ground. Most of them are used outdoors and this means that they will definitely get dirty after a while. These lights require regular maintenance but the fact that these lights are placed outside means that you will probably check on them less often. You will find no moving ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Effectiveness of solar disinfection (SODIS) in rural coastal Bangladesh

    Scarcity of drinking water in the coastal area of Bangladesh compels the inhabitants to be highly dependent on alternative water supply options like rainwater harvesting system (RWHS), pond sand filter (PSF), and rain-feed ponds. Susceptibility of these alternative water supply options to microbial contamination demands a low-cost water treatment technology. This study evaluates the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • How to grow a solar energy garden

    Getting energy from the sun is a great idea. However, installing solar panels house-by-house is slow, costly and cumbersome, and downright inefficient if the goal is to bring solar to the masses. This problem troubled Paul Spencer after he built his own uber-efficient, custom solar home near Aspen, Colorado in 2004.  The engineer and serial entrepreneur wondered how he could replicate his ...

  • Solar power plant and sustainable rural development in Slovenia

    This paper investigates potentials and opportunities in the development of solar power plants in rural areas in Slovenia as a supplementary or as an entrepreneurial activity to generate incomes and sustainable rural development. The focus is on agricultural household buildings. The estimated viability of the solar power plant investment is sensitive to the size of the surface areas of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Renewable Heat Incentive to Boost Solar Installations in the UK

    The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which was initially launched in November 2011 for industrial, business and public-sector organizations, is now open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords, and self-builders. The scheme pays participants to use renewable energy to heat their homes and is expected to boost revenue in the household solar panel installation market while at the same ...


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