Build your own solar powered computer

That article from Computer Power User is long gone, but I found this hopefully helpful article  at Tom’s Hardware –,1680.html



I sure was surprised today when the mailman brought my new issue of Computer Power User (CPU). The cover story is entitled “Build a Solar-Powered PC & other high-tech projects.” For the solar powered computer, they selected components very carefully to minimize power consumption and maximize performance (CPU is very good at that – its for people who build their own computers, like me). Then they built a solar array consisting of 3 12-volt Alps ATI-130 Multicrystalline Photovoltaic Solar Panel Modules, which produce a nominal output of 130 watts each, an inverter, batteries and a charge controller. They put a great deal of thought into the solar array components, and go through their thought process for selecting each one.

You need to be a subscriber to read the article on line, but you should be able to pick up a copy of the November 2008 issue which should be available soon at your local bookstore or newstand.

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