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 – http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/technical-foundations-diy-solar-powered-pc,1680.html

 

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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.

11 thoughts on “Build your own solar powered computer

  1. Hmm I really want to read this article now…

  2. please send info

  3. you’ll need to go to http://www.computerpoweruser.com and see if you can buy the Nov 2008 issue. Or maybe your local library could possibly have it.

  4. Hi, I built my own which has a weight of 20 ounces, and the power of a laptop, with a projector display (Capable of very large screens) see info:
    http://digitalsurveyinstruments.com/beagleperiphials/solarcomputer/index.htm

  5. Better have a very large UPS to buffer your power… What if a large cloud passes and the solar panel doesn’t pump enough power to your computer? Kidding. =)

  6. Wow! Thanks for the heads up on this, I have been wanting to build a solar powered web server for a green project of mine. I am going to try and find the issue, and take a loop at geckosenator’s site above

  7. Go check out my solar powered computer – runs off of DC insted of DC to AC to DC….

    http://solarcellsr.us

    Waldo

  8. This was really good, thanks.

  9. i have to do project on-solar computer.please help me.

  10. This does not help

  11. that article is no longer posted at Computer Power user. I did find this guide at Tom’s Hardware – http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/technical-foundations-diy-solar-powered-pc,1680.html

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