what to do with single Yingli 235?

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xiphias
xiphias Solar Expert Posts: 52 ✭✭✭✭
Have access to a single Yingli 235. Wondering to what use it might be put around the house. Open to suggestions (other than 'buy 13 more'...).

TIA.

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  • dwh
    dwh Solar Expert Posts: 1,341 ✭✭✭
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    Re: what to do with single Yingli 235?

    Hang on the wall as modern art, ping-pong practice backboard, coffee table, doorstop, paperweight, block the bottom of a doorway to keep toddlers or pets contained.

    OH...almost forgot...charge a battery! :D
  • BB.
    BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 33,476 admin
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    Re: what to do with single Yingli 235?

    If this is the right panel ratings:

    Peak Power (Pmpp) 235 W
    Peak Power Voltage (Vmpp) 29.5 V
    Peak Power Current (Impp) 7.97 A
    Open Circuit Voltage (Voc) 37 V
    Short Circuit Current: 8.54 A

    Then you can only charge a 12 volt battery reliably and you would need a 15-30 amp MPPT charge controller for efficient panel to battery voltage conversion.

    If you use the 0.05 to 0.13 charging rate for the battery bank:
    • 235 watts * 0.77 derating * 1/14.5 volts * 1/0.05 minimum charging rate = 250 Amp*Hour 12 volt battery maximum
    • 235 watts * 0.77 derating * 1/14.5 volts * 1/0.13 maximum charging rate = 96 Amp*Hour 12 volt battery minimum
    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • xiphias
    xiphias Solar Expert Posts: 52 ✭✭✭✭
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    Re: what to do with single Yingli 235?

    That's the one. I see there's a bunch of MPPT units out there in that class. Will ponder this further.

    Thanks for the help.
  • tonystewart
    tonystewart Solar Expert Posts: 54 ✭✭
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    Re: what to do with single Yingli 235?

    Attach it to a charge controller and power solar attic fans
  • dwh
    dwh Solar Expert Posts: 1,341 ✭✭✭
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    Re: what to do with single Yingli 235?

    Seriously though...

    Look in the solar section of http://2manytoyz.com for some ideas of what to do with a small PV.
  • niel
    niel Solar Expert Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭
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    Re: what to do with single Yingli 235?

    if you want to you can get a small gt inverter like an enphase to feed that power back to the grid and lower your power used and your bill by that small amount.
  • icarus
    icarus Solar Expert Posts: 5,436 ✭✭✭✭
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    Re: what to do with single Yingli 235?

    Buy 13 more!

    Sorry,,, couldn't resist!
  • Ralph Day
    Ralph Day Solar Expert Posts: 1,019 ✭✭✭✭
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    Re: what to do with single Yingli 235?

    Some extruded aluminum legs to make a conversation piece coffee table?
  • xiphias
    xiphias Solar Expert Posts: 52 ✭✭✭✭
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    Re: what to do with single Yingli 235?

    All valid approaches. Many thanks. May look into enphase option.
  • Energy Efficiencies
    Energy Efficiencies Registered Users Posts: 11
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    Re: what to do with single Yingli 235?
    xiphias wrote: »
    Have access to a single Yingli 235. Wondering to what use it might be put around the house. Open to suggestions (other than 'buy 13 more'...).

    TIA.

    Sell it to someone else that doesnt know any better than to have (1) 235 w panel...or get a micro inverter and pay proportionally large permit fees to actually hook it up to your home Ac and have a 30 year payback period. This payback period assumes local electric rebates and shooting from the hip. The short of it is go big or go home...Permits are too expensive to grid tie one panel.