How functional is Solar during the rainy season?

Getting a solar home system installed is an amazing investment that will guarantee any householder comfort and 24 hours electricity. But after installation, you may begin to wonder if you will still get the maximum energy you need when the rains come. Is it still possible to get energy when it rains or when the weather is cloudy?

Fact:

Solar home systems are designed to work on sunny, cloudy and even rainy days!

How do we know?

A solar home system has solar panels as part of its major component.

Solar panels are made up of Photovoltaic cells that use direct (majorly) or indirect (infrared & diffused) sunlight to generate power.

Photovoltaic cells are built to work under a much wider spectrum of visible, infra-red as well as ultra violet wavelengths. This makes them less sensitive to the unavailability of direct sunlight.

Hence on cloudy days, solar panels can produce electricity from both visible light and infrared light. The rain doesn’t make the atmosphere completely black. There will always be visible light even during the harshest weather conditions and it will penetrate through clouds and rain.

 

Infrared light is even more effective in reaching your solar panels because it has longer wavelengths than the visible spectrum does.

Diffused Light from the sun bounces off the ground and tall buildings. It collides with clouds, dust and haze. It also reflects shiny or light-colored surfaces such as snow and bodies of water. These are all diffused light that your solar panels will absorb during the rainy season.

During this season, solar power production may be reduced but will not come to a halt. Although diffused or reflected light is less intense than direct sunlight, it still helps your photovoltaic system produce electricity

Do the rains help when they come?

Rains are actually good for your solar panels. They wash away dust, bird droppings, and pollen grains off your lighting system – which in-turn keeps your photovoltaic panels clear of dirt and debris and helps your solar panels to operate and get energy more efficiently.

 

How can electricity generation be further improved in rainy seasons?

Proper positioning of your solar panels ensures that it will absorb as much energy as possible. Check if there are trees or buildings blocking the sun rays from reaching your solar panel. There should be no shadow anywhere on your panels.

If you wish to know more about Solar Home System and what it takes to own one, click here

 

Energy and sustainable development in Nigeria: the way forward

 

Power is one of the major problem small, medium and large corporations face in Nigeria. It is a major constraint on ease of doing business in Nigeria with about $12 billion spent annually by businesses and individuals on generators.

According to a global policy and advisory firm in June 2019, households owned about 22 million small petrol generators, as a research by NOI Polls and referenced by Bloomberg disclosed that an average power supply of only 9.2 hours a day was provided to households as of first half of 2019.
The yearly cost of powering these generators, which is estimated at $12 billion, is said to be twice the country’s annual infrastructure budget. The lack of access to electricity and unreliable power supply causes an annual economic loss of about $29 billion, according to the International Monetary Fund.
This means that the more dependent Nigerian households and businesses are on generators, the more holes it drills into the pocket of businesses, households and the economy.

The best solution for Nigeria is a hybrid system where you integrate your solar panel with your generator set and reduce your diesel consumption by 50%.

Boost for TV Access Among Nigeria’s Underserved with Sunking

 

LAGOS, Nigeria –SolarityPlus, an organization that designs, distributes, and finances solar home energy systems, partners with Greenlight Planet to distribute the recently released the latest addition its Sun King Home 400 series, this time with a 24-inch solar powered television. This product introduction represents the company’s most recent step toward providing Nigeria’s off-grid population with quality access to lighting, entertainment, and information. The 24-inch TV comes as part of the Sun King Home 400 plug-and-play solar home system, along with two tube lights, two hanging lights, a motion-sensor security light, and an optional torch and radio.

Peter Ejimudo – Chief Operating Officer and co founder of SolarityPlus , says, “Televisions have become a crucial part of the home and social life even in rural areas of Nigeria. The Sun King televisions will open up a world of experiences for customers. They will provide families with increased access to information from all over the world, ensuring that they are updated with current affairs, news, and educational content.” The first iteration of the Sun King Home 400 featured a 19-inch television, and it has already enabled 60,000 new television viewers in Africa. “With the larger 24-inch TV, we are confident we will further boost access to entertainment in Nigeria

The Sun King solar powered televisions are built with the durability, longevity and performance needs of the modern rural consumer in mind. An energy conservation feature ensures that the system’s stored energy is efficiently utilized by features our consumers value most: light, television runtime and mobile phone charging. The efficient lithium battery also ensures a long lifespan: customers can expect at least seven years of maintenance-free usage. The television can channel content from a variety of sources, including a port for USB memory sticks as well as HDMI input. Competitively priced and built to function in rural and urban environments alike, the brilliant Sun King Home 400 series with solar powered televisions are set to extend television access to Nigeria’s under-electrified households.

Through the Sun King EasyBuy pay-as-you-go technology, customers also have the option to purchase their Sun King Home 400 through flexible installment plans, enabling the majority of Nigerian households to affordably bring this robust solar powered system home.

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Nigeria’s poor power supply and how hybrid system could work for businesses

Nigeria faces the triple challenge of providing reliable power supply, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and keeping energy affordable to consumers.

The availability of electricity in Nigeria has worsened over the years. The country has been unable to meet demand because of its policies, regulations and management of operations. Its failure to provide adequate and reliable energy is well documented, specifically its impact on the economy.

Its commercial and industrial sectors have become heavily reliant on self-generated power, using petrol and diesel generators. This accounts for nearly half of all electricity consumed.

Nigeria’s shortage of reliable power supply is a constraint on the country’s economic growth. The country needs to diversify its economy beyond oil and gas revenues, because that market is volatile. But if the energy-hungry private sector invested more in self-generation to make this possible, pollution would rise. An increase in self-generation would increase greenhouse gas emissions.

There’s extensive literature on the energy solutions that could provide reliable power supply. But most of it has focused on small-scale systems such as solar power for rural homes. There is still need for power in urban areas, not just for lighting homes but for powering commercial and industrial operations.

We sought to address this gap by examining the economic and environmental viability of hybrid off-grid power generation solutions for urban commercial centers. We looked for solutions that were affordable, reliable and sustainable. We took into consideration the fact that unreliable supply imposes indirect costs on people. Our work suggests that a combination of power generating technologies could help meet Nigeria’s triple challenge.

We surveyed 40 commercial centers in the commercial capital city of Nigeria, Lagos, to establish their most common activities. This informed load demand projections. We found that the majority of businesses in these commercial centers were boutiques, cyber cafes, salons, tailoring, barbers, betting shop, restaurant and grocery shops. Small-scale petrol generators served most of the commercial outlets on every shop floor.

We also interviewed three business owners from the commercial, education and entertainment sectors, who told us more about the economic, social and environmental costs of unreliable power supply.

Economic and social costs

A respondent in the commercial sector discussed the impact of electricity unreliability on business performance. He runs a male grooming salon. He said he couldn’t operate air-conditioners for long periods and the heat affected his business productivity.

In the education sector, our respondent highlighted the amount of time spent shuttling the school and business centres to ensure learning materials are always available to students. When the power is off, these centers are the cheapest places to produce paper-based learning materials.

And the entertainment sector interviewee said his turnover was halved when the power was off. Being a musician and music record producer in the digital era means that everything in music’s creative and distribution process is online and depends on power supply.

In evaluating the impact of electricity unreliability on quality of life, the commercial sector interviewee enabled us to draw the link between power supply, business profitability and personal stress. Financial worry can take a toll on mental and physical health. We heard about the stress of working around the power supply situation. Particularly, the disruption to sleep patterns caused by having to catch up work outside normal hours. The power supply situation also has an impact on the health sector. Especially, in providing health care services.

Unreliable power supply comes with environmental cost too. Petrol and diesel generators increases pollution, with a negative impact on climate change and human health. In turn, environmental damage can result in agricultural job losses

National electrification efforts

Nigeria’s electrification initiatives have favored the expansion of centralized power systems to meet urban energy demand and decentralized power systems for rural areas. Such an approach could still leave a shortage of electricity in urban areas because of the continued movement of people from rural to urban areas in search of better quality of life. Extending the electricity reach of centralized systems might be costly, particularly in meeting the demand of the new urban population.

The most practical solution for countrywide electricity access is the combination of centralized and decentralized power systems. These solutions would ideally provide uninterrupted power supply, have cheap operating costs and be environmentally clean.

Our case study on commercial centers met all three objectives with a system that combined power generating technologies (renewable and non-renewable sources). Results further suggested that excess energy generated by these systems can provide electricity to other sectors, including residential areas.

The model solution was an integrated hybrid solar-photovoltaic based power system with inbuilt inverter and battery storage.

The system operates on solar power for an average of six hours a day. Solar-PV is the preferred renewable energy technology for Nigeria because of abundant sunshine. Diesel and petrol generators are used for the other 18 hours of the day. Solar-PV and a diesel generator meet the average and peak daily load demand. The petrol generator meets the daily low load demand. The system takes one to three months to set up, directly where it is needed. It’s modular and scalable and puts energy security in the hands of households and businesses. They can monitor energy costs, savings and emissions.

In our model, the system met 56% of the commercial center’s total energy demand from solar-PV and the rest from generators. The operating costs were minimized by meeting the bulk of the daily demand with solar-PV. This also helped reduce environmental pollution.

Our study shows that such a hybrid system can help Nigeria address its triple challenge of unreliable power supply, pollution and the economic cost of electricity to businesses and households. But for such a solution to power residential areas and communities from its excess energy, government would have to create an enabling environment.

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Are Candles Bad for You? From Scented to Unscented

You may  be wondering if scented candles are bad for you. Your curiosity may have started after seeing the ingredients list on your candles or wondering about the effect burning candles have on indoor air quality. These are all valid concerns and we’ll be addressing these and more in our article below.

Why burning candles can be harmful

Candles work when you light the wick, which is the string sticking out of the end of the candle. When you light a candle by holding a flame to the wick, heat melts the wax at the top of the candle. Now in liquid form, the wax seeps into the wick and begins to burn on its own. As the wax burns, the flame on the wick continually melts the candle and draws fresh liquid wax into its fibers. The wax, as fuel for the flame, combusts and becomes smoke, carbon dioxide, water, and a few other substances in the air.

Anything that releases smoke decreases the air quality around it, whether it be a coal plant, a burnt piece of toast or a scented candle. The main culprits behind the health risks in scented candle smoke are particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and lead. Lead is a lesser concern since it was banned by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) in 2000

As with nearly anything that burns, candles release particulate matter. Candles, because of all of the extra ingredients added to give them their smell, release higher rates of particulate matter. The highest amount of particulate matter is released once the candle is blown out and visible smoke is rising from the wick. Particulate matter is so small that the particles can get deep into your lungs and cause respiratory problems and even contribute to lung cancer.

Additionally, burning scented candles create a wide variety of volatile organic compounds, which are a family of chemicals which include things like formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. While some scents can have aroma therapeutic benefits, many of the scents contained within candles are artificial organic compounds and not always healthy. Some scented candles release amounts of volatile organic compounds which are far above safe limits and don’t even need to be lit to release these compounds. On one side of the health effects, volatile organic compounds can cause irritation and allergic reactions. On the more serious side, volatile organic compounds have been linked to damage to vital organs, including the liver, kidney and central nervous system.

The biggest health risk associated with scented candles is the lead contained in the wicks of some brands. Lead was routinely used in the manufacture of candle wicks for decades. It helped the wick stay upright as it burned. Once the risks of lead became apparent, the candle industry voluntarily agreed to remove lead from its wicks. Despite this, studies have found 8 percent of brands still include lead in the manufacturing of their candles. Some scholars contend that no level of lead is safe and even tiny amounts of lead exposure are dangerous.

Particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, and lead are especially troublesome for small children and pets. The respiratory and nervous systems of these smaller beings are especially sensitive to external toxins. Lead is especially dangerous, as it is known to cause severe developmental problems in children.

What to burn instead of candles

If you’re concerned with having the best possible indoor air quality environment in your home, burning candles can pose some challenges to this mission. Candles are of particular concern since, as we mentioned earlier, they release potentially toxic volatile organic compounds without even being burnt. Here are some alternatives to consider instead of burning candles to light up your room, shop or environment .

  1. Sunking pro 200 :

 

This solar lamp dose not only light up your room 10X than candles, but also comes with a mobile charging function that allows you charge your phone on it. Cost effective. Reliable . Zero health risk . 5 year life span. check product on jumia click here

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