Articles by Jim Bruce

10 Examples of Non-Renewable Resources 10 Examples of Non-Renewable Resources
Crude oil – an example of a non renewable resource 10 Examples of non-renewable resources are: Petroleum/crude oil Natural Gas Earth Minerals Coal Groundwater Land Surface/Soil Plastic Nuclear Energy Biomass Energy (in some cases...
Jim Bruce Jim Bruce November 23, 2022
Why Is Geothermal Energy Considered a Renewable Resource? Why Is Geothermal Energy Considered a Renewable Resource?
Is Geothermal renewable or non-renewable? What is a renewable resource? A renewable resource is any part of the Earth or its processes that can be used by mankind and can be renewed naturally faster than it can be used. Geothermal...
Jim Bruce Jim Bruce November 23, 2022
What Are 3 Disadvantages of Geothermal Energy? What Are 3 Disadvantages of Geothermal Energy?
What are three problems with geothermal energy? The main 3 disadvantages of geothermal energy are: It is location-specific and depends on favorable drilling conditions Capital cost is high, both for drilling and for energy conver...
Jim Bruce Jim Bruce November 23, 2022
Why is Geothermal Energy not Always a Renewable Energy Source? Why is Geothermal Energy not Always a Renewable Energy Source?
Geothermal energy is not always a renewable energy resource because the steam pressure that powers the turbines may run out. There will always be new places to build geothermal power stations, but a single location may not always...
Jim Bruce Jim Bruce November 23, 2022
Can I Charge Car Battery With Solar Panel? Solar Panel To Car Battery Can I Charge Car Battery With Solar Panel? Solar Panel To Car Battery
Yes, you can connect a solar panel directly to a battery, but it is strongly recommended to use a solar charge controller unless the solar panel is very small. As a general rule, a 5 watt solar panel can be connected directly to t...
Jim Bruce Jim Bruce November 22, 2022
What Is The Grid-Tied Solar System? How Does Grid-Tie Work? What Is The Grid-Tied Solar System? How Does Grid-Tie Work?
What is a grid-tied solar power system and how does it work? It’s no secret the world is turning green. People are gravitating toward renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, which are part of the green revolution.  This is...
Jim Bruce Jim Bruce November 22, 2022
What Size Charge Controller For 400w Solar Panel? What Size Charge Controller For 400w Solar Panel?
What size solar charger for a 400W panel? What size charge controller do I need for 400 watt solar panel? As a general rule, the average 400 watt solar panel has a current output of 10 amps and open circuit voltage of 50 volts. A...
Jim Bruce Jim Bruce November 22, 2022
How Much Solar Power Do I Need To Run A Refrigerator? How Much Solar Power Do I Need To Run A Refrigerator?
Some weeks ago I posted an article examining the possibility of running an ordinary household fridge with solar panels and concluded, like most other solar bloggers, that it generally needs about 4 solar panels for the average ref...
Jim Bruce Jim Bruce November 22, 2022
How To Test A Solar Panel | How To Check Solar Panel Output How To Test A Solar Panel | How To Check Solar Panel Output
Solar Panel Testing How-To Guide This instructional post not only shows how to test any solar panel but also what the tests mean in practical terms. The tutorial covers the basics of multimeter use up to the importance and practi...
Jim Bruce Jim Bruce November 22, 2022
Solar Powered Air Conditioning - Solar Air Conditioner For Home Solar Powered Air Conditioning - Solar Air Conditioner For Home
Solar powered air conditioning is perhaps the Holy Grail of the home solar energy field, particularly in very hot and humid countries. A simple and easy-to-build DIY solar powered air conditioner makes a great project, but there’s...
Jim Bruce Jim Bruce November 22, 2022
Can You Put A Trolling Motor On An Inflatable Kayak? Can You Put A Trolling Motor On An Inflatable Kayak?
After several attempts at designing a system that worked and was safe, I eventually succeeded in combining  a kayak motor with a solar charging system, modular in design and easy to put together. You can put a trolling motor on an...
Jim Bruce Jim Bruce November 22, 2022
How Do Solar Panels Work? FAQ About Solar Panels Operation How Do Solar Panels Work? FAQ About Solar Panels Operation
Solar panels can be used in and around the home, garden and outdoors. The big questions is: Which Solar Panels Are Best For Home, RV or Camping Use? A great place to start is to have some basic understanding of what a solar panel...
Jim Bruce Jim Bruce November 22, 2022