My contributions to our DAP Ventura Project include our group journal entries,and creating prototypes. Last week after taking the notes on the RV Electrical Systems. I really wanted to focus on what would the best type of power source that would be Eco-friendly and also affordable for my group trailer. My solution for the power source is to use Solar power because it is a renewable energy.Solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. When light hits the cells, electrons in the cells began to move in all directions and generate direct current electricity.Each cell has a potential voltage of .5 volts.An minimum of 36 standard cells in a series are required to generate enough voltage to charge a 12-volt battery. But in our case for the project and budget we will not be using the 36 cells in a series because of the size of our trailer.
One problem with getting solar panels on our trailer is that it would be over our budget for the trailer and also we would have to pay someone to install it on the trailer which would just cost more money. If me and my group where to get solar panel we would probably get a self making solar panel kit that would be sold on the internet or any Eco friendly store like the Tree House which is basically like the Whole Foods of Home depot. The cheapest solar panel kit that I found was about 600 dollars but that is still too much for my groups budget in my opinion for only lighting.
I would like me group to go into the LED lighting route for our lighting situation in the trailers. LED stands for “light emitting diode”. A diode is an electrical component with two terminals which conduct the electricity only in one direction. With an electrical current, the diode emits a bright light around the small bulb. While at the wonderful field trip to Tree House and Eco – Friendly construction store one of the founders of the store Jeff or his name was Jason…. Anyway LED lighting can save up to 85 % of the electricity used by incandescent bulbs and up to 50 % of electricity used by fluorescent lights , and LED bulbs can last up to 20 or 30 years. Which means that we will really be getting a BANG FOR OUR BUCK! Although priced from other stores may vary the LED lights at The Tree House was out 50 to 60 dollars. You can also find cheaper ones on the internet at many Eco sites.