Hydroponics for Beginners

How-To Build your Own Hydroponic System for Beginners.
I tried to make this system as cheap as I could and as simple as possible. It was a learning project. I could have used other tools but used only the ones I had on hand.


Sun Fires 3 Large Flares ~ SOHO Down

3 IN A ROW!!! Saturday Nov.3, 2012 ~ The Sun Fired A Succession of 3 Large CME’s Today, then SOHO Website Goes Down. ~ Stay Tuned ~ tls2012


Let’s disassemble a solar battery charger

This solar charger was on offer at £9.99 and the large panel caught my eye. Officially I intend to use it to charge some batteries to power some lights in my shed but I thought I would just see if I could use it to power a small electric motor, maybe for a small solar car project. I was disappointed with it’s performance as it claims 12V 1.5W on the box and says it works in overcast conditions. To be fair it is only designed to trickle charge a 12v battery but I had hoped for something better than I got. In full sunlight it does perform better but I am still not impressed.

Filmed using FujiFilm FinePix S4800
Edited using Serif MoviePlus Starter Edition

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Using MPPSOLAR PATROL to change from Utility to Battery

Watching the 7am change back to grid & setting up web server with port forwarding.

Forum link to SolarPatrol download links



DIY MC4 Solar Panel wiring

MC4 connectors are the industry standard. They are designed for 10 AWG stranded UL4703 wire. The MC4 connectors are rated at 30 amps and have weather protection in the form of rubber seals in the endcaps and an O-ring on the main insertion plug. They have their own latching mechanism so they will not unplug on their own such as in wind or from the pressure of snow and ice. They are hard to beat.

This video shows a careful way for the Do it Yourselfer to use them.


Fusion: How to Put the Sun in a Magnetic Bottle – with Ian Chapman

Fusion energy has the potential to be one of the most important scientific breakthroughs. Physicist Ian Chapman explores the challenges in nuclear fusion and explains how the international ITER project hopes to demonstrate that fusion energy can be realised here on Earth.
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Ian Chapman received his MSc in Mathematics and Physics from Durham University in 2004 and his PhD in plasma physics from Imperial College London in 2008. He joined Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in 2004, rising to become the Head of Tokamak Science in 2014. He now leads a team of 100 scientists in both experimental plasma physics, primarily on MAST and JET but also collaborating worldwide on other fusion facilities, and theory and modelling research. Before that, from 2010-2014 he led the Stability programme within Tokamak Science.

His research has been recognised with a number of international awards, including the European Physical Society Early Career Prize in 2014, the Institute of Physics Paterson Medal (Best Early Career Physicist in Applied Physics) in 2013, the IUPAP Plasma Physics Young Scientist Prize in 2012 and the Cavendish Medal for Best early-career UK physicist awarded by SET for Britain in 2011.

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Multimeter Review / buyers guide: Fluke 287 / 289 data logging multimeter

A full review of my Fluke 287 graphical multimeter with data logging and TrendCapture.
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Fluke 287 details:

Large 50,000 count, ¼ VGA display with white backlight. Multiple sets of measurement information can simultaneously be displayed at the same time.
Logging function with TrendCapture is an essential tool for documenting the performance of your designs, processes or systems, or unattended monitoring while you work on other projects. It plots measurements as a single line to help detect signal anomalies over time, storing up to 10,000 readings.
Using on-board TrendCapture, you can graphically view logged readings without a PC. (Software and interface cable optional).
Log multiple sessions or log data continuously for over 200 hours.
i-info button. On board help screens for measurement functions. Unsure about a function? Go to that function and Press the “i” button.
Now, name your saved measurements and also recall measurements made in the field
Real Time Clock — for automatic time stamping of saved readings
Field upgradeable and expandable meter lets you stay current as new capabilities are added
Multi-lingual interface
Min/Max/Average with Time Stamp to record signal fluctuations
Soft keys, scroll buttons and easy navigation control access to secondary functions.
0.025% Basic DC accuracy
100 kHz ac bandwidth
True-rms ac voltage and…


10W 12v LED Floodlight with PIR detector

I couldn’t find a 12 volt LED floodlight with built-in PIR detector – it seems they don’t exist. But I found this 12 volt PIR detector on eBay for about £6 and connected it to a 12 volt 10 watt LED floodlight.


Simulink Smartgrid Simulation 1: The Basics

Requires: MATLAB/Simulink 2012b and SimPowerSystems blockset.

This video demonstrates how Simulink may be used to simulate smart grids or microgrids for a time-span of 24 hours. It uses a phasor solution for the electrical network instead of a time-domain solution.


Solar Conquest Server Shutdown by McBurger3614

This is a video if me (DoctorHack) Shutting down a roblox server for the game Solar Conquest


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