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Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by allCopacetic: 9:29pm On Jan 10
So I stopped by at a newly built fuel station in my vicinity on my way out. while waiting in line, I casually glance at a sign post on my right and I read an inscription that instantly grabs my attention…..”Solar Service Station” I immediately read the line again to be sure I was reading right. My first impulse was to look up and assess the kind of roof they managed to mount their panels on , and see if ithyjrtku was true.
Lo and behold, the roof covering was made completely out of solar panels……neatly arranged, neatly secured and neatly connected

Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by allCopacetic: 9:31pm On Jan 10
I was greatly impressed. A gas station,.. supplier of PMS, DPK,AGO taking the initiative to go green. Lol, What an amusing Irony. The suprising thing is, this is not a gas station in some highbrow, super-classy bourgeois neighbourhood.

Renewable energy sources are gradually becoming accepted as the better, more efficient, more reliable and more economical choice.
One might ask, How did we go from… reliable solar setups being exclusively for the extremely rich or very light users(loads)….to the present scale of application and deployment??
In retrospect I believe the most critical reason for the increasing success, popularity and deployment of solar systems across the world is the progress that has been made in the development and creation of energy efficient appliances, equipment and lightings.
This greatly surpasses the improvements in quality and efficiency of photo cells & panels, decrease in purchasing costs etc that has been experienced over the years. A very substantial decrease in electrical load translates into the most substantial decrease in the size and cost of setup adequate for various scales of electricity needs
TVs have gone from 250W boxes with cathode ray tubes…. to LCD… to LED… to OLED displays (many consuming less than 50W) etc. Each evolving generation accompanied by substantial increase in energy efficiency/ decrease in utilization.

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Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by allCopacetic: 9:34pm On Jan 10
Once upon a time, An average petrol station would need 5 to 6 nos of 1500W halogen lamps(9000W) to get adequate lighting…..then we progressed to (400 - 250)W Metal Halide lamps… and onward to LED flood lights and other LED lighting options. Now, an average petrol station with 5 to 6 100W LED Flood lights (600W total) will be better illuminated than one was then, with 5 to 6 1500W Halogen lamps (9000W total). That’s a consumption(load) difference of 8400W …. over ten times less energy than before. Now imagine how that affects the size and cost of the setup you need!!
These are just two examples. The same is applicable in many other areas.

As progress continues to be made in reducing energy requirements of appliances and improving the efficiency of solar equipment and systems… Fossil fuels will become tomorrow what floppy disks, rotary phones, and typewriters are today…..technology people thought would last forever.

Have You Seen one of These service stations in Your Neighbourhood ?
Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by Zector(m): 9:39pm On Jan 10
Later I will comment
Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by allCopacetic: 9:44pm On Jan 10
Daytime image on my way out...
notice the V roof design, as opposed to the inverted V or single slope commonly used.
When this gas station was under construction . I wondered why on earth they would want that kind of roof design, was it an aesthetics thing

Now it makes sense.... the use of the Vee roof design among other things makes keeping the panels in place easier, it takes care of the worry of the panels sliding down and off the roof due to gravitational pull, wind or some other external force. it also perfectly hides them , eliminating what can sometimes be unsightly arrangements on roof tops. Also, opposed to a single slope design... this Vee design ensures that at least half of the panels are getting optimal exposure throughout periods of sunlight

Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by allCopacetic: 9:52pm On Jan 10
Night time view ....on the way back home.

Low consumption, yet Excellent illumination with LED Lighting.

Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by allCopacetic: 9:55pm On Jan 10
Nice, modern looking pumps.

I bet a million bucks these are at least 20-30% more energy efficient than most early design digital pumps.

Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by brojero: 9:59pm On Jan 10
renewable energy is the way forward. Kudos to the owner of that petrol station for visionary planning
Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by allCopacetic: 10:09pm On Jan 10
brojero:
renewable energy is the way forward. Kudos to the owner of that petrol station for visionary planning

I kid you not.
60-70% of the AGO and DPK imported and consumed in Nigeria today is used for electricity generation...privately and corporately.
Imagine if that demand is eliminated, Imagine how it impacts our economy and foreign exchange.
Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by lastbaff(m): 10:39pm On Jan 10
Wow... This is so cool.
Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by mufutau55(m): 1:32am On Jan 11
Very nice. Energy Conservation at best.

Hajji M.

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Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by buzzetin(m): 1:53am On Jan 11
Cool,Nigerians really need to look for alternative source of power.
Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by kopell: 2:37pm On Jan 11
allCopacetic:
Nice, modern looking pumps.

I bet a million bucks these are at least 20-30% more energy efficient than most early design digital pumps.
I like that, from your experience in lay man team. What is the average energy consumption on 2 bedrooms apartment with everything inclusive. 3 -1.5hpAc, 2fans, 1 refrigerator, 2- 40" led TVs, and other common household items. Pls explain in details sizes of solar panels needed and capacity of energy required as an example, to have idea of cost. We need people like you that can explain all items loads, bulbs wax etc, pls don't assume many of us new what electricity load are average of what we may need thank you.
Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by allCopacetic: 9:17pm On Jan 11
mufutau55:
Very nice. Energy Conservation at best.

Hajji M.
Very good initiative.
In saner climes NNPC run stations would be in the fore, leading the way and showing others it can be done
Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by allCopacetic: 9:40pm On Jan 11
kopell:
I like that, from your experience in lay man team. What is the average energy consumption on 2 bedrooms apartment with everything inclusive. 3 -1.5hpAc, 2fans, 1 refrigerator, 2- 40" led TVs, and other common household items. Pls explain in details sizes of solar panels needed and capacity of energy required as an example, to have idea of cost. We need people like you that can explain all items loads, bulbs wax etc, pls don't assume many of us new what electricity load are average of what we may need thank you.
I have zero knowledge of solar setups oo cheesy
Just speaking from a general technical standpoint.

The most important thing is to efficiently utilize available power by minimizing your load.
Always Read the tech spec information labels on appliances and equipment, so you have an idea how much they consume. That way you know what will have a tendency to drain your bank.
Most household appliances are rated in either hp or W
1hp= 750W
Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by keziah123: 10:13pm On Jan 11
Total service station by Sheraton Ikeja has been running on solar since 2015. Same in Wuse Abuja, airport road kano and palms lekki.

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Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by allCopacetic: 8:53pm On Jan 13
keziah123:
Total service station by Sheraton Ikeja has been running on solar since 2015. Same in Wuse Abuja, airport road kano and palms lekki.
Oh really, That's interesting
Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by keziah123: 9:14pm On Jan 13
allCopacetic:

Oh really, That's interesting

Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by allCopacetic: 9:49pm On Jan 13
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That's nice , hopefully the initiative becomes widely adopted
Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by earthrealm(m): 12:28pm On Jan 15
kopell:
I like that, from your experience in lay man team. What is the average energy consumption on 2 bedrooms apartment with everything inclusive. 3 -1.5hpAc, 2fans, 1 refrigerator, 2- 40" led TVs, and other common household items. Pls explain in details sizes of solar panels needed and capacity of energy required as an example, to have idea of cost. We need people like you that can explain all items loads, bulbs wax etc, pls don't assume many of us new what electricity load are average of what we may need thank you.

this thread should answer all your questions. i produce btw 4kw to 7kw daily in my solar setup in the village, thus approx 2000kw/yr

http://www.nairaland.com/390522/solar-energy-complement-fta/202
Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by allCopacetic: 9:24am On Jan 19
earthrealm:


i produce btw 4kw to 7kw daily in my solar setup in the village, thus approx 2000kw/yr
Wow that's really self sufficient. You're basically off the national grid
Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by nextstep(m): 7:43pm On Apr 28
allCopacetic:
So I stopped by at a newly built fuel station in my vicinity on my way out. while waiting in line, I casually glance at a sign post on my right and I read an inscription that instantly grabs my attention…..”Solar Service Station” I immediately read the line again to be sure I was reading right. My first impulse was to look up and assess the kind of roof they managed to mount their panels on , and see if ithyjrtku was true.
Lo and behold, the roof covering was made completely out of solar panels……neatly arranged, neatly secured and neatly connected

allCopacetic, It looks like they've managed to make an entire roof with panels, with channels for drainage. Do you think the roof leaks when it rains? I was trying to make a roof for a hostel made from solar panels, but we had so many issues with leakage that I had to go back to use traditional aluminium span, and then panels on top. Very innovative design - the V roof is a smart idea - neatly done.

Re: Solar Service Stations....how Common Are These In Lagos ?? by allCopacetic: 10:23pm On Apr 28
nextstep:


allCopacetic, It looks like they've managed to make an entire roof with panels, with channels for drainage. Do you think the roof leaks when it rains? I was trying to make a roof for a hostel made from solar panels, but we had so many issues with leakage that I had to go back to use traditional aluminium span, and then panels on top. Very innovative design - the V roof is a smart idea - neatly done.

I cannot say for fact if it leaks . I have never been in the station during the rain, but i strongly doubt that it does.

I believe The company that did the installation has a presence here on Nairaland.

Very bold move on your part, I applaud your effort.

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