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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Good Idea Creative Services (March 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098378471X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983784715
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phillip Hurley is a quantum presence and an energy magician.
He has been acknowledged as a pioneer in integrating science and mysticism - applying rigorous inquiry to the practice of meditation, and using deep intuition to guide technical experiments.
He is both a renewable energy technician and a yoga initiate of Goswami Kriyananda (founder of the College of Occult Sciences and the Temple of Kriya Yoga). Phil has been teaching Tantra Yoga, Hermetics, Astrology and QBL for more than 40 years, and is an enthusiastic student of sanskrit.
He has been experimenting with and writing about renewable energy since 1993, an activity which he considers to be a practical and helpful expression of yoga in the Kali Yuga, the present era of humankind. Some of his original inventions are detailed in his books such as Practical Hydrogen Systems, Build a Solar Hydrogen Fuel Cell System, and Build Your Own Fuel Cells.
He is a great admirer of Ben Franklin and in particular appreciates Franklin's ability to remain focused playing chess with a naked Madame Brillon in her bath.

Customer Reviews

This book was very informative.
Raelene M. Kennedy
One of the things I really like about his style is that while he tells you exactly what you need to do, he also makes sure you know it's not the only way.
J. Greene
Very well illustrated on all steps of construction.
Edmond Rivera

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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By J. Greene on June 19, 2012
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I usually only purchase items that have been thoroughly reviewed by other buyers. So when I bought this book I felt like I was taking a bit of a risk. It ended up being a risk worth taking. I won't bother giving you a list of everything in the book because you can find that quickly enough by clicking on the "Look Inside" button over the product picture. The table of contents paints the picture very well. I would like however, to talk about tone. The author, Phillip Hurley, is a natural teacher. He talked me through the steps of making my first solar panel in a way that gave me confidence. And he kept me entertained as well. One of the things I really like about his style is that while he tells you exactly what you need to do, he also makes sure you know it's not the only way. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to tinker in their spare time.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Greyson50 on December 9, 2012
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I personally found this book really easy to read. As somene who is used to reading and dealing with such concepts as 'quantum physics', I found this read a nice break. However, I get the impression that is was not written to be a 'stand alone' manual on all the concepts behind photovoltaics. It gives a basic 'how to' with lots of great ideas on how to make the process of building solar panels a little easier, and what to do with the scrape. This reader would also recommend "Photovoltaics For Dummies" for a more comprehensive idea of the science behind solar energy. As far as actually building panels, I decided to follow this books instructions because of the simple common sense approach in which the way the book is presented. So far everything has worked out very well.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By number one nation on October 11, 2012
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Very basic format, which is exactly what I was after. Very happy with this book. Would recommend this to any novice.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Agunman on April 19, 2013
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Great wealth of info on construction and maintenance of homemade solar panels. Also helps in the repair of store bought panels.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul on January 7, 2013
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Being a retired electrical enginner, I find that this book is very accurate and helpful. I would recommend this for to wnybody
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Intelligent_Designer on July 10, 2013
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I won't give away exactly why this is but I've been researching this topic for years and this book was the only source of information where a particularly delicate subject was explained with enough detail to save me roughly $.20 a watt on my panel constructions. Because I have about 200 Watts worth of cells ready to go, this translates into a very respectable savings. Thank you very much to the writer and everyone involved for such a detailed and accurate step-by-step guide, with proven techniques, to building your own panels from the ground up. Excellent resource!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doc on February 23, 2013
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The book was ok as far as getting a general sense of how to build solar panels. It did take some of the mystery out of how to build them, but could have used some better photos and angles. Worth a read if you want to know how to build a solar panel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon on January 26, 2013
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This is an outstanding book and it simplifies the building of Solar Panels. The author does a good job of explaining the different ways to build them and the materials that should or could be used. The only bad thing about the book is that some of the links in the back are not good any more. Overall this is an outstanding book for anyone who wants to build their own solar panel.
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