Canary, you are such a gifted engineer, I have a question for you.
This morning my solar powered rain forest island is not working. The pump is not running.
Could it be that the sun is not shining and it is raining ???
"This morning my solar powered rain forest island is not working. The pump is not running."
Check the pump fuse.
All anyone can do is make a guess from the info given, but basically solar cells receive photons from the Sun, and converts them into electricity to run your rain forest pump(s). Therefore your solar cells should produce electricity on both sunny and cloudy days, just more electricity is produced on sunny days. And of course at night there's a major shortage of photons, so essentially no electricity is being produced, and thats why you need to be switched over to a electrical grid, or over to a gas run generator of some type to produce the energy required to run your household or business at night.
There are numerous solar cell systems out there, one has a battery system that allows you to store energy in the batteries then use it when needed, but most allow you to feed access electricity back to the power companies, thus cutting down on your electrical bill.
PS: Fighter, just because I'm an engineer by trade doesn't mean I'm expert on all things, or anything for that matter, because nobody is, I just try to use some of the tools I've learned from school and work experience to figure things out, and thats all most of us can do.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Canary, thanks so much for your help. Sorry it was a joke. If you would have paid any attention, you would know that I am a solar fan. Beside this a good friend of mine most likely will be the first one who will fly around the world with his solar plane and I have an investment in his company. Maybe you can conclude that I understand the basics of solar power. I have spend many hours helping him with his plane. And I am not talking about our electric plane, I am talking about a solar plane.
What I love about my rain forest rain is that I can literally see the strength of the photons from the sun hitting the small solar panel and the hight of the water sprouting out of the fountain nozzle reflects this strength instantly. No batteries or storage involved. Every cloud changes this strength. Temperature of course makes no difference. Solar planes climb and cruise during the day above the clouds, at night they slowly glide losing altitude and using up the battery stored power they have to gain back the next day. This solar power management is pretty similar to the all electric plane to get peak performance.
What is a solar powered rain forest island? Is it a decoration fountain, or a solar powered sprinkling system? If it is raining, why need to run this pump? If seems like your "rain forest" is getting natural rain. Why the need to pump additional artificial rain, if there is already natural rain falling on this? Sane minds are curious to get an explanation. TIA (Thanks in Advance.)
I had a fountain competition with my wife in sunny California. she was inching ahead with her designs until I build the rain forest island.
Drilled holes in bizarre Lava rock with a solar pump hidden inside and an imbedded fountain creating rain all over the island and the surrounding water. Succulent plants in the holes create an unbelievable cute looking jungle on the rocks, looking like a tropical paradise. Moss crowing on the rocks and little rivers running into the "ocean"
When sun comes up in the morning it starts raining on my three islands. The fog maker creates the mystery and I sit on my porch and drink coffee, eat cake and post on this MB
Now beat that.
And this is just the beginning, My lionel train on my breakfast table delivers the bacon and the jelly and a special rain sound machine is just one other thing to bring fun into the valley of the sun.
What a life. LOL LOL
Re: "Canary, you are such a gifted engineer, I have a question for you. This morning my solar powered rain forest island is not working. The pump is not running.
Could it be that the sun is not shining and it is raining ???"
FP, why ask canary who might not even live near you? Just look out the window and check for yourself.
Sentiment: Strong Buy