I was inspired by msantos' post/guide for installing a solar panel in an HCH-II
, so I decided to try something similar in my Nissan Altima Hybrid to supplement the 12V battery (NOT
the high-voltage battery).
I decided to get the most powerful solar panel I could find that would fit on my back deck. After lots of researching, I ended up with a 15W version that's a little larger than 11"x17":
I got it, along with a controller, from a company called Green Energies, LLC
for about $121 delivered. It was actually cheaper to buy through one of their ebay auctions than through their site.
Anyhow, the controller keeps the panel from overcharging the battery, while protecting the panel from getting zapped. On msantos' recommendation, I also installed two inline fuses on the positive lead: one before the controller, and one after it.
So far so good. Not sure of the FE results yet. Probably won't make my money back for a long time, if ever. But, it looks cool and I get a lot of questions from eco-minded people!
Here are some shots I took. I have styrofoam supporting it from underneath, and between it and the glass, to keep it on an angle and away from my hybrid battery air intake.
Here's the controller mounted in the trunk:
Here's where I connected it to the 12V battery (which is in my trunk):
Thanks again to msantos for the inspiration and technical support!