The Solar (powered) Shed

by Ryan Trullinger
(Gothenburg, NE USA)

The Solar (powered) Shed

The Solar (powered) Shed

I designed this shed based on Eco-Friendly techniques. Some of the materials are recyclable, for example the aluminum framework for the greenhouse portion, which consists of 2X4" rectangular tube for the "studs" which are on 24" centers instead of 16" centers(there by reducing material costs). The only exception is I used 4X4" aluminum tubing for the outside corners.


The structure is placed on a concrete slab that is 8" thick, this increases the thermal mass for passive solar heating. The slab is covered with quarry tile (also known for its passive solar heating storage characteristics.

The north section (the dark side)is made up of standard 7" stud walls with the studs again on 24" centers.
All the windows and doors in the north section are high efficiency composite material design.

Clerestory windows in the upper south facing wall provide additional natural light, and can be opened for ventilation.

Lastly the structure should have ample power for lighting ,ventilation, and overall power needs. The PV array on the south (greenhouse) area roof is capable of producing 2800 watts at 24 volts dc.

The intended use for this shed is work and play, as a design studio/home office, and of course a greenhouse.

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solar panel influencing design
by: Anonymous

if the importance of the shed is centered on solar orientation and optimization, then the entire shed form and design should reflect this, instead of the solar panels being tacked on..

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Clarification
by: Ryan T

To optimize the solar panel efficiency, at least where I live, the panels should be adjustable from 18°~64° depending on the time of year.
And yes the shading over the growing area may be an issue, I am redesigning the whole thing to get away from this problem, at this time it is still a work in progress.
Thanks to both of you for your comments. Ryan

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nice design
by: Anonymous

the design of this office shed is well thought out, but seems a bit oversized (the height). not sure what all this space can be used for... i think the idea of an office shed is something personal in size. i do not see why the solar panels have to be "raised" from the roof and seperate elements, cant the roof slope equal the solar panel orientation? this size of this shed seems more like a small cabin than an office shed. but, overall i appreciate the design

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I love solar sheds
by: John

The sun is an underpowered resource for us in Northern Latitudes. Making more use of it for solar heating and electricity generation is great.

What effect would the shading by the pv roof panels have on the solar growing area below?

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