Solar Man Cave - The ABC Solar Research and Development Center

ABC Solar Incorporated
24454 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505
PH: 1-866-40-SOLAR
PH: 1-310-373-3169
CA License #914346

Welcome to Solar Man Cave

Welcome to the Heart of Solar Innovation: The Solar Man Cave

Step inside the Solar Man Cave, an 8' x 10' shed transformed into the epicenter of renewable energy experimentation and innovation. This isn't just any shed; it's a meticulously designed space where the potential of solar energy is pushed to its limits, courtesy of ABC Solar and the inventive mind of Bradley Bartz.

A Glimpse Inside the Solar Man Cave

Harnessing the Sun's Power:

The roof of the Solar Man Cave is more than a shelter; it's a powerhouse. With two 165-watt Mitsubishi Solar Panels from 2002, this setup isn't just about generating energy; it's a testament to the durability and long-term efficiency of solar technology. These panels charge a battery bank connected to a 2000-watt inverter from the year 2000, showcasing the leap in renewable energy technologies over decades.

Light and Insulation:

A Solar Tube punctuates the roof, channeling the soft, natural light into the cave, illuminating the space without the need for additional power consumption. The walls are lined with 1" insulation panels, topped with a reflective coating to ward off heat, maintaining an optimal temperature within, regardless of the scorching sun outside.

The Cool of Innovation:

To the left of the entrance, a SunFrost DC Refrigerator/Freezer stands as a symbol of efficiency. Directly powered by the Rolling Battery PPS, it showcases how renewable energy can seamlessly integrate into our daily lives, keeping our essentials cool and fresh.

Thermal Mastery:

At the heart of the cave lies an 80-gallon solar tank, connected to a pair of 4'x10' copper-framed solar thermal collectors. This setup is not just about storing water; it's an intricate system designed to harvest and store thermal energy. A 4-port flat plate heat exchanger, driven by a high-temperature pump, circulates fluid between the tank and the collectors, demonstrating a practical application of solar thermal energy.

A Hot Tub Like No Other:

Imagine a hot tub, heated not by conventional means but by the power of the sun. An Aquatec diaphragm pump, operating on 12 volts, draws water from the tub, cycling it through the heat exchanger, then back, warmed by the solar storage tank's capability to reach temperatures up to 170°F.

Powering Life:

Adjacent to the refrigerator, the Rolling Battery PPS, accompanied by an expansion unit, stands ready. This isn't just a battery; it's the lifeblood of the Solar Man Cave. From powering the SunFrost refrigerator, two vibrant fish ponds, and soil heating for a lush planter, to managing the hot tub's temperature on demand or through automation, the Rolling Battery PPS exemplifies the harmony between technology and sustainability.

The Solar Man Cave Experience

This space is more than a collection of innovative technologies; it's a living, breathing demonstration of the potential for renewable energy to transform our world. Each component, from the solar panels to the Rolling Battery PPS, works in concert to create a self-sustaining ecosystem that challenges our perceptions of what's possible with solar energy.

A Call to Explore:

We invite you to dive deeper into the workings of the Solar Man Cave through our detailed posts and updates. Join us on this journey of discovery, innovation, and inspiration as we explore the limitless possibilities of solar energy, one project at a time. Welcome to, where the future of energy is bright, and the innovations are endless.

Expanding the Vision: The Solar Man Cave's Advanced Capabilities

As if the innovation within the walls of the Solar Man Cave wasn't impressive enough, its functionalities extend far beyond, embodying the essence of sustainability and resilience. The Solar Man Cave also plays a pivotal role as the control and power hub for an off-grid fire protection system and operates an eco-friendly hot tub that epitomizes efficiency and cleanliness.

The Off-Grid Fire Station

Nestled within the capabilities of the Solar Man Cave is a sophisticated off-grid fire protection system, designed to offer peace of mind and safety in the most sustainable manner possible. This system boasts a 550-gallon water reserve, maintained under 75 psi pressure, ready to spring into action through 1.5-inch PVC pipes leading to 10 remotely controlled big-gun sprinkler heads. These sprinklers are capable of projecting 28 gallons per minute each, covering an impressive 60 feet in a pattern that ensures maximum area coverage for fire suppression.

This remarkable system is powered directly from the Solar Man Cave, utilizing the energy stored in the Rolling Battery PPS. This integration showcases a novel approach to fire safety, combining environmental consciousness with essential safety measures.

Solar-Powered Hot Tub Perfection

Adjacent to the Solar Man Cave stands a lean-to structure, home to three 390-watt solar panels. These panels are not just supplementing the power for the Rolling Battery PPS; they are the backbone of a sustainable leisure system that powers a solar pool pump. This pump is the heart of the Solar Man Cave's hot tub, circulating, filtering, and activating the jets, all without costing a dime in electricity.

The water in this hot tub isn't just propelled by solar power; it's purified to perfection. The Rolling Battery PPS also energizes an UV Sterilizer within the solar hot tub's heat exchange loop, ensuring that the water remains crystal clear and sanitary, offering a guilt-free relaxation experience that's as clean for the environment as it is for you.

A Hub of Sustainable Innovation

The Solar Man Cave stands as a testament to the practical application of renewable energy technologies, demonstrating that sustainability can extend into every aspect of our lives, from emergency preparedness to daily comfort. This project not only pushes the boundaries of what's possible with solar energy but also inspires us to reimagine how we can integrate these technologies into our lives for a sustainable future.

Join us at as we explore the depths of these projects, offering insights, updates, and inspiration on how you can bring a piece of this innovative spirit into your own space. Whether it's safeguarding your surroundings with an off-grid fire station or enjoying the simple pleasures of a solar-powered hot tub, the Solar Man Cave is your gateway to a sustainable future, today.

ABC Solar Incorporated
24454 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505