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13 Dec 2006 13:31 - zorro
Windpower installation March 07





Tuesday 13th March '07

This is a page for those interested in installing [ ... ]

Windpower
18 Nov 2008 18:09 - snipe

Windpower Update November 08


So its now November and our turbine has survived some heavy winds [ ... ]

Windpower
06 Nov 2009 17:08 - zorro
Windpower november 09

So the turbine has been working well now for over a year and a half, Fitting the smaller blades has really [ ... ]

Windpower
04 Dec 2009 12:24 - jimnoctor
Pv solar power


We have been living and working off grid for three years now, with electricity solely from [ ... ]

Power from the Sun
10 Mar 2011 11:10 -
Diary of a week 2007... 4 years later

10th March 2011


Four years have flown by, we have become one with the earth and energy here. [ ... ]

Off grid living
01 Mar 2012 19:07 - jimnoctor
Rebuilding Charlie

Rebuilding Charlie

Charlie has been providing our power here for the past 5 years , has weathered many [ ... ]

Windpower


We have been living and working off grid for three years now, with electricity solely from the wind. The leisure batteries which we purchased are depleated so we have no storage capacity and are just using power as it is produced. Most of the time this is fine for us but as the frosty days and nights approach, we will not be able to use the circulation pump to heat the radiators.

We have been thinking for some time now of solar power as a suppliment to get us through such times.                                                          So we set about getting the most suitable panels to meet our modest needs and our pockets. We purchased four panels from England and also four new  Carbon fibre batteries to store the excess power.

freestandingpanelWe needed to make a frame to mount them, so we went to our free suppliers!! the bog which has become a place where people seem to think if they dump their waste that it will just disappear (out of sight out of mind, I am biting my tongue here as I might go on and on......)

We soon found what we were looking for, some aluminium fencing. We took it home cut it to the required lengths and rivited it in place to make one large panel out of the four smaller ones

Our neighbour gave us the frame of a satalite dish which he no longer required, we concreted the tripod legs into the ground and mounted the frame onto it. We used large rocks and concrete to anchor the frame  as we dont want the wind to damage the panels  Next we  connected them up to the batteries through the Charge controller along with the wind power so that we have a duel system.  ..                   Not a moment too soon as the snow came a week later and stayed for almost six weeks. We had beautiful sunny days and no wind but lots of power. At the moment jimmy is working on a pic chip to track the sun, so that the panels will rotate to be in direct sunlight to maximise the input. Fot the present  we have the actuator arm fitted and we use a battery to point the panels towards the sun.
Recently he connected an Uhf radio link so that we can switch on and off the power when we require it. The UPS was using up power especially during the night. He is also working on putting the fan on an automatic switch so that I will on when the battery full and before it begins to dump the excess..





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