Off-Grid Solar and Wind-Generated Power
Topic: Solar Power
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Scattered within these Web Pages are prose, pictures, and comments of issues that may become of interest to anyone that is looking to change their lifestyle, hunker down, get closer to God, be free of a monthly bill, untether and unbeholden to another entity, or whatever other reason that one might have to become closer toward self-sufficiency.
Each project here in Springfield Ohio was primarily accomplished pro-the micro-needs required at the time.
As an example, when it was found that the modem/router/server was potentially dragging down the "main" battery bank, it was time to devote a battery bank, charge controller, and solar array JUST for the modem/router/server's use.
A larger problem was that of the security system.
In this building alone there are a 24-camera dvr and 5 micophones that record day and night and every minute in between.
The security systems alone pull over 20 amps!!!
If going off-grid and needing a security system, consider non-ptz cameras, non-infrared, and non-powered external cases.
I'm living in the exact opposite of my advice.
The thing about cameras is that if they are ptz cameras, and regardless of whether or not they are on the scan mode, or the batch record mode, or whether they are in fixed mode, the nicer cameras are not going to be 12v.
The required higher voltages for the better cameras force the need for an inverter, another device that could potentially fail.
The increased consumption also could demand for yet another solar array and battery bank ensemble to accommodate the required voltages.
Below is a photo of the 16-camera DVR but the real charmer is the 24 camera system. At present there is about a dozen DVR's here, most of them 4 and 8-camera DVR's, and others that are collecting dust needing some servicing.
Having the battery banks not bulked together, lessened unfortunate surprises.
The use of micro-power stationsdecreased incidents of panic (low battery power at critical times).
With less continual high draw imposed on the battery, allowed for a healthy battery that rarely falls below 12.4v by morning under load (that's a good thing).
Also, if using solar panels, like wind generators, make sure there are blocking diodes in the loop.
Solar electricity was the chosen alternative to Monopoly Electricity in Springfield Ohio. Despite the new "laws" stipulating all sorts of inspections, licensing, and fees to anyone that might wish to be grid-tied, Off-Grid was the necessity to not partake in financing bad business. It is believed that monopolies finance the creation of laws that pretty much put a damper on improving our lives, our communities, our world, and the improvement of existing technologies.
So rather than place the solar panels on the roof as my military helper was free to do for me down in Florida,
I've had to resort to other means of installing the panels in Ohio.
The amount of panels seen above and below, were enough to go off-grid in Florida. Not so, in Ohio. Ohio's lack of sun and wind equates to more expense due to the need for more panels, batteries, wire, controllers, inverters, ad nauseaum, to compensate for the lack.
Below are the early Ohio installations, still no trackers as of yet.
The free-standing unit below does not track (yet).
The photo below showing a new installation ready for a 48v solar array.
Most of the solar arrays here are 48v and require special charge controllers, referred to as MPPT (maximum power point tracking technology). MPPT allows charging a 12v, 24v, or 48v battery bankregardless of what configuration the solar panels are in. In other words, a 48v solar array can charge a 12v battery bank or higher just fine; whereas the common pwm controllers require panel array and battery bank to be in like configuration (or bad things could happen).
The bus with over two thousand watts-worth of panels, installed as adjustable awnings and roof-covering atop the bus. Although not easily seen in the photo to the right, there is a solar panel mounted to the hood of the engine compartment. For years that panel WAS the alternator! In fact it worked so well that while in the Florida sun it was never noticed that the bus did not actually even have an alternator (in Ohio, the bus had to have an added alternator that not only decreased gas mileage, but also was over-priced at over $200.00! If there were more space I could have purchased two more solar panels to equate the alternator's output in the day time).
Late Night Notes:
I'm editing this website at 4:40am, the lights are on, the desktop computer is on, the firewood stove fans are on, the security system and microphones and cameras and freezer and monitors, the server and at this present update, even the washer is on, and more. Everything is operating free of charge without any damage to our breathable air or drinkable water (as opposed to nuclear and other monopoly-powered plants that the bulk of society is complicitly financing).
However, this property is not entirely untethered from the monopoly electricity yet, there's a 220v well pump that needs to be replaced with a lower volt pump. I found a 110v that will work but getting the 220v out of the hole is a trick.
Regardless if there's any grid energy used, the monopoly still sends a bill. The monopoly powers call this fee an, "availability of service fee".
Too bad we citizens cannot institute the same fee right back at them for our services that don't get used!
Most of the lighting at this location is comprised of 12v not from the 110v grid. The lighting is 12v lighting directly from a 12v power source (batteries), which has numerous advantages over 12v from the 110v grid, or via an inverter.
When plugging an appliance into an ON-grid scenario, you pay for electricity that will never be able to be used.
For instance, plugging in a 5v or 12v phone or light into a 110v wall socket is immediate loss (and potential early termination of your appliance or phone, etc.) due to the step-down device incorporated into either your power adapter, or the device/appliance itself, which eventually tends to fail. The conversion process is what causes the loss.
Direct current = less loss.
If you're thinking of venturing off grid, the adjustment isn't so traumatic as one might pre-suppose. The hardest part will be standing before the judgment of others, those that prey upon us for our every action and undertaking. It is they that hold us down from being able to freely do good for ourselves, our community, and the future of our world.
Many fall to the wayside at this hurdle.
It takes only one member of a family tree to make virtually forever electric power for generations to come
(long after that member becomes deceased).
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