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Old 05-20-2020, 06:05 PM
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Parts are starting to flow in now, today received the solar panel charge controller. Pictured shows the unit along with the remote access blue tooth device. I'll be able to operate and change parameters while in use with my smartphone.

Here's a link to the specs on the unit, the device in the picture is white, mine is black. If I build this as planned I'll be connecting two 100 watt solar panels to the controller.

https://www.amazon.com/Renogy-Rover-...ef_=ast_sto_dp
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Old 05-20-2020, 06:22 PM
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Moose, it really isn't about zombies or WWIII. I live in California, we have more natural disasters to worry about. From earthquakes to floods, to having our power turned off for weeks at a time in case of fires. Power lines hitting tree's...instant fire.

Thank God my son who lives above 4,000 feet has generators so he's good. Question is, what happens when he runs out of gas...Hence solar

Also looking ahead to winter next year...little sun but a whole lot of wind. I'm already gathering parts for a wind AC generator.

Using snow shovelheads for the four-wind blades. At the bottom of the windmill is a 140 amp one wire car alternator, connected to the same inverter.

Who said this shit ain't fun?
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Old 05-20-2020, 07:02 PM
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Moose, it really isn't about zombies or WWIII. I live in California, we have more natural disasters to worry about. From earthquakes to floods, to having our power turned off for weeks at a time in case of fires. Power lines hitting tree's...instant fire.

Thank God my son who lives above 4,000 feet has generators so he's good. Question is, what happens when he runs out of gas...Hence solar

Also looking ahead to winter next year...little sun but a whole lot of wind. I'm already gathering parts for a wind AC generator.

Using snow shovelheads for the four-wind blades. At the bottom of the windmill is a 140 amp one wire car alternator, connected to the same inverter.

Who said this shit ain't fun?
I actually like a lot of self efficiency and think it's a lot of fun. Before this whole quarantine shit began I was looking into solar.

I just painted folks with a broad brush and was wrong - but what you guys are doing is pretty cool IMO.
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Moose, it's cool man...enjoy the ride

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Moose, it really isn't about zombies or WWIII. I live in California, we have more natural disasters to worry about. From earthquakes to floods, to having our power turned off for weeks at a time in case of fires. Power lines hitting tree's...instant fire.

Thank God my son who lives above 4,000 feet has generators so he's good. Question is, what happens when he runs out of gas...Hence solar

Also looking ahead to winter next year...little sun but a whole lot of wind. I'm already gathering parts for a wind AC generator.

Using snow shovelheads for the four-wind blades. At the bottom of the windmill is a 140 amp one wire car alternator, connected to the same inverter.

Who said this shit ain't fun?

You say you are building an AC windmill, but are using a DC car alternator. Could you elaborate on that just a little?
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Old 05-23-2020, 07:55 AM
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Woody,

Although I called it an AC windmill it's actually a DC windmill with an AC inverter. The snow shovel blades turn a shaft connected to a one-wire dc car alternator. The alternator is then connected to a car battery with the dc to ac converter also connected to the battery. The alternator keeps the battery charged as the inverter uses the power to run ac devices. I hope that answers your question. It's a really simple device to build.
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Can't say I have ever ran across a one wire alternator. I assume it is self exciting with an internal voltage regulator which 3-wired alternators have? I will have to look into that as an interesting project.
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