Electricity generation is probably the most important part of modern life. And much nonsense is talked about it, mainly by people who have not generated 1 watt themselves.
Well I have, & so I'd like to add my half pennoth of electricity generation knowledge to the argument.
I've been experimenting with producing my own electricity off-grid for the last 10 years, & I do so quite successfully; & I can tell you that it can't be done on a regular, everyday basis from wind power. I learnt that about 6 months into my project! Secondly, the pre-requisite to any off-grid project is to reduce your need for electricity. Then you're in with a chance of success.
I generate my power from solar panels, 6 one hundred watt panels, 4 heavy duty lead-acid storage batteries, a 75amp wind generator, feeding through a 1400watt converter system to produce my 240 volt supply, & direct 12 volt DC for lighting & some electronic equipment charging; & all backed up by a 4.5 kilowatt LPG fired generator. This latter comes on at either low battery voltage or high 240v circuit demand.
As for percentage of power from each source: it depends on the weather & the time of year, but a good majority comes from the solar panels. As for wind, anything from nil to 50% I would guess. And the genny comes online for the washing machine.
But remember the prerequisite! Cut your usage down before ever you start to go down the off-grid road! Otherwise you'll be pissing in the wind---when it blows, that is!
Saturday, 18 April 2015
Friday, 3 April 2015
An interesting article, well worth a read if you found my last blog re UK energy policy useful.