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Posted by Ben Farmer on Sep 26, 2006 04:56 pm

#16 -  Renewable Energy > Technical Discussion: Other > Re: Choosing solar modules
I would focus on the Sanyo 200's since they are a Hybrid Amorphous/Monocrystalline panel which will produce power at lower light levels as well as increase the charging time for your location. Click on the link below to view.---Ben

Posted by Ben Farmer on Sep 24, 2006 12:48 pm

#17 -  Renewable Energy > Technical Discussion: Other > Re: Cranking and deep cycle batteries
Hello Jorge,
  As you already know, motor batteries (cold cranking batteries) will work for backup power but not as well as deep cycle batteries.  I cannot tell you the percentage that deep cycle will last as compared to the cold cranking, but it would be in your best interest to invest in a deep cycling battery for having predictable energy storage.  What you could do is get a battery bank monitor such as the Bogart Trimetric to see the results yourself.   
  As for connecting dissimilar batteries, you should not do this as the brand new batteries will work at the lowest common denominator, and in essence become just like the old batteries. Your best bet is to buy a whole new battery bank. I put a link below for you to view some options on batteries as well as the battery bank monitor.---Ben

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Posted by Ben Farmer on Sep 23, 2006 01:07 pm

#18 -  Renewable Energy > Technical Discussion: Other > Re: Remote power supply needed to power heat tape.
Hello Tom,
  At that altitude you should have plenty of sun. What about solar hot water heating? You could run this all day and store the hot water in the tank, and then circulate this with another pipe connected directly the the length of pipe you trying to keep from freezing, and then surround both pipes with insulation.  This would be a much more affordable solution.  Not sure if this could be done given your situation, but just trying to think outside the box for you.  And solar water heating is much more efficient at creating heat than through solar electricity to run a heating load. ---Ben

Posted by Ben Farmer on Sep 20, 2006 10:43 pm

#19 -  Renewable Energy > RE General Discussion > Re: Can I use Microhydro?
Hello Chris,
  If you can get 2 ft of vertical drop and 500 gallons a minute, you can get a steady 100watt output from the LH1000 by ES&D. Click on the link below to view. ---Ben

Posted by Ben Farmer on Sep 16, 2006 09:11 am

#20 -  Renewable Energy > For Sale > Re: Wanted Wind generator for RV/Motorhome
Have you already checked out the Air-X's? The link is below.--Ben
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