At the risk of sounding like a jerk,
I would have to say the best place would be the warehouse of the plant where it was manufactured.
Seriously though, did you know that the utilization of electricity by the masses has been going on for only about 100 years. I know elderly people that have told stories of their childhood and living without electricity. Mankind had survived on the planet Earth for well over 7,000 years without the electricity we all take for granted today.
In a lot of ways electricity has the affects of an addictive drug, but thats all I will say about that, since I dont know you personally.
What has the utilization of electricity actually done for mankind? Acid rain? Dead lakes? Respratory diseases? An ever increasing rate of increase of human population?
From the beginning upto the year 1940, world human population is estimated to have been 2 billion. From the years 1940 to 2004, world human population is estimated at 6 billion. By the year 1926, only 60% of the people in the United States of America had electricity in their homes. Thats just a little more than half.
Mankind does not need the utilitazation of electricity to survive on the planet Earth.
We never have.
It may come to the point where we have to abandon the utilization of electricity in order to survive though. Only time well tell.
Imagine that, a world with no utilitized electricity, oh wait a moment, we dont have to imagine, we just have to look at our history and what we have lost since the likes of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse walked this Earth.
Hold your horse's. I dont know enough about that particular inverter to suggest to you, buying a second one and wiring it into your breaker panel for 120/240 vac. The information available for the Aims 5,000 watt inverter is little more than a color brochure, even at the company who built it, web site. They make no mention of there inverter being able to produce 120/240 vac with a second inverter. They make no mention of it being able to produce 120/240 vac by itself.
There has to be a preciesly maintained offset of the two 120 vac legs, and this changes with varying loads, so there has to be an interface to maintain the offset between the master inverter and the slave inverter. The only one who could provide this would be that particular inverter manufacture, in this case Aims, and nothing on there web site even suggested that they make such a device.
I suggest that you do some more research first.
Then hire a professional, licensed electrical contractor to perform any electrical work done in or on your home. This would include getting the nesscessary permits and inspections.
also my aims converter has 4
>1500w outlets, can you double up
>on the outlets to form 3k
>watts. the manuel mentions nothing to
More than likley not. If you could see the back side of the outlets you might see that they are all wired together on one circuit, even though they might have different mini breakers. I am going to research Aimes inverters learn more about them.
As for pricing, it could be that the differences you see are for different inverter technologies. Squarewave, modified squarewave/modified sinewave (same thing), and sinewave, which is actually a whole lot of little steps. The only way to get a true sinusoidal waveform is from a rotating or spinning force. Everything else is just a close copy. We always see a representation of a waveform in one dimesion, but in reality its three dimensional look is like that of a slinky streched out.
Hope this helps.
It would appear that there is some conflict amoung the three devices. The question is, whats the conflict? I reviewed what nomenclature I could access on the three devices. For some reason I could not access any documents from Xantrex on the XP300 plus. So, based on that, this is my acessment.
If the X Power 300 plus is designed for plugging into a cigarette lighter and there is no PV source input "plug", then its built in battery charge regulation is designed for automotive charging systems which are lower in nominal voltage (14.6 or lower) than PV nominal charging voltages (16.5 or higher) for 12 volt nominal batteries. If I understood you right, direct PV power applied to the XP300p through its automotive charge input source, causes excessive gasing which means of course to high of battery voltage. Then with the Solsum 8.8 in line the battery doesnt get enough of a charge to replace the amphrs used within say 4 hours of equivalent full rated charge.
The Solsum 8.8 would appear to be a little too protective. It sounds as though it is getting "confused" and diverting the differences in voltage to its heat sink. Does it get hot sometimes?
If at all possible, I think I would try a simple on/off charge controller with adjustable set points and set them to simulate automotive charge voltages, if the only vdc input on the XP300p is indeed a cigarette lighter plug and there is not a PV source input. Nothing that I could find on the XP300p said there is a PV source input.
A trick you might try to see if I am correct would be to shade part of the US 21. Manually maintain its voltage around 14.6 (without the Solsum 8. using a piece of cardboard or something.
Try to find as many back issue's of The Mother Earth News as you can, you might find some at a library- its hard to say, and read, read, read.
Oh! there is a Mother Earth News web site as well, although nothing like the earlier printed issue's from the 70's and 80's. It's these early issue's that you want.
Is there a chance of ice from freezing rain?
Ice can add a lot of wieght to the tower top wieght of the genny.
Wall thickness of the 4" steel pipe.
Is the pole material you want to use part of a package that would otherwise require guy wires?
If so then there would need to be support on the pole at the same points that guy wires would go.
In otherwords there would be a bracket securing the pole to the tower just before the pole leaves the tower or somewhere there abouts, and then possibly guy wires closer to the top.
Another way of looking at it.
I ve done things for myself in the past in such a way as to lessen the expenses of the overall job and where some of them were a benefit there have others that have bit me on my hind parts.
If you would explain the diode for the inverter.
Or I might just mount the module, a fuse, a small cc, another fuse, wire it all into what ever batteries are there, then plug the inverter into a cigarette lighter (if made that way) and go with it.
Its hard for me to say. I would have to actually see what I had to work with to know for sure. Even then I might just have to experiment.
I hope something in this helps. Most of it you probably allready know.
Post back when you've finished. Let us know how you chose to installed it and how it preforms.
No. PV modules typically only convert the energy availible from sunlight into electricity with an efficiency of around 14% to 23% at standard test conditions. When it is at its greatest intensity sunlight strikes the Earth at a rate between 600 to 1000 watts per square meter. Most 100 watt PV modules measure about a square meter give or take. Solar thermal panels, which rely on the infrared spectrum, can reach efficiencies of 80%.
Something more important to consider is the number of hours of equivilent full rated power output per day which is subject to varibles such as; a given region, the seasons, the manner in which the PV module is oriented in relation to the Sun, the number of hours it is in full unshaded sunlight and, the big one - weather.
So to put this into some kind of perspetive. Where I live in eastern NC. solar south is between 7 and 12 degrees west of south on a compass. A 100 watt PV module; mounted in such a way so that a 2"x4" block cut square (about 8" long), placed with its end against the face of the PV module at 12:00 noon on the shortest day of the year (Dec. 21) will cast no shadow and, the PV module is exposed to full sunlight on a cloudless day with no haze, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, will produce approx. 350 watt hours.
During the summer on the longest day (June 21) if all I did was lay the PV module down to compensate for the suns higher angle and, weather conditions were the same, the 2x4 block would cast no shadow at 1:15 pm and the PV module would produce approx. 600 watt hours.
The trick is to "tune in" the PV module as close as possible to being perpendicular to the sun at all times of the day but, trackers are not cost effective for all regions or locations. In some case's it would be more cost effective to spend that money on more PV modules.
>As far as components go for a
>interty system I know I need
>solar panels and a intertying inverter
>such as the Sunnyboy SMA 1800.
>What else do I need?
Start by contacting your electric power supplier. Each one has different rules or policiy's concerning how an RE system is "tied on" as well as how they compensate for the power provided from the RE system. You will need disconects between the PV module and the inverter and between the inverter and the meterbase. There may be a need to add a transfer switch as well. Oh! it wouldnt be a bad idea to spend the $40 and get a the most recent NEC handbook and study it, Article 690 in particlar.
Did any of the links I gave you before help? I thought for sure the rendered schematic in the Homepower article about "Solar Cheese" would be helpful. How is your research going by the way?
I think mankinds obsession with energy is a farce. We are being conditioned by those that would have us perpetuate generation of revenues, to precieve of a world, not of a natural order but instead one of a "man made" order. A humanistic world in place of a world of humans and other creatures.
Mankind lived without all of these new world energies for well over 7,000 years. What have these energies really brought? An increase in the rate of increase in global human population? Destruction of the enviroment as well as devestation of natural resources? Not by desire for these things of course, but by the shear number of people alone. I would tend to believe that, no matter what convictions one may hold about the creation of the planet Earth and all the life on it, the Earth cannot support such an unbalance indefinitely. The planet Earth will correct itself, oblivious to those creatures that live on it. I guess we wont know for sure until the end. Will I see you there?
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