What is Best Book for Installing 12volt Generating Systems?
4 Aug 2009, 4:35 PM
I, I'm trying to find a really good 'bible' for DIY installation of home generating 12 volt systems (ie PV, Wind Turbine and batteries).
I kind of need one that is written not for electronics experts, but for ordinary folk!
Any one have any ideas?
4 Aug 2009, 5:30 PM
CAT do one that is specifically written for 12 volt systems. www.cat.org.uk but why restrict yourself to 12 volt. why not install an inverter and use common appliances?
5 Aug 2009, 6:40 PM
Thanks for this - spoke to CAT today. I guess I am after a book that people have tried & tested out - a practical manual and one that uses appropriate technology , not necessarily high tech.
As for inverter - I don't like 220v because a) its dangerous and b)there is too much legislation out there to stop people like me (not an electrician) from doing things (probably a good thing too!!!).
So anyone else come across any good 12 volt bibles?
8 Aug 2009, 9:49 PM
not much these days powered from 12v only very small turbines and small off grid solar and 12volts will require a lot of current ( amps) most small stuff 24/48vdc best to fit 240v mains inverter to power you appliances if you are not electricity trained always consult a qualified electrication over 70% of all fires are started by faulty wiring/instalations
9 Aug 2009, 10:51 PM
Here is one for 3rd world electricians: "rural electrification for households", published by Stiftung Solarenergie, 178 pages, Zurich 2009, ISBN 973-3-033-01926-3 Mainissues are PV modul installation, battery charging, connection to various users, maintenance of simple systems, handling of meassuring tools.
12 Aug 2009, 11:17 PM
As mentioned above you're far better off using a 24/48 vdc as it has significantly lower losses.
16 Aug 2009, 12:42 AM
i have 3 homemade wind turbines 1 60 watt solar panel one 1000 watt inverter 10x6 volt heavey duty batteries total cost $1000 i have cut the cost of my electricity by halves
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