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  1. http://www.powerhighway.net/products.php?product=14 I am seriously contemplating on buying a similar unit being sold at All Batteries. Their 1Kva pure sinewave inverter hybrid is being sold at 15k. I've attached a pdf of its function for those who are interested. Does anyone have any experience using a similar device? Basically you can hook up your panels, battery and mains to the unit which will drive the inverter. You can set it up to get power from Solar Panels First, If insufficient, get from batteries, if batteries drain and panels unable to supply adequte power, use mains. Somewhere in between the battery gets charged by using the mains or the solar power as well. This saves me the effort of always monitoring battery levels, switching, etc. hybrid inverter.pdf
  2. A little meter that has come highly recommended, and not very costly either, is the Digitek DT-2843R AC+DC True RMS Multimeter with Backlight and Temperature. The seller, apparently, is well recommended as well. So, I figured I would pick one of these up for testing solar arrays, batteries, controllers, etc. Not to mention, a guy can NEVER have too many multimeters, can he? I got it, shipped to me, for $44.00 USD. Now that I look back, I should have had it shipped to my address in Cambodia. It would have only cost a couple of bucks to do that. But, it won't take up much room, and certainly doesn't weigh much. Anyway, if any of you are looking for a new meter, maybe give this little Digitek model a try.
  3. Here is a link to a site that answers a number of commonly asked questions regarding DC to AC power inverters. Click here to visit the FAQ page of the site.
  4. The banner I added (above) is from Home Power, August, 2012. That is, Home Power will grant you full access to their entire list of back issues archived on their site. So, the offer is still current regarding the access you are granted if you subscribe for three (3) years to their eMagazine. I just renewed, although my subscription wasn't due to end anytime soon. I renewed now, because the new customer or renewal rate is currently $11.95. Folks, that is for a three (3) year membership to Home Power. Definitely take advantage of that deal, if you are even remotely interested in Alternative Energy options for your home. Just passin' the word along...
  5. Thanks, for this post. Renewable Energy Act of 2008 - (PDF file) - From the Philippines Department of Energy Website. Renewable Energy Act of 2008 - (webpage) - From the LawPhil.net website. Renewable Energy Act of 2008 - RA 9513.pdf - LinC I was able to download the pdf, but not upload it to this thread. If any other staff member has a fast enough connection, where they can download the file, and then upload and attach it here, I would appreciate it.
  6. Anyone can help cost how much i need to spend to keep a 1.5hp or 2hp inverter split type aircondition on for 24hours. We have someone in our home in comatose state and needs airconditioniong 24/7.
  7. Greetings: I want to share some recent findings, either on my own, or with the help of my good friend Monte. He helped me out especially by getting the links to the videos I have attached, below. Anyway, if solar power interests you at all, please feel free to take a look at any / all of the information I have posted below: Solar Calculator - An excellent webpage for calculating sunrise and sunset for your location, at any point throughout the year. Amp Hours & Beer - Who ever knew there was a connection? Solar Panel Talk Forum - Very helpful forum, offering tons of information and very helpful members. Solar Power Forum - older forum, but too much SPAM Solar Panels Philippines - Smaller forum, but helpful members During my research, I have determined that I will, most likely, build my own panels. I think it will be a great thing to learn, and a good learning experience. Here are three videos making up a small series, the best ones I have viewed regarding building your own panels: Video 1 of 3 Video 2 of 3 Video 3 of 3 Considering the higher cost of buying manufactured panels, and especially the shipping rates for them once assembled, I can spend a lot less money on buying frames, or building my own frames from 1.5" x 1.5" stock aluminum angle. The image below is of a manufactured aluminum frame designed for 36 - 3" x 6" solar cells, creating a panel that would produce ~ 18vdc at 3.5 amperes: Add a piece of tempered glass, 1/4" thick, and start soldering solar cells together on top of that. It sounds simple enough, anyway. Below is a photo of a 6" x 6" cell. I will probably use 3" x 6" cells, though, if I can get them cheap enough: This is what a completed panel would look like. This one would be a bit larger than 6' long x 3' wide, if using 6" x 6" solar cells: Considering the high cost of solar trackers (the motors that will rotate your panels to keep the most amount of sun on them throughout the day), this fellow decided to build his own. Here is his excellent writeup and a link to his website, Living On Solar: solar-tracker.pdf And, just in case you don't believe me about the costs of commercial solar tracking units (hold on to your hats, boys): Wattsun_Tracker_Prices.pdf A pdf focusing on inverters and battery sizes: inverter_battery_sizing_faq.pdf Here is a voltage drop calculator, an excel file: voltage_drop_calculator.xls
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