Lead Acid Batteries

In 1970, we realized that our dreams depended on cheap land. The only desirable property we could afford was in the outback. Everything was many miles down a rough dirt road and far from civilized conveniences such as electricity. The 40 acres we finally bought is 12 miles from the nearest paved road, telephone, or commercial electrical power. We were ready to do without. This is not, however, an account of doing without-- it is a story of having one's cake and eating it too. We solved the...

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Well, by now, the Smiths have a fairly detailed picture of what and how much they are going to run from their alternative energy system. Figure 1 shows this information. Note the variety of standard 120 VAC appliances that the Smith's are using with their inverter. While they may be many miles from the power line, the Smiths still have all the electricity they really need. Their total electrical consumption is estimated to be 1,405 Watt-hours per day. 397 of these W.-hrs. day is 120 VAC usage...

Wind Power Siting

For many people the idea of producing household electrical power from a wind turbine is a romantic notion, a dream that rarely becomes a reality. Still for others, especially those living far from an electrical line or experiencing outrageous utility bills, it becomes a necessity. There are thousands of homes across the country now being powered by a wind turbine or combination of wind and other alternative electrical power inputs. Each installation's success or failure depends heavily on...

Heliotrope General

3733 Kenora Dr., Spring Valley, California 92077 (619) 460-3930 larger pipe would aggravate the problem of freezing at low temperatures with no insulating snow cover. This is because the residence time would increase with larger pipe. In my case, the water entering the pipe is (slightly) above freezing and cools as it travels along (when temperatures are very low). So why don't I bury it Yes that would be nice and hopefully I will when I can afford that and larger pipe too. It is a case of the...

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He modern power inverter has revolutionized the usage of battery stored electrical power. An inverter changes the low voltage DC energy of the batteries into 120 240 volt, 60 cycle, AC housepower. Just like the energy available downtown. The idea here is to use the battery stored energy in regular household appliances. The low voltage DC supplied by the batteries will not run standard consumer appliances, which accept only 60 cycle, 120 240 volt, AC power. Until the advent of modern inverters,...

Let There Be Light

By Alan Trautman amp Richard Perez Appliances are why we want the wonderful power of electricity. The most universal electric appliance is lighting. This article begins a discussion of efficient, reliable lighting appliances for alternative energy systems. Read ahead for the facts of this illuminating matter. Welcome to the first column about appliances and alternative energy systems. In the coming months we will be discussing a myriad of appliances and their application in alternative energy...