Letters to Home Power

We'll print your name & Dear Home Power People We have gone through the first 3 issues of your Home Power Magazine, not only once but several times and find them chock full of the type of information that people such as us are really hungry for. It is the best we have seen since John Shuttleworth's Mother Earth Magazine of which we have a full library from day one. It is like Mr. Shuttleworth says in his letter, Mother Earth is pretty dopey nowadays. In 1978 my wife...

Steve Willey

We started our home power system and our home energy business with small scale wind electric wind generators, simply because solar was not quite available in 1974. We are located on a hilltop with no water power or other electrical source. Our wind is not particularly good here, in fact in late summer there is NO wind for many weeks at a time. Never the less, as our only option, any help from the wind seemed better than running an engine generator. The only wind electric generating systems...

Zomeworks Ad

For every stationary home power producer there are many who roll down the road or float on the water. Many RVers have written in requesting articles about home power systems that move. Well, here's a mobile wind system that not only makes its own electricity, but also its own motive power. The Agua Alegre is a 35 foot long wooden sailboat. This Alden designed sloop was built in the mid-1950s and usually is docked in Santa Cruz, California. This yacht, like most boats, is a self-contained energy...

Systems

Batteries are securely mounted in waterproof cases, low and in the stern of the boat. Placement of batteries in any moving vehicle, especially sailboats, is critical. Since the batteries are very heavy, they should be located as low as possible and as close to the vehicle's center of gravity as possible. The Agua Alegre is a wonderous and harmonious system. Brian Green and I spent the night aboard, safely tucked in her wooden belly. A small storm was brewing and the wind machine on the fantail...

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Fig.2 - The Pulsar's Schematic and Parts List U2 is a very rugged device, being internally short circuit and overtemperature protected. The LM 317 is available in two different packages. The LM 317T has the smaller TO-220 case, while the LM 317K has the larger TO-3 case. In any case, the LM 317 must be heatsunk and the larger TO-3 case gets rid of heat better. While very much more expensive, the LM 350 gives the ability to move up to 5 Amps of current through the device. Most of the parts can...