[FoRK] Solar power
deafbox at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 9 06:08:19 PST 2004
>I have the opposite problem: are any of you living off the grid? I'm
>looking into winter garden, solarthermics, photovoltaics, augmented by a
>wood stove (or oil; liquefied gas gas). I don't find lead/acid batteries
That sound you heard was a thousand sailors falling
off their barstools, laughing. ;-)
None of us find lead/acid batteries "sexy." But if
you're going to live from self-generated juice,
they're necessary, and you're going to have to
plan for them, just as you plan for some way of
handling sewage. Bite the bullet and read up on
>Internal house grid could be 12 or 24V..
24v is more efficient. 12v is more convenient,
because of all the accessories and equipment
made for the auto/RV market.
>If it wasn't for washing machine and cooking, the power requirements would
>be pretty low.
You don't cook with electricity. You cook with
propane. You also refridgerate with propane.
There are ammonia adsorption refridgerators
sold for RVs. (Ice cream vendors a 100 years
ago used sun-powered ammonia adsorption for
Plan on a large propane tank. You may get
off the grid. But as long as you plan on the
standard conveniences (washer and dryer,
big fridge), you'll stay dependent on
petroleum. I think it's time to buy some
more ERF. ;-)
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