Electricity

Harness the Creek

The project I would love to accomplish, is to harness the creek to produce hydro electricity.  This my second attempt to generate electricity from water.  The other is my homebrew turgo turbine.

It is very fulfilling to be self sufficient, I am lucky to have the location I have, the water oozes from the hills here in western Virginia.

Read more: Harness the Creek

My Solar Data

I will expand on my solar performance data in the near future, but in the mean time, here is some performance data.

Solar Performance

 

DateAH String 2AH String 1TotalDaysAH/Day
1/30/2006 1423.1 1967.4 3390.5 17 199.44
2/2/2006 207.9 402.6 610.5 3 203.50
2/3/2006 142.3 215.3 357.6 1 357.60
2/12/2006 950.4 1439.4 2389.8 9 265.53
2/24/2006 1550.7 2357.7 3908.4 12 325.70
3/1/2006 617.1 946.7 1563.8 5 312.76
3/10/2006 669.0 1130.3 1799.3 9 199.92
3/13/2006 321.4 475.0 796.4 3 265.47
3/20/2006 908.9 1331.9 2240.8 7 320.11
3/27/2006 609.0 915.4 1524.4 7 217.77
4/7/2006 1069.8 1853.6 2923.4 11 265.76
4/9/2006 490.5 490.5 2 245.25
5/1/2006 2400.2 17.6 2417.8 22 109.90
5/3/2006 309.4 331.3 640.7 2 320.35
5/10/2006 541.2 551.4 1092.6 7 156.09
5/17/2006 867.3 1196.9 2064.2 7 294.89
5/25/2006 961.5 1354.1 2315.6 8 289.45
6/12/2006 1914.8 2999.4 4914.2 18 273.01
6/23/2006 1386.1 2023.3 3409.4 11 309.95
6/29/2006 893.1 1212.7 2105.8 6 350.97
7/15/2006 2143.5 3060.9 5204.4 16 325.28
8/3/2006 1660.4 2583.0 4243.4 19 223.34
8/7/2006 371.8 583.7 955.5 4 238.88
8/13/2006 567.7 865.5 1433.2 6 238.87
8/26/2006 1834.9 2477.1 4312.0 13 331.69
8/29/2006 519.3 680.7 1200.0 3 400.00
8/31/2006 212.6 290.6 503.2 2 251.60
9/10/2006 862.4 1246.8 2109.2 10 210.92
9/22/2006 1267.7 1849.5 3117.2 12 259.77
9/25/2006 264.9 369.3 634.2 3 211.40

Because the charge controllers are remote from the house.  I keep a calendar next to them.   When I remember (which is not as often as I should), I record the accumulated amp hours on the charge controllers on the calendar, then reset the values to zero.  I then average the reading across the days from the previous reading.

Also, many times we produce more power than we need and  the charge controllers will go to float, effectively wasting energy and making the amp hours low.

I wish I had a meter, so that I know my actual power usage.   Currently, I can only estimate based on the amount of power we generate.

My Solar Components

I will expand on my solar configuration in the near future, but in the mean time, here is a list of my components.  As you see there was quite an evolution.

Solar Panels (Max I have seen is 1200W on String 1 and 830W on String2)
StringModelQuantityWattsTotal
1 Sharp NT-R5E1U 2 175 350
Shell SP-150-P 2 150 300
Sharp NT-S5E1U 2 185 370
Sunwise SW120 2 120 240
BP Solar BP275 4 75 300
2 Sharp NE-165U1 6 165 990
Total 2550


Charge Controller
String 1 - Xantrex (Trace) C60 w/meter
String 2 - Xantrex (Trace) C60 w/meter

Inverter
Xantrex (Trace) SW4024 Plus
Trace SW4024 (Backup)

Battery
12 Rolls S530

Meter
Trimetric 2020
Xantrex Link 10