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Bulgarianlily

book for off grid

If you bought just one book on going off grid electricity, which would it be? I really need to get my head round what we need, we have been waiting since October for a supply from the mains here.

Huh, just going to send this and we had a power cut...

Lily
Tavascarow

Don't know which book to recommend but try this site.
http://www.navitron.org.uk/news.php
Smile
RichardW

If you need info about batteries, charging, inverters, alternators & a little about solar panels & turbines then the canal boat forum is the place to check out. They (IE boaters) have been living that way for years. The stuff they know about the subject changed my ideas & plans dramaticaly.


Justme
Went

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0553818198?ie=UTF8&tag=offgrid-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=0553818198

http://www.off-grid.net/

These might be of use....good luck
RichardW

Not found off grid much use as a forum. Not many posts or responces to posts.

Justme
vegplot

I recommend subscribing to HomePower a US publication. Also vist the CAT book shop online or in person. For general information and products/services www.windandsun.co.uk is hard to beat.
Bulgarianlily

All the books I can find and the sites tend to be American, and therefore talk about their voltage system, not one that matches with the 230 / 240 volts we have.

I looked at some extracts from the book about living in a camper van, it seemed a bit rambling...

Lily
vegplot

Bulgarianlily wrote:
All the books I can find and the sites tend to be American, and therefore talk about their voltage system, not one that matches with the 230 / 240 volts we have.

I looked at some extracts from the book about living in a camper van, it seemed a bit rambling...

Lily


It doesn't make a huge difference the principles are the same. HomePower, whilst US based describes a lot of 240V AC systems because off grid users over there use 240V AC for some of their devices. Inverters which supply AC voltage are designed to output 110 or 230V but the input DC voltage range is the same for the same make and model of inverter.
RichardW

I thought American 240 was not that same as ours? Is it not 2 x 110 similar to our 3 phase?

Justme
vegplot

Justme wrote:
I thought American 240 was not that same as ours? Is it not 2 x 110 similar to our 3 phase?

Justme


I don't think so but I could be wrong.

I have a diagram here from a project in HomePower and it describes two 240 AC inverters (they have two solar PV banks) linked to a single distribution panels. It doesn't show any 110V circuitry though.
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