Category: Off-the-Grid Power

Stormalong

By , January 10, 2017

The recent windy weather continued through Monday before dying down to reasonable winter wind levels (see Stormy Start to the Year).

Ironically, this period of high wind meant low power for us, even when the storm winds blew the weather sunny.

The dead mother board in our wind generator’s controller hasn’t been much of a problem for us, but it does require us to shut down the system if the wind gets to high (see Wind Generator Problems, Yet Again). Without the circuit board, the generator won’t power itself down when it reaches the set level of charge, so we risk burning it out.

Today, I’m headed over to another homestead on the bay to troubleshoot a controller problem there. I understand I might get a used replacement board out of the job, which we would install on our controller as soon as possible.

In the meantime, the power supply’s down to about 75%! The solar array bumps this figure up a few points during the brief sun window we get this close to the winter solstice, but it’s a net loss. That keeps me from writing much at present.

Luckily, Aly got out on Sunday and took these great photos of the water. Enjoy!

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

 

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

 

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

 

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

 

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

 

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

Power Flex

By , October 26, 2016

Recently, we hit a milestone of sorts in our power generation: for the first time in a year and a half, our battery bank fell below 80%. The situation appeared even more dire by our Trimetric’s read out, which indicated we had fallen to 78%.

We had a period of heavy overcast (often with rain and down-to-the-water ceiling) and no wind. This came on after a movie night, which dropped our power into the mid-90%s, and it decayed from there.

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