I have lived in the bush on just panels
one just has to fit it all into the watts you get that's all
heat with wood
put a stainless water tank on the top of the stove
Use coiled runs of PVC pipe in the sun to heat water from the spring
Run the spring water through an old fridge bolted down with battleship chains so the bears can't walk off with it
use a Laptop, and maybe a little 14 in flatscreen and a ghetto blaster....
One thing that I discovered is that at the Marina I dealt with, they had skids of due to be scrap batteries.
So you check the capped cell deep cycles for 10 volts or better, then replace the old electrolyte which is not anymore, with distilled water and Epsome salts, and charge the crap out of it three times, then see if it will start the truck.
If yes, wire it in, you might get a whole half a battery life out of it...
any lead acid batteries are candidates
here is another well tried way to generate power:
Construction of a Simplified Wood Gas
Generator for Fueling Internal Combustion
Engines in a Petroleum Emergency
runs on wood chipper shreds too
old school high tech....
metal recycling and auto scrap yards are a great place to delve for parts
You also want some transformers from scrap micro waves
Find the plans for step up and step down transformers and do your long runs in high voltage ac so that you have much less voltage drop than if you try to run current over long distances
Alternators can make OK little gennies but you have to balance the load to the rpms of your drive motor...but possibly if you are just say filling a tank you can have these little gennis at the location and just burn alittle fuel without the transmission losses...
Also I read somewhere that CDs or DVDs layed on the solar panel act like a light trap and boost the output of the cells, but I haven't tried that myself yet
I guess they act like a one way mirror...
Last edited by Danbones; Sep 14th, 2016 at 07:12 PM..