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  • Re: Did I destroy my battery bank??

    I'm not sure that two years is a real bad deal for the price that you paid. Now you are thinking about spending ~ six times more?

    I would bet the batteries would have done significantly better with a more equitable cabling system.

    Battery prices vary considerably by region but 100 Euro/battery seems pretty darned cheap. Isn't that about $150 USD?
  • Re: Is The Party Over?

    I see one guy posting real numbers based on history while another posts numbers based on what an industry hopes to achieve. I am sure that blades may become lighter and more efficient and, probably, more expensive. That doesn't change the fact that optimal wind only blows a certain percentage of the time and we have no economical way to store energy.

    The Powder River Basin in Wyoming has virtually unlimited amounts of clean burning, energy dense, anthracite coal. We are the Saudi Arabia of coal. I am in favor of burning anthracite coal in a cleaner fashion. We can easily make carbon from coal....using either phosphoric acid or steam. Carbon is marvelous for removing pollutants. Thats my idea and I have spent at least five minutes studying it.

    It is human nature to very briefly consider an idea and respond with this mentality, "Well that idea isn't cheap or easy so we will poke fun of you as our response."

    Government will not solve our energy problems. Government is the problem.
  • Re: Reasons We Live Off-Grid

    Re: Reasons We Live Off-Grid

    Clean air
    Clean water
    Elbow room...I was able to build the big shop that I always wanted.
    Econ major...if the debt doesn't concern you, consider yourself lucky?
    I like to think of myself as more akin to an eagle than a sheep.

    Built this sunroom last year. Great heat engine when the sun shines. Keeps away some winter doldrums. Been building for over four years. Shoot, someday I'll have a kitchen that works and working plumbing during the winter.

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  • Re: Frigidaire on modified sine power

    Estragon said:
    In a sense, the fridge may be "weaker". The compressor just moves heat from inside the fridge to outside. The compressor itself is likely not affected by the MSW, but the motor, generally packaged with/near the compressor, will likely be heating more. Depending on how and where the compressor disipates heat, the extra heat from the motor may also have to be overcome.

    Good to know you don't have to lug the thing in for repair. My cabin is also water/ice access, and I know how much of a PITA that can be.
    FWIW and more technically speaking.....refrigeration compressors are "removing energy". Heat is energy. 

    Speaking of which, I have to go look at my BP panels before they have absorbed too much energy.
  • Re: Plausibility of 2 gallon electric hot water heater?

    A neighbor started using an "instant on" with a 5 gallon propane bottle and is happy. Those instant on's cost more than regular water heaters as I recall. 

    Since I have this little tank, I may as well use it. I can take nice big showers in Denver bungalow.