Using Both Panels and Generator to Charge Batteries?
I am a solar system beginner and am trying to figure out an off-grid electric system using both a solar panel controller and a generator to charge batteries that send DC power to an inverter. My hope is to use a generator that automatically starts at about 12.0 volts then stops automatically at about 12.5 volts to charge batteries at night and on short and/or cloudy days. I am assuming that this would save generator fuel by storing power in batteries compared to continuous generator use for AC power. But I have seen mixed messages about how this will or will not work with the solar panel controller? Can reverse feed problems be handled by battery isolators that allow current flow in only one direction, or would this make matters worse? The thoughts of people with more experience would be greatly appreciated. I can provide more information about system components if needed, but this post is already getting too long.
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