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Forum: Conservation 09-21-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,459
Posted By randen
Rivian has sold 100k delivery vans to Amazon. ...

Rivian has sold 100k delivery vans to Amazon. Where are the big three???? And Tesla has the Shanghai plant finished with cars to be in production end of the year. GM,Ford,Chrysler the walking dead...
Forum: Conservation 09-02-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 22,064
Posted By randen
September is upon us. Here in southwestern...

September is upon us. Here in southwestern Ontario Canada fall is approaching fast. The additional panels were of great improvement especially for after 5:00 pm

This summer the mighty Geothermal...
Forum: Conservation 08-04-19, 10:12 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 22,064
Posted By randen
Any one working toward Off Grid

Fellow Eco-renovators

This huge project is nearing completion. The addition of another 3.5 kws of solar panels is complete.
During this summer we have been off the grid for 95% of the time. The...
Forum: Conservation 03-27-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 22,064
Posted By randen
Ah yes!!! I believe the off grid season is...

Ah yes!!!

I believe the off grid season is here. Currently the second day off grid. The day-length is longer and the demand for the heat-pump is lower with more warmer temps. More sunshine less...
Forum: Conservation 01-24-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 22,064
Posted By randen
How about an update. The inverter has been...

How about an update.

The inverter has been operating very well however with all the draw necessary for the winter season and the lack of sun my batteries are not up to the task. I get to about...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-21-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 38,109
Posted By randen
Eco renovators. This past 12 hrs we have outside...

Eco renovators. This past 12 hrs we have outside air temps of-20 deg C And all my heat- pumps are flexing their muscles. Miserly sipping electrons sequestering heat stored 2 m deep in the ground...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-10-19, 08:23 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 38,109
Posted By randen
Fellow eco-renovators. Thought I would...

Fellow eco-renovators.

Thought I would issue a milestone. The DIY shop heatpump has now been operating since October 29 2014 without any problems what so ever!!! That’s 5 yrs trouble free. In...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-26-18, 02:34 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 9,283
Posted By randen
Congratulations Lots of work huh!! The...

Congratulations

Lots of work huh!! The installation costs are amazing

The numbers we’ll all be looking at are the operation costs. Remember don’t be concerned about the run time. Maybe pull...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-02-18, 10:52 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 9,283
Posted By randen
The installers dug three trenches 6' deep about...

The installers dug three trenches 6' deep about 350' long because that was the with of the property. So 6 loops 350' = 4200. which is about 7 ton (600'/ton) But my memory thinks that one trench was...
Forum: Conservation 11-10-18, 11:13 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 22,064
Posted By randen
Nearly Off Grid

Fellow Eco-renovators

It is November and cold wind, overcast with much rain is the environment we find ourselves. Well OK as I peer outside snow blowing around in the wind.

The DIY inverter...
Forum: Conservation 07-26-18, 09:05 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 22,064
Posted By randen
Gasstingy Check out a Husqavarna Automower....

Gasstingy

Check out a Husqavarna Automower. Is been maintaining my lawn in a way I was never able. There are some videos on this little guy. Uses few electrons. I recommend it highly. Now their...
Forum: Conservation 07-24-18, 10:52 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 22,064
Posted By randen
J J Panels were $12,000 Cnd Racking. $3000...

J J

Panels were $12,000 Cnd
Racking. $3000
Charge control $1700
Batteries $1400
Sundry items $1000
DIY inverter $3000

If I were to do it again I would DIY the charge controller as well. ...
Forum: Conservation 07-03-18, 12:10 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 22,064
Posted By randen
Any one working toward off-grid DONE IT!

Fellow EcoRenovators

I'm sitting in-front of the 20Kw inverter monitoring heat-sink temps. We are powering the house no problem. Solar panel array is loafing along keeping the batteries full. Its...
Forum: Conservation 06-12-18, 11:42 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 22,064
Posted By randen
Well A little set back, our inverter quit....

Well

A little set back, our inverter quit. It seems our driver circuit had been driven too hard overheated and failed. We think we have the culprit, It appears the higher voltages 390V to board...
Forum: Conservation 06-03-18, 03:50 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 22,064
Posted By randen
Anyone working to off grid

Here it is June 03 2018 and I'm claiming success on the 20 kw inverter. We had accomplished a load test and with a scope saw a pure sine wave 60 htz with no artifact of noise YAY!!

The batteries...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 03-19-18, 01:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,075
Posted By randen
I had a kubota mower that lasted 30 yrs. it...

I had a kubota mower that lasted 30 yrs. it started to become a maintainance queen. I had given it a good rebuild a number of years ago sand blasted deck new pulleys welded patches in the deck new...
Forum: Conservation 02-25-18, 01:29 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 22,064
Posted By randen
Working Toward Off Grid

As my friend Lynn sent me an E-mail on his tests of the 20kw inverter:

Tada!!! Is all he typed. He likes to put little teasers out to me. Normally he sends a long list of information such as...
Forum: Conservation 02-05-18, 05:17 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 22,064
Posted By randen
The 20 kw inverter is progressing. As this...

The 20 kw inverter is progressing. As this inverter is a DIY some teething problems have surfaced Some new circuitboards have been made with the proper mods. After the next round of testing is...
Forum: Conservation 01-17-18, 07:37 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,459
Posted By randen
Its all just lip service

I'm not certain what my fellow eco-renovators may believe about the sincerity of the auto-manufactures. I for one don't believe any of the announcements.

Hiring engineers, Spending billions??...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-03-18, 08:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 943
Posted By randen
Solar augmented mini split

Impressive build. Have a peek:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dmckigvz7Hg


Randen
Forum: Conservation 11-05-17, 09:57 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 22,064
Posted By randen
working toward off grid

The big push is on. Winter weather is on its way and yours truly doesn't like working in the cold. The panels are locked in and the ballast was placed into the mounts.

A battery pack from a Chevy...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 09-10-17, 10:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,168
Posted By randen
Jeff5may I'm suprised you have asked the...

Jeff5may

I'm suprised you have asked the question; "I have a question about this plan: what size and length of copper tubing is enough to make the thing operate at high efficiency?"

You had...
Forum: Conservation 08-01-17, 01:18 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 36,617
Posted By randen
Pinballlooking Just for the giggles I done...

Pinballlooking

Just for the giggles I done the calculations for money saved if you were driving a Prius here in Canada for the 71219 miles driven on sunshine. That would have cost $5013.00 CND...
Forum: Solar Power 07-31-17, 12:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,670
Posted By randen
Fellow Eco-renovators Boxes have been...

Fellow Eco-renovators

Boxes have been arriving with combiners with disconnects and solar wire with MC4 connectors. Spent a whole day up and down the ladder installing conduit and wire. The...
Forum: Conservation 07-22-17, 06:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,742
Posted By randen
Driving on sunshine

The pergola is erected and some experimentation has been made. I'm getting very close to making a connection to the home and it will be an off grid system with grid only as back-up.

It will be...
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