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Forum: Solar Heating 03-13-22, 11:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,166
Posted By Solar Mike
The simplest method here is to have a small 20w...

The simplest method here is to have a small 20w PV panel direct driving a small magnetic drive DC inline circulation pump; soon as the sun is strong enough to drive the pump then there is enough...
Forum: Energy Storage 03-13-22, 11:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 20,374
Posted By Solar Mike
Had the same issue when I built my flat plate...

Had the same issue when I built my flat plate Solar Hot Water panels and mounted them on the roof, on a cold night the quick lowering of water temperature in the panels would initiate reverse...
Forum: Energy Storage 03-13-22, 11:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,058
Posted By Solar Mike
A friend was building up a 24V power wall using...

A friend was building up a 24V power wall using old laptop battery cells, don't think he ever finished it, needed hundreds of cells, having to sort them out first to even up capacity, then join them...
Forum: Biofuels 02-14-22, 12:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 998
Posted By Solar Mike
Very true, plant enough forest to mitigate...

Very true, plant enough forest to mitigate present CO2, maybe will give us time to come up with a proper solution.
Forum: Biofuels 02-13-22, 10:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 998
Posted By Solar Mike
Anything you do with biomass is carbon neutral;...

Anything you do with biomass is carbon neutral; eg take a tree growing in a forest, over its lifetime it sequests carbon in its growing mass, absorbs C02 and releases oxygen.

If the tree falls...
Forum: Solar Heating 09-27-21, 05:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,166
Posted By Solar Mike
Have built a few of these controllers over the...

Have built a few of these controllers over the years, you need a min. of 2 sensors for differential control, plus a setting for the min. pump on differential, usually about 3-4 degrees Celsius, as...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 12-24-15, 02:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,927
Posted By Solar Mike
I had a couple of these for testing, look exactly...

I had a couple of these for testing, look exactly the same, they will not handle 30 amps for any period of time; the tracks inside the unit and the current sensor and fuse mounts pcb area heat up to...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 09-10-15, 10:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,461
Posted By Solar Mike
Carbon Neutral

Sorry incorrect, when logs decompose or rot on the forest floor, their carbon is released by bacteria etc, just takes longer than burning it. Science behind this is called "The Carbon Cycle", used to...
Forum: Solar Power 07-14-14, 07:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,359
Posted By Solar Mike
I would connect a relay with its coil supplied by...

I would connect a relay with its coil supplied by the Output port, and use that to switch power direct from the battery to your gate motor. Place spike suppressor diode (IN4007 or similar) across the...
Forum: Solar Power 05-15-14, 06:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 15,694
Posted By Solar Mike
You can get DC SSR that have mosfets in them,...

You can get DC SSR that have mosfets in them, they still use the opto isolator and are specifically designed to switch DC sourced loads on and off, readily available on aliexpress for similar prices...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-11-12, 04:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,370
Posted By Solar Mike
Its been over a year since last playing with this...

Its been over a year since last playing with this stuff, so sorry no photo's, will do my best to describe:

The last heat pipes I was making for another project, required approx 50cc of liquid R22....
Forum: Solar Heating 02-09-12, 05:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,370
Posted By Solar Mike
I have a standard vacuum pump goes down < 50...

I have a standard vacuum pump goes down < 50 microns, standard multi way connection hub and hoses etc and a digital gauge so you can measure it with any accuracy.

As the amount of liquid gas in...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-09-12, 02:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,370
Posted By Solar Mike
I have made several longish heat pipes, one was...

I have made several longish heat pipes, one was 6m long made from 6mm (1/4") copper tubing, heating one end, the other was hot within seconds.
Similarly a heat pipe made from 15mm copper tube 5m...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-09-12, 04:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,370
Posted By Solar Mike
Well, if you want to circulate water other than...

Well, if you want to circulate water other than thermo-syphon and not use an electric pump, then there is a device called a pulse flow valve, see link PULSE FLOW VALVE FOR WET BACK | Trade Me...
Forum: The Billiards Room 01-31-12, 04:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,482
Posted By Solar Mike
Reminds me many years ago when NZ was in the...

Reminds me many years ago when NZ was in the throes of switching over from imperial to metric, a certain Govt science laboratory was getting a new lab built, the room length stainless steel bench top...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 09-29-11, 05:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 21,721
Posted By Solar Mike
I have a pellet stove wood burner, it has an...

I have a pellet stove wood burner, it has an external air tube to the fire box. This allows the air to be sourced external to the building; if the building is a mobile home or otherwise tightly...
Forum: Solar Heating 09-12-11, 06:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,927
Posted By Solar Mike
These are designed for low temperatures with...

These are designed for low temperatures with enough water flow to prevent any great temperature rise, thus making them very efficient and not requiring housing in a box with glazing etc.

The...
Forum: Solar Heating 09-06-11, 08:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,474
Posted By Solar Mike
Placing something inside your windows to capture...

Placing something inside your windows to capture extra heat will have no effect. The amount of energy entering the room via a window is fixed, that energy is absorbed by all areas in the room subject...
Forum: Solar Heating 08-22-11, 11:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,698
Posted By Solar Mike
Air heating panels should have sufficient air...

Air heating panels should have sufficient air flowing through them so the heated air is only a few degrees (say 10) above the incoming cold supply air. This gains max efficiency from the panel and is...
Forum: Solar Heating 07-17-11, 11:50 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 32,922
Posted By Solar Mike
Many of the newer design evac tube collectors use...

Many of the newer design evac tube collectors use a heat pipe to collect the heat from the fin and move it to the water in the header condenser section. This mechanism isnt as efficient st collecting...
Forum: Solar Heating 06-13-11, 11:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 14,306
Posted By Solar Mike
Hi Gary Your collectors will be fine, the...

Hi Gary

Your collectors will be fine, the silicon, acting as a thin flexible bonding agent once set will still allow some differential expansion whilst keeping the fins stuck to the risers,...
Forum: Solar Heating 06-13-11, 03:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 14,306
Posted By Solar Mike
Hi I have made many types of solar hot water...

Hi
I have made many types of solar hot water collectors over the past 5 years or so, generally I have found its easier to use thin copper foil (0.25mm thick) fins soldered to the risers than using...
Forum: Solar Power 03-09-11, 05:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 32,066
Posted By Solar Mike
This has happened here, except the cables were...

This has happened here, except the cables were live at the time securely mounted atop 30' poles, several kms were stolen. Dairy farmer went out to milk his cows at 5am and discovered milking shed had...
Forum: Solar Power 03-09-11, 04:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 32,066
Posted By Solar Mike
Re: electrocuting the linesman I was taught to...

Re: electrocuting the linesman
I was taught to put earthing clamps on the lines being worked on, thus any back feed or some idiot turning the system on would not kill off the workers. Dont know how...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-07-11, 02:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,438
Posted By Solar Mike
I have 8.5 sqm DIY solar hot water panels on the...

I have 8.5 sqm DIY solar hot water panels on the roof feeding a 300 liter cylinder, in summer there is a large excess of heat to get rid of. This is to get max heating in the winter months.
The...
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