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Forum: Conservation 09-16-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 34,299
Posted By randen
I find it interesting on youtube. People...

I find it interesting on youtube. People installing a few solar panels with a couple lead acid batteries and a small inverter to start with and intending to grow the system. Ultimately becoming...
Forum: Conservation 09-08-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 34,299
Posted By randen
Robaroni Its my electric supplier...

Robaroni

Its my electric supplier (Hydro-one) and political. The supplier is claiming too many Micro-fit programs with cause an unsafe condition for the power lines. You and I both know that 10 Kw...
Forum: Conservation 09-05-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 34,299
Posted By randen
Or The Grid will not allow a connection. I...

Or

The Grid will not allow a connection. I had applied 3 times with descending solar outputs 10kw, 6kw, and 2kw

Sorry in-eligible!! due to power constraints. Micro fit or net meter. DENIED
...
Forum: Solar Heating 08-06-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,529
Posted By randen
Solar Space heating in Canada

Its late Sumer here and the solar hot water system is near one decade old. It has performed flawlessly all this time. Er well some maintenance items. New motorized ball valves as the old Honeywells...
Forum: Solar Heating 08-04-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 973
Posted By randen
Solar hydronic floor

WilliP

Yes we have done the hydronic heated floors powered with 280 sq ft of flat plate. We live in Canada were the winter weather is harsh. Depending on the sun we have more than 50% of our space...
Forum: Conservation 07-23-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 34,299
Posted By randen
NiHoaMike The purpose of using PWM was to...

NiHoaMike

The purpose of using PWM was to vary the speed of the pump to the heat load needing to be dissipated while prolonging the life of the little motor. As the thermistors temp was up and...
Forum: Conservation 07-22-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 34,299
Posted By randen
Anyone working to Off Grid

Its time to make a couple upgrades to the 20KW inverter. 2 items need some improvements:

The small pump motor thats being powered by PWM supervised by a thermistor in the liquid cooled heat sink...
Forum: Solar Power 06-21-20, 01:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,217
Posted By randen
NiHaoMike Just wondered if you were able to...

NiHaoMike

Just wondered if you were able to get any electrons to flow yet. Here days are the longest and of recent quite warm. Our biggest consumers of current such as the Geo-heatpump and car...
Forum: Solar Power 04-20-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,217
Posted By randen
NiHaoMike Just curious if there is any...

NiHaoMike

Just curious if there is any update on the progress of your inverter??? Our late winter early spring was quite disappointing for any serious product , alas we had to buy electricity
...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-05-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 405
Views: 125,626
Posted By randen
Xringer I’m suprized your contemplating...

Xringer

I’m suprized your contemplating defeat!!! After all the things you have accomplished. The installation of a brazed plate and pump maybe a little more daunting than just replacing the...
Forum: Conservation 02-23-20, 05:41 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 34,299
Posted By randen
mrmhf That is awesome you are off the grid....

mrmhf

That is awesome you are off the grid. That's a huge accomplishment !!! Kudos.

I've temporarily installed a wind turbine to monitor the wind resource. I have to say I'm quite disappointed...
Forum: Solar Power 02-09-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,217
Posted By randen
Gadget I as well am on the edge of my seat...

Gadget

I as well am on the edge of my seat to see what Mike will come up with. The liquid cooled IGBTs will be a big help. When you start to draw current to keep an efficient home powered the...
Forum: Tools 01-15-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,887
Posted By randen
In another lifetime I worked in a lawn and garden...

In another lifetime I worked in a lawn and garden repair shop. Id seen a lot of odd things. Sometimes lawn mowers would come to the shop in a box. The best one and I realize the woman really was...
Forum: Conservation 12-25-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 14,246
Posted By randen
Looking back 2 yrs. to the announcements of car...

Looking back 2 yrs. to the announcements of car makers spending billions. I guess Tesla made a real deal building a plant in 168 days and only $5 billion from which they are delivering cars already....
Forum: Solar Power 12-21-19, 06:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,217
Posted By randen
NiHaoMike Building your own inverter is a...

NiHaoMike

Building your own inverter is a huge undertaking. We had let the smoke out of ours more than once.

I've read your post though 3 times and still unsure to how this will work. Your...
Forum: Conservation 12-21-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 34,299
Posted By randen
December 21 the day is sunny and no snow to speak...

December 21 the day is sunny and no snow to speak of.!! This can change at a days notice. We are off grid and collecting electrons and heat from the solar hot water collectors. The home is heated...
Forum: Conservation 12-18-19, 09:19 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 34,299
Posted By randen
Anyone working to off grid

I had been interested in wind for a long time. I was very fortunate to have a close friend that had been in the business of manufacturing these for a short time. These 1-10kw turbines were used in...
Forum: Conservation 12-16-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 34,299
Posted By randen
working toward off-grid

Fellow EcoRenovators

Winter has begun here in southwestern Ontario. Days of overcast and wind. The 14 kws of solar only produce on the average 15 kwhs of stored energy. So not near enough for...
Forum: Conservation 12-07-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 14,246
Posted By randen
Charging on 120 volt receptical is not a huge...

Charging on 120 volt receptical is not a huge drawback. There are people functioning on that. Its approx 4 miles per hour. As soon as you get home plug in and 14 hrs later you have 56 miles added.
...
Forum: Solar Power 12-01-19, 12:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,325
Posted By randen
Robaroni Nice looking system and the price...

Robaroni

Nice looking system and the price also excellent. 10 kWh for $900.00 unheard-of !! To have an autonomous system is very nice in-deed. 2 days reserve power amazing !!

Could you give a...
Forum: Conservation 11-28-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 34,299
Posted By randen
Here in Southwestern Ontario Canada the energy...

Here in Southwestern Ontario Canada the energy company just announced costs increases. I understand that through regulatory bodies the prices are reviewed twice a year. This year a sizeable increase...
Forum: Conservation 11-23-19, 06:42 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 14,246
Posted By randen
Tesla unveils the truck. Elon was true to his...

Tesla unveils the truck. Elon was true to his word. The truck was absurd but the price and specs were amazing. I’m starting to warm up to the aesthetics. Thinking about making a deposit

I...
Forum: Conservation 11-18-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 14,246
Posted By randen
The unveiling of the Tesla pick-up will be on...

The unveiling of the Tesla pick-up will be on Wednesday.

And yes Ford during that same week are unveiling a Mustang inspired SUV. at the LA Auto show. And these concepts are never put into...
Forum: Conservation 09-21-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 14,246
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 09-10-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 34,299
Posted By randen
Today a bit of an interesting event. But first a...

Today a bit of an interesting event. But first a little history. Yesterday mostly sunny and a full pack at 7:00pm. Dinner was cooked on our electric stove top and a meatloaf in the oven again...
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