Wind and Solar Renewable Energy
This Windmill is Really Dynamic
Located in Copperopolis, California at an elevation of 1450 Feet
Installed is a 3000 Watt Whisper 175. The Electric bills are 1/3 rd of what they used to be. This Windmill is really dynamic in high winds when it regulates mechanically.
In addition it has added Solar Panels.
The systems tracks the Sun using a controller from Red Rock Energy and a Satellite Jack Arm. The tracking device is custom made. The accuracy is very good and the arrays are very synchronous throughout the day. They begin parking movement (East) exactly when the Sun dips below the horizon to get ready for the next day. The Photovoltaic panels are consisting of 24 Uni-solar 64's. On the day the picture above was taken the system was producing 2200 watts, both PV and Wind at 1:30 pm in Sept.
The System is Utility Tied.
A battery setup on a Trace 5500 watt inverter offsets the peak consumption times.
It can add ~10 Kwh or more per weekday (during peak times) to the grid. Using 16 Dynasty Sealed AGM Batteries 100 Lbs each. These are located below the house for a consistent temperature. They are recharged every night (non peak) along with renewable generation to get them ready for the next day peak off setting. I wish Trace added a calendar to the Inverter to shut off weekend peak shaving. For now just remember to adjust it for the weekends.
Batteries have only a bout 700 cycles of discharge per life at about 50% shallow Depth Of Discharge. Forklift / Traction Batteries however use 80% D.O.D. and last 365 by 5 + years. I really think better storage capability exists today based on this fact. However there are other methods of storage such as Fuel Cells that if perfected can store larger amounts of energy.
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