Archive for November, 2007

Our next step in reducing our dependence on OIL

Posted in PHEV on November 11, 2007 by wizbandit

We got out first HYBRID this weekend.  We decided on the Toyota Prius for two reasons, cost and PHEV conversion capabilities.  PHEV stands for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle. The conversion adds more batteries and fools the car into using more electricity than gasoline for propulsion.  The PHEV batteries are charged from the grid or solar if you have it.  Regenerative power can also charge the PHEV battery pack but not as much as is desired right now. Hopefully as the conversion groups become more knowledgeable the conversions will improve.

http://www.eaa-phev.org/wiki/Prius_PHEV

Here is the link for more information.  I’m in the “gathering information” phase now with the “ordering parts” phase to follow soon.  My solar upgrade project is taking front stage this fall but as soon as it’s complete I’m on the PHEV project.  Sure it’s an ugly car but like a good woman she sure can cook…

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Very nice SOLAR HARVEST week here.

Posted in Solar Power on November 11, 2007 by wizbandit

  With temperatures in the 60-70 degree range this week solar power production has been excellent.  The cooler daytime temps and bright blue skys let the Photovoltaic Modules produce a decent amount of power.

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This is a 5 o’clock picture looking east this week. Tracker #2 has some shading from the HV powerline support pole just to the west.  It’s not an issue until after 4PM so it’s not a real problem. Maxumim solar production is between 10AM and 3PM in most locations.  My roof-top arrays stop making power around 3:30PM in the fall & winter months.

My problem is I now have more PV power than I can process at the present.  MY 80 amp Apollo Charge controller is full during peak solar hours this fall.

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We are buying around 25KWH per day average from the power company this fall and producing the rest with PV.

I’m still working on the new solar installation upgrade project which includes remodeling the back of the garage to build a “solar power wall” to hold all the solar related equipment.  My new electronics workshop is also going to be part of the remodel project on the other side of the solar wall.