It is a sad fact that most stand alone remote power systems only work as planned most of the time. There comes a time in every solar system when the sun doesn't shine and the electrical load needs supplementation with something other than solar panels.
Normally this is done by a generator running battery charger or by an inverter-charger. Both have advantages and disadvantage.
What we advocate as a cost effective alternative to the above is building your own high performance battery charger using readily available items like stationary engines and car or truck alternators. You can configure car or truck alternators to charge battery banks of 12, 24 and 48 volts with relative ease.
Pictured above a a direct charging plant utilising a steam engine to drive two Fysher and Paykel washing machine motors. This example produced up to 30 amps at 48 volts.
Depicted below is an example of a simple direct charging plant built 15 odd years ago and still performing faultlessly. This particular example is a Honda 6.5 HP engine driving a 55 amp 24 volt truck alternator.
Below is a vintage Lister stationary engine driving a three phase electric motor converted to produce 50 amps at 48 volts.
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120 pages with color and black and white images and drawings, this book details making a battery charging plant using stationary engines and an alternators or converted electric motors.
Video of fitting a battery bank for a remote power system.
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Detailing how to connect your batteries panels and inverter together.
Learn how to build a high efficiency battery charger using a stationary engine and a readily available alternator
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