Renewable Energy Equipment Improvements

Bergey XL-1 Wind Turbine:

Added a 24″ lightning rod at the nacelle – tail pivot point to eliminate damaging lightning strikes.

Added a 10Mh choke, 10A in series with Output, a 15000 uf lo-ESR cap across nacelle and diode, cathode to Pos, anode to Neg to move boost converter from nacelle-stator (acting as loudspeaker annoying neighbors with 1.5kHz switching frequency) to inside choke.  Noe happy neighbors.

Metal pad *should* be placed on concrete since sags 1/2″ each year and requires annual guy wire tightening.   Tighten with a “Loos” gauge and “Chicago Grip” similar to sail boat mast settings for a 1′ deflection or 50lbs tensile strength.

Electric Car Warfield-Netgain 9″ Motor brush rigging fix:

Brushes have uneven wear & wear out every 1K miles.  To increase to 100K miles like Advance DC motors, make sure buss armature connection hits center of dual brush distribution bar to insure same length to dual brushes.  Currently I (Mark Hanson) have 32K wear after this mod with no noticeable brush wear.  Prior to motor re-installation I took the transmission to AAMCO transmissions for eval on the 40 year old Karmann Ghia (VW Beetle tranny) and they destroyed it, returned it in pieces in a cardboard box (said they couldn’t figure out how to put it back together) so went to a junkyard and bought a used tranny to install for Saturday’s REEVA meeting (no refund from AAMCO for a destroyed tranny).

ZomeWorks Suntracker refrigerant Freon R-134k replacement:

The Freon leaked out in 5 years on one of three trackers, no help from manufacturer (like above issues) so since it has 17 lbs of Freon initially I pulled down to a vacuum 30″ mercury with a rented vacuum pump after installing fittings on lower 1/4″ cross transfer tube and Schrader valve.  Freon was then weighed in (from autostore (Advance Auto) with gauges) on a bathroom scale to drop 17 lbs in weight as a propane torch was wanded over the Freon tank and a cold water spray hose was applied to the SunTracker 2″ square side columns.  Use only the lower (blue) gauge for pressure verification.

Enphase solar PV inverters add off grid enhancements:

I added 3 relays to 3ea 250W panels to switch over to the Bergey solar input 24V 500ah batteries to keep the off grid backup topped off during power failure for the fridge, lights, wood stove blower and custom well inverter.