And Deleting Propane
|Swiss type outlet to be used in |
MOG boat for 24 VDC into full
Sine wave inverters.
|Swiss matching plug for 24 VDC input lines |
of full sine wave inverters to lower the risk
of 120 VAC injury.
|Four different power levels from 300 to 3,500 watts. These full sine wave inverters would have cost in the thousands of dollars just 5 to 10 years ago.|
|Settled back in place for reconnection and tests the |
upgraded Sunmar single user composting commode
should now accommodate 2 persons full time. A
24 VDC coupling is seen at lower left.
|Various control elements allow on the fly test & evaluation in place.|
In this top view can be seen a 2 x 3 inch vertical PVC pipe
that removes air from within the top portion of the commode to
be filtered through a mixture of activated charcoal and zeolite,
removing any remaining odors within the composting drum.
We have more to tell but this is where we are in the quest to disconnect from the ground and shove off into the water.
|A few pieces have been added most of which go unseen in this picture.|
All the individual parts work singly and as a complete system.
|Not easily seen (for good reason) are the tape mock up hinge elements that allow the folding of the|
100 watt Go Power PVs. The Buell Motorcycle banner is a key part of the design method, for
when I am stymied by a problem, I take a nice long ride to clear the cobwebs,
returning fresh, animated and renewed to design.
Slow boat, fast bike.
|Raritan, Todd, Reliance, Thetford. All are meant for the same purpose but all are different in the way that they achieve that purpose from under $50 to over $2,000.|
|The original 10 year old system works. It is |
just being reworked for two people full time.
|The dark area of the corroded sensors located just above |
the curve of the yellow wires needed to be replaced
with a different type to function with a new system.
|The two heater sets with the three 12 volt DC strips |
directly over laid on the 110 volt AC heater.
|Several areas were corroded and the |
evaporation tray needed sealing.
|An idea of how a simple computer controller could be set up.|
|What it means is the oily fuel hose and despicable dispenser at right, shares|
no relationship with the Totally Electric Powered Solar (TEPS)tm boat
named Algemac II. For most boaters, that hose is
more akin to a vacuum cleaner in one's wallet.
|The NCSU Solar House, built in 1981 by Professor Herbert Eckerlin of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, was created to promote and demonstrate renewable energy technologies to the community. The house features 5 kW of solar PV panels, solar water heating, a ground loop geothermal heat pump, efficient construction and insulation, LED lighting, and is designed with several passive solar features that further reduce energy costs. The site was used to conduct numerous renewable energy research projects, educating undergraduate students, and enabling graduate students to write research papers, theses, and dissertations.|
|A wonderful picture of a large roofed American made canal boat without a solar array, a diesel engine is instead used for drive propulsion and electric generation on board the vessel.|
|24 of these brand new flexible 6 pound 22"X65.4" modules will comprise 5 panels of the roof's total array. The final array will produce over 4,000 watts of clean electric power, equal to 5 horse power.|
|This USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) map shows in green lines the commercially navigable waters of the USA to include several west coast rivers that reach inland. Readers should be able to double click on the picture to enlarge.|
|The New York State Canal System comprises four canals. The Erie Canal connects the Hudson River and the Great Lakes, while the Champlain (right) links the Hudson River, Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Source: New York State Department of Transportation.|
|With just 24 volts, this small solar panel controller made our lives normal when all else, except Wilmington city water pressure and natural gas availability failed. The electricity was conditioned and regulated in this black box from a panel of photovoltaic modules atop the boat that had weathered the storm. Our batteries were charged daily for AC, microwave, water, fridge and cook top, under a cloudy sky. Wonderful.|
|Looks can be deceiving. These three boats are really not smiling. All took a real beating and managed to stay afloat.|
Our boat the ALGEMAC II had the least damage of the three but it will still need to be hauled and surveyed for
the amount of damage sustained.
|All three boats sustained damage from a 40 foot sailboat that broke from her dock at another marina and entered our fairway. Our bow was raked, the next neighbor's bow was completely hacked through and the sailboat next to him had its stanchions, toe rails and hull raked. The erant sailboat then exited to ramble over the waterfront.|
|The Craftsman house before the hurricane Florence, where we stayed|
during the storm while the boat was in the water at Cape Fear Marina.
|Our condo on the eighth floor of the waterfront at Water Street Center |
fared very well with no leaks at all.
|In minutes the AC unit of only 5 thousand BTU is installed in any of the 'slide down' windows just like the window opened next to the AC unit. Plug it in to the inverted 24 volts DC to 120 volt house voltage and it starts to cool. Just one of these units in the salon and saloon will keep the boat cool. The more sun beating down, the more electricity available to cool the boat. Absolutely counter intuitive. Pretty cool, huh?|
|Only the six main modules were kept for the hurricane. Five of the eleven were removed to our van for safe keeping during the event.|
|Florence's gusts, rain and clouds cannot stop the morning cup of coffee and the latest TV broadcast (no cable availability).|
So we put our feet up, mug next to the TV, AC cranking out the cool air while drinking in the view. An exceptional boat.
|Although the fiberglass and top coat were ground away by the loose|
sailboat, the structure was not compromised as could happen to a
fiberglass hull. The stem and knee of our quarter century old boat
is well over 5 inches thick of epoxy laminated and coated marine
plywood. The white tube across the bow floats in the water to
fend off tide driven debris strikes.
|'Home no sweat home' with air conditioning when all the power in|
the county is completely out. With the aft salon queen bed folded
in the up position, there is room to move around besides the saloon.
|Three folks who stayed aboard their bots at Cape Fear Marina had first hand |
views of the offending sailboat grinding into the boats in our fairway. There
was little they could do to fend such a large object and best that they not
place themselves in even greater peril.
|Yep, purposely aground with the ocean over the dune.|