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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is one of ten federally funded national laboratories. NREL has offered to provide answers to technical questions from Home Power readers about renewable energy. Question What is the efficiency of conventional power plants Answer The question is rarely asked about conventional power plants. The answers may be surprising. Usually, people ask about the conversion efficiencies of renewable energy sources. For comparison, flat-plate PV system energy...

Photron

Camera ready black and white 4 wide 5.6 high Other mechanical problems that could affect performance are dragging brakes or poor alignment. If you suspect one or more bad batteries, there are several ways to spot the slackers. If you turn off your charger and notice that all the battery tops are damp except one, the dry one is weak. It will not come up to full charge. The charger is gassing the other batteries trying to bring up the weak one. You can check the voltage on individual batteries...

The Rutland Wndcharger

Renewable Energy Cars

Ideal for stand-alone or combined wind solar systems, the Rutland gives 1 Amp at 10 mph and 6 Amps at 22 mph. The Rutland Windcharger's fine profile aerodynamically efficient blades and unique low friction generator ensure maximum performance from its 910mm 36 diameter turbine. Manufactured in the U.K. and available in N. America from Trillium Windmills Inc. Campbell Road, RR 3 Orillia, Ontario, Canada, L3V 6H3 Tel 705 326 6513 Fax 705 326 2778 An Inventory of all Rutland Windchargers is held...

Solopower

Electrathon Motor Drive Rear

B amp W camera ready 7.25 wide 3.2 high Top The Suntera Sunray. Photo by G. Brad Lewis Center Sunray chassis. Photo by Stevi Johnson Paul Bottom Sunray front end. Photo by Stevi Johnson Paul Top The Suntera Sunray. Photo by G. Brad Lewis Center Sunray chassis. Photo by Stevi Johnson Paul Bottom Sunray front end. Photo by Stevi Johnson Paul Detroit and the big island of Hawaii have little in common or do they If Jonathan Tennyson and his crew have their way, Hawaii may become the newest state to...

Lead Acid Batteries

The Lineage 2000 is a pure lead battery. The patented design does not require the impurities of calcium or antimony alloys that shorten the life of lead acid batteries. Therefore life expectancy in your alternative energy home could be 20 years of service, at any age. No Hydrometer readings necessary. Unmatched in performance, quality, reliability and safety. Water additions every 2 to 5 years. The Lineage 2000 has been designed to eliminate the hazards of fire, and their virtually...

We Wrote The Book On Electric Car Conversions

Expanded amp Updated 3rd Edition 30.00 tax amp postage included We built Mr. Brown's car, and we won. Bruce Burk, St. Johnsbury Academy, 1991 American Tour de Sol Open Class Winner. ELECTRO AUTOMOTIVE POB 1113-HP, FELTON, CA 95018 Be a Participant in the Energy Revolution This may be it folks the one we've been waiting for to finally increase the use of PV by decreasing its cost. But, we'll need your help. The entire Home Power staff is very excited about the German rate-based incentive model...