Drive Line Options

Wind Turbine Car Wheel

Apart from natural energy drive systems such as wind and water see later there are three main options for driving your alternator s . They are 1. Lawnmower or Motorcycle Engine - This is a fully portable unit consisting of a wooden platform upon which the alternator and engine are mounted together with a 12 volt battery to energise the field windings . The diagram on page 5 at top shows a twin alternator set-up. Note If you intend driving twin alternators at high speed you will need a large,...

Ampsvoltage Variation and Control

The amps voltage ratio is known in simple terms as the 'current strength'. Other factors and characteristics in electrical energy such as 'sine wave and square wave patterns' and cycles per second Hz do not have any significant effect on current force for heating and welding purposes. In heating and welding for maximum efficiency, ease of operation and for the performance of wide ranging applications it is desirable that the amps voltage ratio be variable and controllable. In conventional...

Low Voltage Appliances and TOOLS

Virtually all household appliances and workshop tools are available in the low voltage, i.e. 12-36 volt DC power range. With the ever-increasing demand for camping and leisure equipment, manufacturers and importers are beginning to cater to and cash in on this enormous market potential. As a result of this upsurge, particularly with regards to recreational vehicles four wheel drives , campervans and caravans, there is now an impressive array of 12 volt appliances and accessories ranging from...

Battery Calculations and Hookup Sequence

Ordinary 12 volt car batteries, when hooked up in series are capable of supplying very high and lethal voltages. Yoi can in actual fact run a high voltage all-electric home off only a bank of 12 volt car batteries and your alternator power unit connected up for battery re-charging - no other major generating equipment is necessary. Before scoffing at this idea, read the chapter on 'Battery Facts'. You will learn about buying good batteries for a dollar or two, and techniques to add 12 - 18...