Rated power

FIGURE 5-48: Typical static inverter efficiency.

generator, solar cells, or an extension cord to your neighbor's house.

Auxiliary engine-generator sets that burn gasoline, propane, or diesel oil are readily available from equipment supply houses, catalog sales stores, and dealers of wind equipment. You might consider recharging your wind system batteries by jumper-cabling your automotive electrical system to your batteries. As you warm up the car in the morning before driving to work, charge your battery bank. This is not a suggested practical alternative to a more conventional approach to backup power, but in a pinch it will work. Power take-off (PTO) generators are available for tractors. These units will recharge batteries or otherwise provide backup power. Selection criteria for any backup equipment would include maximum power requirements, cost, reliability and maintenance, and environmental factors such as noise and exhaust. Auxiliary equipment can be purchased with automatic controls or can be .nstalied with the requirement of user control. It is a good id to exercise your auxiliary eq''i^ment on a regular bs.- ~ ; even when not needed), to ensure it > erains in proper oper;-: crai condition.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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