Solar System (physically) too large

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 16:15
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I removed the 200+ Watt Solar system from the roof of the van with the intention of leaving it in the "store room" over summer while not being used, but it's longer than the longest wall in there !!

It's full length is 2.8 mt with the two solar panels placed end to end sitting on a purpose made alloy rack.
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So it off to the "trader" section now while I organise a smaller size system for next winter's travels.

Mainey . . .
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Reply By: Member - Tessa (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 17:11

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 17:11
nice ad
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Reply By: Moose - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 17:48

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 17:48
I thought that when it came to solar power - "the more the merrier". So why are you going smaller? Surely not because it doesn't fit in the "storeroom"?? Why not just leave it installed on the van and cover it for protection if that is the issue?
I know it's none of my business but I'm just curious:-)
Cheers from the Moose
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Follow Up By: Mainey (wa) - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 18:00

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 18:00
I'm getting rid of the van and getting 'something' else, as to what I don't know, but it will be smaller than a full size 4x4.

The alloy rack was specifically made for the two solar panels and allows the back panel to simply pull out of the back of the rack and charge the dual battery system via an extension lead, while your still parked in the shade.

The reason I'm keeping the Steca Solar regulator, 2 x AGM DC batteries and Rotronics battery isolator is because they will all fit a smaller vehicle.

Mainey . . .
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Follow Up By: blue one - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 20:20

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 20:20
Well done Mainey,
Smaller should suit you.

Cheers
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Reply By: MartyB - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 18:00

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 18:00
Mainey,
If you can't sell them you can dump them at my place for free, I don't mind.

Marty.
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Follow Up By: RosscoH - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 18:14

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 18:14
That is a really good idea because I'm just around the corner and I can have one too.
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Follow Up By: Mainey (wa) - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 20:32

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 20:32
so who get's which panel and how do you cut up the aloy frame lol

If I can't sell them as a complete system I will cut it up myself an keep the Sharp panel

Mainey . . .
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 20:47

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 20:47
Shame u r in WA as I have an 80 and a 60 I would consider swapping with a cash adjustment
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 22:34

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 22:34
Nice advert !

Why do you have a poly and a multi in the same system ?

I have never seen this done before.

The panels look like a 80 and a 50 ?

What are the specs, can't be 200+

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Follow Up By: Member - Tessa (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 22:48

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 22:48
good on you derek
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Follow Up By: Mainey (wa) - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 23:45

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 23:45
Derek
Yes, definately is 203 Watt total

1 x 123 Watt Sharp panel
1 x 80 Watt Solarex panel
= 203 Watts

which I think is close enuff to call it 200+ watts :-)


I've set-up UniSolar panels with Multi-crystalline panels, now thats what I call UNusual.

my SHARP 123 Watt panel

The smaller panel is a 80 watt (~4.8Amp) SOLAREX (no longer made, taken over by BP) is Multi crystalline cell.

Mainey . . .
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Friday, Feb 08, 2008 at 09:17

Friday, Feb 08, 2008 at 09:17
Whats so unusual ? Our system is a Unisolar 64 in combination with a 125 Kycera ,total of 189 ,, on perfect days have seen 12.5 amps via the Steca 2020.
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Follow Up By: Mainey (wa) - Friday, Feb 08, 2008 at 12:33

Friday, Feb 08, 2008 at 12:33
I don’t believe it's an add - it's an ADVERTORIAL L0L
Because it NOW plainly conveys relevant information !!

Yes, as I suggest it's an un-usual panel combination, as normally all panels used are similar in design.

As Derek posts:-> "I have NEVER seen this done before"
well now he has, as I say it's conveying relevant information lol

Mainey . . .
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Follow Up By: Member - loris G (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 23, 2008 at 22:06

Saturday, Feb 23, 2008 at 22:06
Mainey,

I'm almost up to looking for a solar system - yours seems perfect, but is too long for top of troopie - I had wondered if you could combine the two panel types, specifically for putting one in sun and feeding into other system in shade. It seems the perfect solution. Thanks for sharing this.

Loris
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Follow Up By: Mainey (wa) - Sunday, Feb 24, 2008 at 06:13

Sunday, Feb 24, 2008 at 06:13
Yes, it's an ADVERTORIAL !!
Because it does give relevant information for readers !!

Loris, look at two x 90 Watt Sunpower panels, or even better two x 95 Watt, if you can find them (discontinued)

Mainey . . .

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