Alternative Energy Sources

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Alternative Energy Sources

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In this lesson, we explore good reasons why it might be worthwhile to install alternative energy sources on your boat.

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How do solar panels work? And what current and future technologies are out there?

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What are common ways to rate solar panels and what efficiency can be expected in a real-world scenario on a boat?

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In this lesson we will look at the problem of shading and hot spots and how these affect the efficiency of a panel.

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We take a look at different types of solar charge controllers and their properties when charging batteries.

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We take a look at various mounting and installation options for (semi-) flexible and rigid panels on board.

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We take a look at the wiring requirements for solar panels and the practical implementation of the wiring.

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A look into the future of solar technology.

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A summary of what we have learned so far about solar power on boats.

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We take a deeper look at ratings and efficiency of wind generators.

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We look at noise issues, as these are considered one of the main issues with wind generators.

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The spinning blades of a wind generator can become a serious danger. Proper mounting and installation is crucial when operating a wind generator.

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We look at options to regulate wind generator speed and battery charging.

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In this lesson we look at various options for mounting wind generators on a boat.

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Wind generators are not maintenance free! In this lesson you will learn about common points of failure and what to look for when disassembling a unit.

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A brief overview of technologies and use cases.

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A look at shaft generators and cases in which they might be worth considering.

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About the teacher

Nigel Calder

Nigel is often referred to as THE guru when it comes to technical systems on boats.

He is a long-time member of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) electrical Project Technical Committee (PTC) which writes the standards for recreational boat systems in the USA, and has also been involved in European standards development.

Nigel is best known for his Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual (now in its 4th edition), and his Marine Diesel Engines (in its 3rd edition), both considered the definitive English-language works in their field.

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