AC Systems With Onboard Power Sources

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Boat Electrics

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In this module we cover onboard sources of AC power, including DC-to-AC inverters, onboard generators, and polarization and isolation transformers. We also talk about preventing corrosion caused by the shorepower grounding conductor and how to deal with varying shoreside voltages.

AC Systems With Onboard Power Sources

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In this short intro lesson, we discuss how to safely switch between various power sources.

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We get to know the various onboard power sources and how we can integrate them into a boat's AC system.

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We learn about mechanisms to prevent corrosion issues that can be caused by the grounding conductor of a shorepower connection.

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If you are venturing to foreign countries (or if your local marina is badly wired) you will have to deal with varying shoreside voltages and frequencies. In this lesson, we present a simple way to prepare a boat for such circumstances without the need for any expensive specialized equipment.

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In this bonus article, Nigel dives a bit deeper into criteria for selecting an inverter for onboard use.

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Jan & Nigel

This course has been created in a joint effort by Nigel Calder and Dr. Jan Athenst├Ądt. Nigel is responsible for the lecture notes and Jan will take the role of presenter and guide you through the lessons.

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