are here! We arrived late last night after a 1 hour and 45 minutes drive from
Söderöra. Everything went smooth as a whistle. The boat was packed with
supplies but there was only a small increase in energy used during the trip.
trip is one hour longer than what my total battery capacity would count for I
had to use the diesel. Another thing to keep in mind is that there is no
electric grid here. So how do we charge?
I gave the
charging issue some thought this winter and I came up with the following solutions:
A petrol/gasol generator would probably be the quickest way to charge. The
downside is noise, local pollution and complexity. I don’t like the idea of
burning fuel in order to create electricity.
By using solar panels electricity can be harvest from the sunlight. No moving
parts and no noice. The downside is the efficiency of the panels and the
dependency of cloud free weather. To get a usable charge current I would have
to use about 3-4 square meters of cells, given that there is no clouds.
Using the wind to harvest electricity is common in these areas. Modern wind
generators are efficient with a moderate wind force demand. What you need is a generator,
small tower and an extension cord.
winner is…. The wind generator! Given that we normally have a couple of days with
winds around 8-10ms I should be able to get some energy into my batteries.
Since I run a 48 volt system I need a 48 volt wind generator. Fortunately
Southwest Windpower makes a small, 120cm diameter, generator with an integrated
controller. The controller makes sure that the batteries receive the correct
voltage while charging.
will it take to charge the pack? Well that depends on how strong the wind is. The
generator can deliver max 8 Amps. Let's use half of that rating in the
equation. My battery pack has a capacity of 60 Amp hours and I used half of
that capacity to get to the island. That means that I will have to generate 30
Amp hours in order to have a full pack again. 30 divided by 4 equals 7,5. In
7,5 hours the battery would be fully charged if the generator delivers 4 Amps continuously
for 7,5 hours. In real life the numbers will differ but as long as there is
wind the generator will run 24 hours a day.
the battery pack is a 50,6% charge and we have a 5-6m/s wind that should
be picking up during the day. I will get back with the charging result tonight,
The wind generator
has been working since 06:00 this morning. The wind reached its peak, 14 m/s, around
14:00. As you all know we started at 50,6% charge and during the course of the
day the state of charge has increased to 84,0% (22:30).
During peak hours the generator generated as much as 395 watts (7,4 Amps * 53,5 volts).
day the generator has been adding almost 1,5 Kwh to the battery pack. A battery pack
full of wind power, does that mean that I'm sailing?
Have a nice
vacation, I know I will.