I am a backwoods boat builder, woodworker, old motorcycle restorer, and jack of all trades. I live off the grid, run my own power plant, both hydro and solar, and love to restore and maintain any well designed system to be off service practically for as long as possible.
Hydro plant with 2 nozzles, (a.k.a. "Schnödels" in German) generating 200w continuously with 17' head and about 1gal/sec volume. It has a brass turgo wheel, which looks like the fan in a jet engine. The generator itself is a permanent magnet setup, which are glued under the spinning hub, the pick up coils are embedded in the epoxy below. By raising and lowering the hub, I can optimize the resistance of the magnetic fields versus the available power from the water pressure...if that makes any sense to you. The fogged up box contains a heat coil, to which power gets diverted when the battery reaches overfull conditions, as determined by voltage regulator. The other image is my catchment, with a high tech refrigerator grill as an intake filter. Solar panels generate my power in the summer, and a little yamaha 3Kw genny is there as backup...hardly ever runs.
Here is my shop for cedar kayak and furniture building, with attached greenhouse and solar panels in front.
Since Mayer asked to see my solar set up, here are my panels:
They are attached so I can tilt them as the sun moves across the sky:
The battery bank and the Outback inverter and charge controller:
MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Models A1226 and A1260 Logic Board
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