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Gardens and stuff

Discussion in 'Randomination' started by LutonSpurs, 31 May 2020.

  1. glasgowspur

    glasgowspur Christian Ziege

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    Link has disappeared.
    Just been checking, doesn't look like that would work. Pity about that, quite fancied that.
     
  2. Rorschach

    Rorschach Tony Galvin

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    I don't see a wattage on the description so hard to tell.

    I only really have a rudimentary understanding of this, but a PV Panel/12v battery setup is DC whereas this appliance is AC. The inverter changes one to the other. Say in a campervan you would have 2 batteries. One is for driving and the other is for the appliances and would be connected to an inverter. For your purposes going down this road might not be the best fit. Maybe an inverter generator (they are not as noisy) or a circuit out from your house might be a better approach.
    edit: you also need to worry about the batteries too. Running them down to nothing can damage them unless they are deep cycle or lithium.
     
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  3. SpurMeUp

    SpurMeUp Nayim

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    You get what you pay for, and this looks too cheap https://www.wish.com/product/5ddf7b2bd691bc5caf935be0?from_ad=goog_shopping&_display_country_code=GB&_force_currency_code=GBP&pid=googleadwords_int&c={campaignId}&ad_cid=5ddf7b2bd691bc5caf935be0&ad_cc=GB&ad_curr=GBP&ad_price=28.00&campaign_id=10079127766&gclid=Cj0KCQjww_f2BRC-ARIsAP3zarFb-8iTQa9y_h90CSN0GH5xMwl7pqdpRWy2JAdsSheUMfFDIc7jHcIaAp3DEALw_wcB&hide_login_modal=true&share=web


    With LED lights using so little power, something similar could work....?

    This looks better, thanks for @Bedfordspurs https://www.thesolarcentre.co.uk/products/Geo_1_Mains_Free_Solar_Lighting_Kit-554-85.html
     
  4. Rorschach

    Rorschach Tony Galvin

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    I'd doubt that the first one is a 400W panel. They are expensive and a lot bigger than the one shown in the image. Steer clear I would say.

    Yes LEDs are your man. Low wattage. If you are charging batteries I think you might need a charge controller to stop it overcharging, though I could be wrong on this.

    If it is only for lights may be a rechargeable lithium/panel/light combo is the cheapest solution.
     
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  5. glasgowspur

    glasgowspur Christian Ziege

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    Thanks, I will dig deeper.
    I have a supply out to the garage, but although it's a small thing it would be a step towards greener energy usage.
    Every little bit and all that.
     
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  6. Rorschach

    Rorschach Tony Galvin

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    Stick a few PV panels on your house would be the way to go ;)
     
  7. glasgowspur

    glasgowspur Christian Ziege

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    I will be renewing our roof over the next five years, I intend looking into then.
     
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  8. LutonSpurs

    LutonSpurs Eric Dear

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    What you planted so far this year lads?

    I have mint, coriander, tomoatoes. All coming along superbly well
     
  9. Glenda's Legs

    Glenda's Legs Steffen Iversen

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    Trying tomatoes for the first time.
    They haven't died yet, so I am seeing that as good progress.
     
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  10. glasgowspur

    glasgowspur Christian Ziege

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    Toms, that have taken over a room, coriander, lettuce, chillies and sweet peppers.
     
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  11. Bedfordspurs

    Bedfordspurs Jürgen Klinsmann

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    I’d hold fire on any roof replacement until solar tiles become “the norm”
    I know it’s been developed in the states but not really pushed and I’m not up to speed on where their at but that’s the way to go
    Tesla we’re doing them
     
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    parklane1 Steve Sedgley

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    You can not beat a bit of " homegrown" :cool:
     
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    glasgowspur Christian Ziege

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    It's one of the reasons I'm hedging. Cost is an issue mind you because it's a big ole roof and I don't expect the new fangled one to be cheap.
     
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    Bedfordspurs Jürgen Klinsmann

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    About 4 times the cost is day but the payback should be ok
     
  15. markysimmo

    markysimmo Johnny nice-tits

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    My pal has a company that does all that work, I can pass his details over if you was interested
     
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    glasgowspur Christian Ziege

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    Yes please, as I say it's a whole off as there is other priorities but the more info the better.
     
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    Rorschach Tony Galvin

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    There are a few options out there now but the price is astronomical and the output from the tile is not great either. The tesla ones, in particular, cost big big money. I toyed briefly with the idea of using them for the self-build I'm working on but the negatives quickly outweighed any positives. In fact, there were no positives really.
    A few practical issues beyond the cost. It only makes sense to put them on the south-facing aspect where they really work, so visual consistency won't be achieved. If you cover your roof you paying for tiles that do nothing. You can't cut them for the edges, hips and valleys so the edges will different. I imagine the weight also must be more of a consideration compared to current panels, so you might need to reinforce your roof structure to take the added load. They might sort all those things out but normal PV is so cheap now I doubt they'll catch on in any big way. My tuppence worth.
     
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  18. P.D.

    P.D. Vedran Corluka

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    Why not just re-seed, I can see the attraction but just prefer real grass. Weirdly enjoy the therapy of mowing the lawn each weekend as well. Doesn't all the rain just sit on top, what's the drainage like?
     
  19. ricky2tricky4city

    ricky2tricky4city Jimmy McCormick

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    Sun? He lives in f.cking Scotland...a wind turbine might be better:D
     
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    ricky2tricky4city Jimmy McCormick

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    Peas, runners, broad beans, french beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweetcorn, potatoes, aubergines, peppers, spring greens, calabrese, red onions, Japanese onions, spring onions, radishes, all kinds of lettuce, covolo nero, russian kale, beetroot, asparagus plus all the fruit is coming along.. raspberries, strawberries, blackberry, blackcurrants, gooseberrys, redcurrants, blueberries, apple's, pears, cherries, peaches and grapes and all the annual herbs.

    It's not just me growing all this. There's a few old clams helping:)
     
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