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zero sun hours today

Post: #169763 paul123456
Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:14 pm

Hello there ,

for the first time since April , today was really the first day that we had absolutely zero sunhours.

I can see howmany sunhours we've had on a digital display which registers the amount of kwh radiated by the sun, the energy
if collected is then fed into the solar boiler .
Seems that autumn is started then ,

So on a day like this , I light the fires which feed the heating and today they made 23 kwh , which is equivelant to
2,3 m3 of gas , at a cost of only picking the firewood up out of the forest .

thats it ,

regards ,

Paul

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Re: zero sun hours today

Post: #169773 dave45
Sat Sep 26, 2009 11:41 pm

zero sun hours is quite normal here in Lancashire. At any time of year.

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Re: zero sun hours today

Post: #175046 Turtuga Blanku
Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:21 pm

dave45 wrote:zero sun hours is quite normal here in Lancashire. At any time of year.

:lol:

zero sun hours would be scary here, in the Caribbean. :iconbiggrin:
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Re: zero sun hours today

Post: #220385 solarwind
Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:15 pm

The recent weather in December and early January conspired to couple almost complete lack of wind with no sunshine, high pressure gloom I think they call it. Despite cutting load to the bare minimum I was forced to use a grid connection for a while. It was disappointing to have to do so. and I must find a way of avoiding further disappointment, a woodburning steam driven alternator perhaps?

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Re: zero sun hours today

Post: #220455 TheGoodEarth
Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:26 pm

or a diesel generator run on used vegetable oil?
No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery

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Re: zero sun hours today

Post: #220466 solarwind
Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:01 pm

TheGoodEarth, I take your point, I've even got a suitable Lister generator, it would be so much easier, the trouble is,I've no used vegetable oil, but plenty of wood.

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Re: zero sun hours today

Post: #220883 paul123456
Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:18 pm

Hello there ,

In holland there are collection points in supermarkets for used vegetable oil , this is then converted into a high profit
material for some outfit .Is it not possible to collect your own vegetable oil ?
What if you could collect the oil which is contaminated with dioxin , in Holland and Germany which is now been introduced
to the food chain and burn that ?
Do you say it would kill 2 birds with 0ne stone ?

regards ,

Paul

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Re: zero sun hours today

Post: #220918 solarwind
Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:49 pm

Hello Paul,

Snowdonia has such a low population density and as I live up in the hills miles from anywhere I could well use more fuel collecting used vegetable oil than I collected. I used to use fresh vegetable oil in a diesel 4x4 until the price became comparable with diesel, and all perfectly legal too. I'm not sure that putting dioxins into the atmosphere would be a good idea although as you say it would kill 2 birds with one stone ( and maybe a few people too).

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Re: zero sun hours today

Post: #220938 battybird
Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:01 pm

We had a similar problem with our solar power in November/december. So little sun that we had to ration the lights and used our old oil lamp and candles instead. And the DVD player was a no hoper. We are seriously thinking about trying a water turbine in the small stream in our land. Have to be free / cheap though. Anyone got any really easy plans??
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Re: zero sun hours today

Post: #221916 TheGoodEarth
Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:02 pm

battybird wrote:We had a similar problem with our solar power in November/december. So little sun that we had to ration the lights and used our old oil lamp and candles instead. And the DVD player was a no hoper. We are seriously thinking about trying a water turbine in the small stream in our land. Have to be free / cheap though. Anyone got any really easy plans??


This should help you get started.

http://www.british-hydro.org/mini-hydro/index.html
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Re: zero sun hours today

Post: #221931 MandyWB
Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:21 pm

dave45 wrote:zero sun hours is quite normal here in Lancashire. At any time of year.


As we are on day two of our 3 day PV array installation and we live in Lancs I find this a little worrying :shock:


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