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Everything else / Re: Easy PV water heating
« on: October 01, 2022, 06:51:48 PM »
Hi Bruce

The direct pv worked well, thanks to yourself and all the others that weighed in, this is a great forum to be a part of!

I've just ordered a 200v, 50amp version of this.....

EPEVER®MPPT Solar Laderegler Tracer 5420AN 6420AN 8420AN 10420AN 12V/24V/36V/48V

The Midnight Solar one is well sexy but with import and customs duties it'll be about twice the cost of the whole system so far, including two days of Juliette the roofer helping me with the bracketry.......

At least I'm in France and away from the plummeting pound!

The above controller is coming directly from Germany so it's an inter European deal.

I like the Zenner diode / SSR cutout, the most I've seen when charging is 14.7v at the battery bank, so would a 16v Zenner diode be appropriate?

Thanks again,
Cheers
Stef




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Everything else / Re: Easy PV water heating
« on: September 30, 2022, 04:50:54 PM »
Hi All

Well, the 'Easy PV water heating' has worked well and has kept me in hot water every evening bar two until late last week.

We've just had the first of the winter storms and snow down to 1700m, less than 2k from here (5500 feet / 1 1/4 miles) so I'll be lighting the wood burner from now on for heating, hot water and cooking.

Today, in bright sunshine, just after noon, the four panels were producing 147vots, (wired in series) and are each rated at 260w,

it seems a shame not to use the solar power, so, could anyone give me a lead towards a solar charge controller that will handle this output without me re configuring the wiring into parallel, please?

Thanks in advance,
Cheers
Stef


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Hi SP

18mm 'should' do it. I don't know if you are aware, but 8.8 is the type of steel the bar is made of, the smaller / finer the thread is the more it will turn the torque you are putting in into a 'pulling force'

Think of it like gearing down.......

Cheers
Stef

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Hi SP

Looks like more great work!

it's hard to tell from your photo, but it looks like fine threaded bar you're using on the jig. there's a 0.5mm thread for 20mm bar if you haven't gone that fine

Also, a trip to the local fire safety company might help, ask if they have a CO2 fire extinguisher that is at the end of it's life. Once you have the jig on maximum tension open the doors and windows and empty the extinguisher through the centre of the liner.

Do not stand in front / in line with the threaded bar, in case the cold causes it to break, otherwise we'll have to get Cobbadog and Bob over to finish the rebuild.....

Cheers
Sterf




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Other Slow Speed Diesels / Re: What? Can be there a Bamford?
« on: August 14, 2022, 12:24:06 PM »
Hi SP

Do you have an ex police dog that has retrained to sniff out old diesel and engine oil?

Another great find, good effort.

Cheers
Stef

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Generators / Re: Welding off the Lister
« on: August 12, 2022, 09:08:04 AM »
Hi All

Bruce,
Thanks for that, I can see that it's not a way to go if you were trying to build a welder / generator on the cheap, I was more taken with the fact I have the Lister and several alternators to hand, in fact the only parts I'd need to buy would be the drive belt and the rheostat.

The Lister would be spinning the Stamford, to provide 220v for a 12v source for the rheostat, but if the maths don't stack up I guess that's that, and as you know doing the sums is a black art to me!

Looking at an online HP to Watts converter it seems that it would require 3 HP at 24v to be in the ball park, is it feasible to get that much from a car / truck alternator?

Mike.

We've gone well past the realms of my modest means, here's my daily driver.....


Bob,

Thanks for the offer, it would probably be easier to come and pick an old genny up from Taz than get one imported to France!

Cheers
Stef



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Generators / Re: Welding off the Lister
« on: August 11, 2022, 03:54:52 PM »
Hi All

So, thinking about Mihit's suggestion ref ditching all the in betweens and welding straight from the alternator, how about this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu_n1L84BRg

it looks reasonable, and along with the suggestions in the comments below, could be a way head. driving an alternator pulley off the outside of Lister flywheel

is going to get the alternator into the 5000rpm range, and the Lister has three times the output of the motor in the clip.........

All comments, derision and Land Rover lovers welcome!!

Cheers
Stef

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Generators / Re: Welding off the Lister
« on: August 11, 2022, 01:59:56 PM »
Hi Mike

That's not dear, in NZ dollars

Try this
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/284904772551?hash=item4255a5d3c7:g:D64AAOSwHPVipc2B

In GB pounds!

Cheers
Stef

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Generators / Re: Welding off the Lister
« on: August 10, 2022, 09:35:33 PM »
Hi All

Bob

Hope all is well down in Taz....

Thanks for the encouraging noises, I'll drag some more kit up here and give it a go, I'm hoping to put a five speed gearbox in my 88" Land Rover next month and that'll involve knocking up new engine mounts as the later box is around 150mm longer, I should have bought a bigger truck!

Mike

That's a good shout, a quick scout around here and they seem a bit dear, still I'm going to go back to the UK at the end of the month, who knows what I can find at the Great Dorset Steam fair...

Cheers
Stef




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Generators / Re: Welding off the Lister
« on: August 09, 2022, 07:04:26 AM »
Hi Bruce

Thanks for yet another swift reply!

 I got to the same answer, but, given my well know lack of experience / knowledge / and confidence with all things electronic it's good to have my hand held, I imagine you worked it our a lot swifter than I did!

I know the CS is good for around 3000w 'cos I rigged a bank of 6 x 500w lamps as a test load some while back, it got smokey but didn't die. I've got room for a few more revs as I'm running at 50Hhz at the moment. The fly wheels are original Lister and have no apparent damage.

I guess it's which folds first, the inverter or the AVR. I also have a big old air cooled industrial welder it's been wired for 220v single phase since I've had it, would this be a better / safer option?

Cheers
Stef

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Generators / Welding off the Lister
« on: August 08, 2022, 10:43:54 PM »
Hi All

So, four years into the barn rebuild I've got the Lister,CS 6/1  mounted on a couple of steel beams and driving a Stanford 8.1, alternator up here, I squeezed it into my homemade back box and the '84 Ford 6610 lifted it, I've no idea how much it weighs, but as I had to cover 2 k on the main road I backed it up with a couple of ratchet straps, just incase.....

It wasn't a comfortable couple of k!

My question is,

Could I weld using 2.5mm / 3/32" rods and a decent inverter with the above combination?

Cheers
Stef

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Everything else / Re: Heat sand to 400F
« on: July 29, 2022, 07:17:37 AM »
Hi all

There might still be a little bit left in the project.......

If you built a 'reservoir' of concrete blocks, laid dry, along on wall, say 6' long x 4' high x 2'thick, run the exhaust through it 2 / 3 times, fill the blocks with sand and insulate the back, ends, top and bottom with a few slabs of polystyrene, you'd have something very similar to the old 1970's storage heaters.

Relativity cheap to build, free to heat, and run. If it didn't work out you could take it apart, buy a bag of cement and make a coal bunker!

It would depend on the layout of your workshop / garage and how many hours a day you ran the genny but there might be something in it.

Cheers
Stef


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General Discussion / Re: Neat Videos Online (Youtube etc)
« on: July 27, 2022, 11:45:25 AM »
Ok, here's one I found earlier......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4JhruinbWc


Cheers
Stef

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General Discussion / Re: Neat Videos Online (Youtube etc)
« on: July 26, 2022, 08:07:45 PM »

A great link to something extraordinary that was an everyday event, every now and then there's a post showing guys in the Indian sub continent doing similar things on a tiny scale, thanks for the post, mihit

Ade, do we have, or if not, please could we have, a spot where we can post things like this?

I know there's 'Everything Else' and it has little to do with the core of the Lister Engine Forum, but a few posts like this, every month would make great bed time reading........

Cheers
Stef

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Everything else / Re: Heat sand to 400F
« on: July 23, 2022, 08:51:20 AM »
Hi Veggie

Interesting point Bob makes. I'd not considered it, but when you add that to Mikes comments and have more mass at a lower temperature you get to to about where I am in my barn.

It's a single open plan room, two floors high, 9m long x 5 m wide with a poured steel reinforced concrete floor that rests on 60mm of polystyrene insulation, the depth varies but it must be about 200mm on the average. On top of that is a screed with around 130m of 16mm bore plastic pipe (PEX) in 4 different runs, around the room, none of which is in the areas under the cabinets ect. on that is the flooring, 15mm of good quality concrete tiles (with a very realistic concrete floor

So, probably an eight cubic meters mass.

I ran it in the winter, of a wood burning Rayburn cooker, which was also supplying two large cast iron radiators, two bathroom type heated towel rails  and, with first call on the hot water, a 110 litre tank,

I ordered lots of aquarium type thermometers, with a 1m tail on the sensor (3/4 Euros each) and put them everywhere on the circuits so I could tell where the heat was going, not exactly, as I have no flow meters but enough to give me a good stating point for balancing the system. I also made great use of an infra red thermometer.

To cut a long story short I started with the building stone cold (February, - 10 degrees c outside, +2 inside - I was putting water under the at  +30 degrees c and at the return to the boiler it was coming out at 8 / 10 degrees c. after 3 days of day time running it was coming out at around 20 c

I moved in (a domestic rebellion by me.....) and after a week I was going to bed with the downstairs at 18 degrees ans upstairs in the bedroom part at 21.

By morning downstairs was around 12 / 14 degrees, still - 10 outside. Obviously the larger part of the rise in temperature was caused by the rest of the system.

A far smaller cube of sand at 400f - around 200c, and 10 times hotter than my floor slab would do it do it but you'd have something like a large piece of furniture in the room and have to have system for recovering and distributing the heat later.

I installed the underfloor heating to 'dump' remaining heat from the water rather than as a primary heat source and it's set up in such a way that should I get around to building a small hydro generator I have a dump for the power in the early morning hours when the batteries are topped up.

In conclusion, I'd say that if you wish to use electric to build up a store of heat then I'd look at an under system for the mass and lower temperatures. Not an easy thing to retro fit I know!

The one thing I have realised from this thread is that if I do another barn conversion involving a diesel generator the exhaust will be in a trench filled with concrete under the ground floor!

I hope this gives you some real world information to work with

Cheers
Stef

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