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Old 25-12-2017, 07:06   #31
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Re: Solar and Lucia 40

a lot of effort, you must lock the drawer somehow.

I consider this dessign useless in the long run, usually you want all your panels out to catch sun rays, you probably will never colapse the array except during a storm - but even then a rigid construction might be better.

also a solid construction would be lighter and more powerfull, e.g 5 panels side by side in an array of 5.25m x 1.50m with a total capacity of 1.650Wh using 330Wp panels 1.05m x 1.5m in size.
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Old 25-12-2017, 14:44   #32
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Iíve got 2 Panasonic 325 watt panels and with a sunny day will easily put out 3kw. I run fridge, separate freezer, AC hot water heater, tv lights etc. Iím curious about these larger arrays and what you all will do with extra power...
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Old 25-12-2017, 15:00   #33
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Iíve got 2 Panasonic 325 watt panels and with a sunny day will easily put out 3kw. I run fridge, separate freezer, AC hot water heater, tv lights etc. Iím curious about these larger arrays and what you all will do with extra power...
I have 4x 330W and there are quite a few days in a year where I could use some more. It does not only depend on your needs, it also depends on where & when you are.
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Old 26-12-2017, 09:12   #34
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a lot of effort, you must lock the drawer somehow.

I consider this dessign useless in the long run, usually you want all your panels out to catch sun rays, you probably will never colapse the array except during a storm - but even then a rigid construction might be better.

also a solid construction would be lighter and more powerfull, e.g 5 panels side by side in an array of 5.25m x 1.50m with a total capacity of 1.650Wh using 330Wp panels 1.05m x 1.5m in size.
This is a study for those who do not want any overhang. In my case I would prefer not to have. If the designers of the Lucia made such simulation they would realize that making the bimini just 12in longer, with proper reinforcement because the actual is a bit "flimzy", owners can add over 1000W without affecting "the look".
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Old 26-12-2017, 09:16   #35
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Iíve got 2 Panasonic 325 watt panels and with a sunny day will easily put out 3kw. I run fridge, separate freezer, AC hot water heater, tv lights etc. Iím curious about these larger arrays and what you all will do with extra power...
We will be live-aboard for 12 weeks periods and ky wife (and mee too) HATE generator and I try to avoid it even in a cloudy day. From what others said, 1000W in enough to give good service even in a cloudy day. We have a genset only for US charter needing AC and a diving compressor.
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I have 4x 330W and there are quite a few days in a year where I could use some more. It does not only depend on your needs, it also depends on where & when you are.
Good hint
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Old 26-12-2017, 13:49   #37
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Iíve got this Victron, blue solar charge controller with a blue tooth adapter called a dongle. I was looking at history but it only goes back 30 days. Seems like I remember very cloudy rainy days where the system only put out a couple hundred watts.

I plan to run my generator in these unfortunate situations or perhaps the inboard diesel if it hasnít been run in a while.

Iím not sure any array would be large enough not to have some auxiliary power if there were a week of heavy clouds.

Hmmm
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I want to add 5 of them on my Lagoon, mainly for the fridges and freezer, watermaker, autopilot, navigation and induction cooktop plus some kitchen gadgets and icemaker for the sundowners...
Also a diving compressor would be a consumer from time to time. 1.000 Ah LiFeYPO4 is planned as storage plus a 5kW inverter charger. The more power you have the more ideas come up...
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