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Old 26-06-2012, 06:23   #1
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Adding Solar and Wind to Existing System

Hi All,
I am considering adding Wind and/or solar generation to my existing Xantrex freedom 12, 1500 watt, freedom 15 house charger and Link 2000 dual battery monitor.
Has anyone done this? and how do you add the new charging systems without compromising the existing system?

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Old 26-06-2012, 06:48   #2
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Re: Adding Solar and Wind to Existing System

we will not be much help as i am not an electrician - but we added 3 130watt kycera solar panels with a 2512 blue sky controller direct to the batteries - we do not have wind (yet) -
we have the same set up as you with a freedom 12, and a house charger but being a bit older we have a link 10

not sure where you are going to use your boat but we rarely stay in marinas (except for upcoming hurricane season in trinidad) and when we do we do not connect to electricity unless we are running power tools ( we do not have ac) -

probably not much help

just our opinion
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Old 26-06-2012, 07:06   #3
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Re: Adding Solar and Wind to Existing System

I have my solar panels and wind generator essentially connected to my battery bank. The solar controller electronics (Morningstar Pro 15) and my wind turbine (Marine Air-X) have controlling electronics that cut out when the battery is fully charged. They are separate systems and operate as such. I have them connected just before my Xantrex XBM battery monitor so I can monitor their current contributions to the battery bank. Works very well. I actually have both 12 volt (solar)and 48 volt systems (solar & wind) (electric propulsion) that complement each other very well:
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