I want to install a large solar
panel system (approx 500W) on my Gulfstar
M53 and would like to tie this into my XANTREX 2112 Inverter
system - don't even know if this is possible? Have considered wind generator
but since the Gulfstar
is a Ketch
- the radar
dome is mounted to the front side of the mizzen and wind
genny may be a bit too much "rig" for the expected output - hence my "solar" investment decision.
My goal is to have the solar
charge the 6 x AGM
(6V) bank to ensure fresh charge when sailing or on the hook to run fridges (x2), auto-pilot, radios, instruments, radar
winches underway and to refresh charge when running other "on hook" electronics
(12V lights, fans, TV, DVD
, computer, charging
stations [phones, AAA/AA/C/D batteries], SSB
I will run the big diesel
genny for AC/Heat, water-maker, hot water
heater, micro-wave, washer-dryer and to plus up the juice the solar can't keep up with based on "power-hogging" to live comfortably when away from the dock
Anyone out there have experience with mating solar and XANTREX systems as "one" so I don't wind
up with two "separate" setups or extra parts
? I have no issues with solar panel space, I am well versed in skills needed to install - my question is: Since I am "solar ignorant," what components of a solar "control" system are required to tie into my XANTREX inverter/power management setup. Some details:
Trace Engineering XANTREX 2112 is currently set up for "total" power management for both 110 AC and 12V (inverted) circuits. I have a 50A shore power
input and a 16KW Phaser K4 (Kubota) diesel
genny with XANTREX controlled auto-start. The John Deere 360 HP Turbo Diesel main engine
has a high output alternator
that is tied thru the "smart" XANTREX system and cooperates with the shore power
and Aux Genny inputs for a total charging
solution. Adding the solar is new to me.
I have consulted the XANTREX manual and will soon contact the technicians on this issue - just looking for someone out there that may have done this "hook-up" and has it currently working on board?
Would really appreciate any advice from cruisers that have hands on experience with this and made it work (with any large "smart" inverter/power management system).
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