Admittedly, my knowledge of this gizmo (and AC electrical
theory, generally) is pretty limited. But my understanding is that there are two ways to regulate voltage and frequency with belt-driven generators. The first is to figure out the math on the pulley ratios so that the generator
is turning at it's desired RPMs at your normal cruising RPMs. The second, and probably more practical, is to buy an external regulator
, so that maintaining a steady input RPM
isn't as crucial.
The previous owner had installed this and he was a bit of a Harry Boatowner type. He raved about it, but said that it had a tendency to eat belts. When I looked at it, the problem was pretty obviously the bracket he had "fabricated" that didn't align the pulleys. I decided to go the inverter route