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Watercourse management

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    Norfolk
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    Farmer/contractor

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  1. Great information, are the deep cycle lead acid batteries best for the job? Also how do you size the battery bank, I was thinking of monitoring the electricity meter when I’m not in the workshop for a week to see what the domestic draw is.
  2. Thanks openspaceman this is all gold information. We’re spending around 2 grand a year on electricity now due to go up to over 3 thousand a year, I need three phase purely to run my machining workshop, the inverter I’m using at the moment is good but I cannot use more than one machine at a time so three phase generation is always the end goal. There looks to be some large secondhand wind turbines coming up for sale locally as there green deal is coming to an end so it would be nice to incorporate one of these with Pv and the generator with a battery bank then export any excess power to the biomass buffer tank if that sounds feasible. Reading between the lines it seams to me that you need to go big on your renewable system to get a decent power return. Had a quick look at TEG thinking perhaps it could be incorporated with the biomass boiler but the efficiency compared to cost looks a bit scary.
  3. Are these figures correct in reality, hence the other thread. Also I run a Gilles 125kw wood chip boiler using our own chip from our work, great boiler picked it up secondhand after the rhi changed for basically scrap value.
  4. This all started when I read an article in the farmers weekly about a system by Powerguard which apparently should be fully automatic, the only big power load we have is my workshop hence three phase 30kva genni. If everything with the green power goes tits up I can run the farm on this. All our heating is from woodchip which I produce myself and we cook on gas. We live atop an ww2 air field so it’s always windy and have plenty of shed roofs for solar So I suppose the big question is do these systems like Powerguard advertise work.
  5. As per title, with our electricity prices jumping from 15 p per kWh to 27 kWh and not looking like it’s ever going to get a lot cheaper is it time to consider going off grid. I have been looking at systems which combine battery solar and wind backed up with a diesel generator to charge the batteries ( lead acid ) when they are discharged to 50 percent, also the genni would be 3 phase to run the workshop instead of using single phase inverters. anyone have any experience of these systems?
  6. One off a slurry tanker vacuum pump might fit.
  7. Never had one snap yet, and I’m running bands at 5200 feet per minute. Now I’ve jinxed it.
  8. Knocked these up to sharpen and set my bands, there simple and work.
  9. Acf 50 is what I use to keep rust at bay on bare metal, worth a look.
  10. Dunmow is closer then Norfolk, it doesn’t look too difficult from the photo.

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