My Home Brewed Tracker

Discussion in 'Solar Power' started by mark99, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. mark99

    mark99 WindyNation Engineer

    My Home Brewed Tracker
    I just wanted to share some of my ideas as well as yours. I read the forum almost every day. I find it full of good ideas and people. There are a few photos of when I started it under Bluejays posting trackers for under 125 bucks. I was a little surprised at how much it increased my amp power. The best I could get with them fixed was 14 amps at high noon. It would only be 3 or 4 amps in the morning and afternoon. It puts out 16 amps from 9 am to 3 pm now. Trackers are well worth the time and money! Mark[attachment=2:gitrna65]email tracker4.jpg[/attachment:gitrna65][attachment=1:gitrna65]email tracker12.jpg[/attachment:gitrna65][attachment=0:gitrna65]email tracker13.jpg[/attachment:gitrna65]

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  2. timber

    timber WindyNation Engineer

    Thanks for the post and pics Mark.
    Good to know that you are seeing such good results from using a tracker.
    I have plans for one in the future, glad the future holds some promising results.
    Thanks for posting!

  3. windyguru

    windyguru WindyNation Expert


    It looks great. And also because it is in your yard, surrounded by trees and buildings, you won't have to worry too much about wind loading when you get big winds.

    Now you get to maximize sun power all day long (or I should say whenever the sun is out) :D
  4. mark99

    mark99 WindyNation Engineer

    Thank You both for your kind words .So far all systems are go. I have two grid tie inverters coming, One for wind and one for solar. My battery bank is not that large and they are charged before noon, I am looking forward to using some of that afternoon power. I have been following Larry and Murrys work on grid tie ins very closely. Their work in this area and their willingness to share it has helped me and I am sure others to build a good, safe GTI system. Many Thanks Mark
  5. leamywind1

    leamywind1 WindyNation Engineer

    Nice job Mark. Always a pleasure reading you post's. Keep up the great work buddy.

    Looking forward to seeing more turbines and panels. :D
  6. murray2paddles

    murray2paddles WindyNation Engineer

    Great work Mark, yard looks awesome !
    Thanks for the info on helping me with my tracker.
    Man I know what you mean about the increase in following the sun, just by moving mine a few times per day by hand and the increase of watts.
    Mark, What time of year do you set up your solar water heating ?
  7. mark99

    mark99 WindyNation Engineer

    Thanks Larry and Murry,
    Both of you guys have been a great help in our wind and sun energy production. I have made mistakes and would have made more if it was not for your sharing information and going out ahead of us to see what works and what does not.I am starting down the GTI road and it is good to have a map.It is also good to be able to raise and lower my wind mill with out fear of dropping it and smashing it to bits.
    Murry, I was happy to help.So far all is working well.If I can help please let me know.I finshed my saftey relay Sunday and even put a little solar power back into the grid.I started the solar hot water system last week.I have to wait for the sun to get high enough to clear some trees.We are still getting some cold nights so I switch back and forth between the wood stove and the panels for a few weeks.Just two valves and a switch. You both take care and I will talk to you soon Mark
  8. Okay guys where can I buy these parts?
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  9. windyguru

    windyguru WindyNation Expert

    If you send Mark a private message, I am sure he will tell you where he got everything for his tracker.
  10. Thanks guru

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