Running all my solar runs and dc power

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by bluejay, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. bluejay

    bluejay WindyNation Engineer

    In 0 guage heavily stranded car audio wire and all the panels in my new pole mount will be ran on 4 gauge. I bought the gold fusion blocks and will put them into the weatherproof pvc box on each pole..

    Theres a reason the car audio guys that are running 2-3 alternators use the big wire..Can handle many amps and little resistance for the dc to travel...I will post pics of my angle iron frame on a swiveling pipe for changing the angle.

    Now to make all my grid tie wires that connect out of 0 guage..Walmart had the copper ends to crimp onto that big of a wire....

    I am going to get every drop of juice out of these solars...
  2. bluejay

    bluejay WindyNation Engineer


    Change of plan Al my wires will be 4 guage multistrand(over 1000 strands!)..I found ringterminals made of gold and all my distrubution blocks are gold. I will run large amounts of solar into this main feed into my house and then split the dc to feed more than one dedicated breaker for feedback.

    The frame is very sturdy and I will have a 6 inch gap on the first level to stick my hand and wrench in from under neath. i bolted a handle to the bottom incase its windy.

    I bolted thru the end of the pipe and put a steel strap to make a triangle pinch clamp on the ends to make it solid like a rock..

    The bottom row could be upgraded to 2 100 watters because of the 6 inch gap(I think,havent checked my suppliers lenth yet)..but the first row has to have the space to reach the 2 locking bolts drilled and tapped thru the t..

    I love the good green! :mrgreen: Engineer at heart!
  3. bluejay

    bluejay WindyNation Engineer

    I will post pics once I rewire my board with all the grid ties and the new 4 gauge wire...Now I will be in the market for a good diversion controller and have only seen one that can use all heavy gauge wire..Give me some Ideas..I would hate to run all my power in huge wires in only to have to use 10-12 gauge at my controller..

    someone teach me what I should start looking for..

    As of now my wind and solar merge with the dc to feed 5 300 watters wired in parallel.
  4. Minnesota

    Minnesota WindyNation Engineer

    Looks pretty slick. I have been doing some solar testing and they sure are sensitive to shadows and to angle. Shadows in particular. People don't realize that each cell is like a "AAA" battery, and when they are all in series if one cell gets "sick" due to a shadow or a leaf, then the entire panel's output essentially collapses to near zero. If you string multiple panels together in series then they also get choked. What you are doing will be so cool. I can sense a tracker project will be next.

    No advice on the wiring other than use the least amont of switches in high current runs as possible as they are just metal-on-metal contacts held tight to each other with springs. Use fuses vs. breakers where possible ...

    Can't wait to see the panel. A vid of it would be awesome, and do it when its producing!

  5. bluejay

    bluejay WindyNation Engineer


    I am gonna bolt a board on the pole to put 2 boxes mounted on there also.I am sick of 90+ heat!
    everything is for 4 gauge wire.
    I will be making a round mold at the base of the pole to pour more concrete to lock in the electric pvc.

    The holes on top of the box will be there if I decide to keep some on the roof as I keep adding more..

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