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  •  I agree, particularly on (4+ / 0-)

    flathead, single cylinder, air-cooled motors (plus I hate the noise!).
    I'd love to get entirely off grid, low voltage lights, the whole bit. The retrofit I'd need would be pretty spendy.
    I'm way off the beaten path (for the CT shoreline) and services out here are flaky at best.
    As for batteries, I'm figuring that within a few years, Lion automotive batteries (480V) will become more readily available and running that as basically a huge UPS through an inverter/controller system that allowed inputs from solar, wind, low-head hydro, grid and generator. Then, no matter what source, at what time of day, you can store it and use it clean, when you need.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 11:35:16 AM PST

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    •  One little issue about Lion Batteries (3+ / 0-)
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      Just Bob, kurt, FarWestGirl

      They have a very short service life because they be recharged only a few thousand times at most before they start to loose capacity.  They are also known for catching fire if mishandled or overcharged (its rare today).  

      Most computer UPS systems rely on SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) Batteries and many people who are going off grid are at least looking at Nickel Iron Batteries because they are known for long (20+ year) service lives with proper maintenance.  

      https://en.wikipedia.org/...

      Under capitalism man exploits man, under communism the roles are reversed.

      by DavidMS on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 08:36:52 PM PST

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