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The question about alternate energy comes up a lot. Alternate energy is defined as the subject of generators, inverters ,solar cells and wind generators as well as alternative ways of of power generation. Like other stickys this topic is simply to save everyone some time searching. This thread is locked but the topics listed below are unlocked. If you have questions please post any questions in those threads.

Handy formulas you will need:
volts x amps = watts

Calculate max battery amperage available for an inverter - Total batter bank capacity in amps (Not cold cranking amps or CCA!) * .50

Approximate additional amps needed due to inverter efficiency loss = 10% to 15% of calculated amperage of draw

The threads listed here are by no means all of the threads on the subject. So if you have questions not addressed here please search the forum for the information. Also PM if you think a thread should be added here.

A Simple Generator Inlet for a Home:
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=115950

A chainsaw powered generator
http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/view ... 0&start=24" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Thread on a solar power system.
http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/view ... 39&t=29070" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Power generation at a ranch.
http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/view ... 39&t=32101" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Setting up a small solar array.
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=25535" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

A wind generator discussion
http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/view ... 39&t=44975" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

A discussion about a Thermal Electricity Generation (generating electricity from heat)
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 39&t=80057" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

A Transportable Solar Array Project (w/pics):
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... =6&t=99950" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Another Transportable Solar Array Project (w/pics):
http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/view ... 9&t=105471" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Too much "The Colony"??? (AOW Genny Build) (Pics Up!!!)
http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/view ... 9#p2436809" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Solar Options for my Radio-Shack/Man-Cave
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 39&t=99375" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Hall of Fame is another place to look for great articles.
http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=89" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Out side source links - These may move from time to time.

Alternatives to an Electrical Transfer Switch for a Generator:

http://www.generlink.com/about_generlink.cfm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.interlockkit.com/intro2.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


What is an Inverter - FAQ

http://www.invertersrus.com/inverterfaq.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.whistlergroup.com/faq-inverters-answers.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

How long can I run my inverter:
http://www.dcacpowerinverters.com/faq.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.donrowe.com/inverters/inverter_faq.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Lead Acid/AGM battery sizes:
http://www.windsun.com/Batteries/Battery_FAQ.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead%E2%80 ... _batteries" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.apexbattery.com/marine-batte ... eries.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

A NEW battery design - actually a very old battery design that is regaining popularity for its lifespan. Edison Batteries / nickel–iron battery (NiFe battery)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickel%E2% ... on_battery" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://ironedison.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Homemade batteries:
http://www.arizonaenergy.org/AltEnergyC ... teries.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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