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    Solar Folding

    Running a little experiment here right now, on my only remaining 24/7 folder.
    Its a 1.3 Tulatin, 32 meg vid card, 20 gig hard drive and 256 Ram.
    It is now running off a 400 watt inverter, 1 Deep Cycle marine battery, and a 2 watt solar panel.
    Electric costs were why I all but stopped folding, Hence this experiment, if it works out a larger panel will be in my future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris
    Running a little experiment here right now, on my only remaining 24/7 folder.
    Its a 1.3 Tulatin, 32 meg vid card, 20 gig hard drive and 256 Ram.
    It is now running off a 400 watt inverter, 1 Deep Cycle marine battery, and a 2 watt solar panel.
    Electric costs were why I all but stopped folding, Hence this experiment, if it works out a larger panel will be in my future.
    Thats great man. Hope it works! Hopefully tho that power will be clean and no spikes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thepieman
    Thats great man. Hope it works! Hopefully tho that power will be clean and no spikes.


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    actually the power is as clean or cleaner then a UPS.
    I know my battery was not fully charged when I started, got about 3 hours run time out of it.
    The 2 amp solar trickle ain't going to cut it.
    The draw by the comp was roughly 50 amps continuos.
    Have the battery on a deep cylce charger now to top it up so I can see the run time from full charge.
    I have been looking at prices on solar panels and Grid Tie Inverters,wow is all I can say.
    A grid tie inverter is in the $2500 range and 150 watt panels are in the $1200 range.
    I'm thinkin If I can swing a single panel first, and use the 800 watt inverter as my start up I can get going from there.
    Then if I can get the grid tie inverter second I will be on my way.
    And build my panel array a step at a time.
    I'm thinkin if I can get up to 6 panels I would be supplementing my power quite well.
    Nice thing with a grid tie inverter is that during the day if your usage is less then your output you can spin your meter backwards, then when the sun goes down you draw off the grid and hopefully end up as close to even as you can.

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    We were discussing that in the general base. The prices are just absolutely ridiculous for the cells. If you can get one of those things that sells power back to the Utility Company it can help a bit from what I understand


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    Keep us informed. As you say Electric bills are spirling out of sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris
    Running a little experiment here right now, on my only remaining 24/7 folder.
    Its a 1.3 Tulatin, 32 meg vid card, 20 gig hard drive and 256 Ram.
    It is now running off a 400 watt inverter, 1 Deep Cycle marine battery, and a 2 watt solar panel.
    Electric costs were why I all but stopped folding, Hence this experiment, if it works out a larger panel will be in my future.
    Now this isa cool idea Chris!

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    You should get double points for folding with solar!
    Join the Folding Team!

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    Don't know if you've checked out this place or not, but a 125Watt is $749.00.


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