generating electricity

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Ashanti, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Ashanti

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    How much voltage must be generated in order for it to be useful at home? I can generate 24VAC. Can that be made useful in running a home?
     
  2. strantor

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    That depends. How many amps? You can step it up with a transformer to 120 or 240v. Something tells me though that your 24v is gutless and your higher voltage is also going to be gutless.
     
  3. Wendy

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    What Strandor is talking about is wattage. You can convert 24VDC into AC. A 100W bulb would use 4 amps at 24VDC.

    P (wattage) = I (Currect) X V (Voltage)

    One common problem, conversion is never 100% efficient. So you have to also make up the losses during conversion.
     
  4. Brownout

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    I can run much of my home on 12V or 24V. It's set up that way in case of a power outtage. So, it is possible for 24V to be useful, you only need to find 12/24V appliances.
     
  5. Bernard

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    What is usefull V-- 24 solar panels are cranking out 293V DC, producing 4.2 Kw AC, or around 30kWh /day, which covers about 93% of electric load.
     
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