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  1. Good points on the surface but in reality no - this was studied but we all understand the logistics costs here. It would be far more economical to manufacture in the UK but as I said that was not the business premise - this would have been a "test site" for a larger business model. Emerging patents - well you can't defy physics I'm afraid - check out Weibull and read on from there if interested.
  2. Manufacture of wind or other renewable products here is simply not financially sensible mostly because of the logistics issues involved. However, the business premise of Prowind (or whomever) was an agreed strike price with the MEA for energy produced and UK initiatives such as CFD (Contract for Difference) and ROC's (Renewable Obligation Certificates). I'm sure you'll be able to find information on the internet as regards these. In the case of renewables for the Isle of Man they would have clearly been able to demonstrate the provenance of the "green" electricity produced. However, The Is
  3. @ dilligaf I am neither bragging nor complaining - I am merely trying to give an informed opinion. I'm afraid the obvious negativity plays a substantial part in dissuading this and other new business ventures - it seems from many comments that new business is not welcome unless it's online gambling where the Isle of Man is a leader. This would never have been a wind farm but could have been a solar farm which would have achieved Prowinds objective. I do feel for those whose time was wasted but both sides are at fault here. The only way to avoid such situations in the future is to be compl
  4. And a great shame for the island - there were jobs to be had. As I said - a real pity and this is unlikely to go any further. Maybe next time ..
  5. It's a great shame that there has been so much mis-information about this particular issue on both sides and to pre-empt the doubters I have been involved with this from an early stage. Neither side has played this well and ultimately the island has lost revenue and jobs. A real shame and one which should highlight the need for a transparent Government. A real pity
  6. Lisenchuk I thank you for your observations but my apologies - they are incorrect. I didn't make these remarks just to enter a "who can pee the highest" contest - there are some serious safety aspects to consider here and that is all I wished to point out. I completely understand the motives of those posting and sympathise - I an however concerned that some safety aspects are being overlooked - not maliciously but simply unintentionally. Please remember, the Isle of Man does have it's own anomalies particularly with regards to electrical rules and regs - BS7671 has been quite rightl
  7. Please do be careful with your comments - the use of central heating oil for a generator is not best publicised, neither is the fact you are just "using an extension lead to obviate any feedback" - if you connect a generator (of any sort - wind, diesel, PV, hydro or otherwise) to your consumer unit without either an approved isolation switch and / or G83/1 approved grid tie inverter you are asking for trouble. I think it may be best for you to delete these posts assuming that can be done?
  8. The situation with the MEA is they will charge you for: Network study - £240 Meter change - £240 Plus Home generation tariff of 2.5p per day which equates to around an extra 13p par day when compared to the standard tariff PLUS Additional dead tests and certification prior to the meter change This is why I believe a change over circuit so you do not have a grid interactive system is preferable - at least until the MEA rules change. I understand the comment re a generator and storage capacity from PV but you can store as much as you wish - it just costs more.
  9. If we go with wet batteries from a decent manufacturer then with the kind of load described and a decent charge controller then 10 years is a common guarantee period nowadays and a 15 year life should be eminently possible. This is for this application of course but you could go as far as you wanted - recombination, float service, cycle vs life calculations of Starved electrolyte / Gel if we opted fro a different battery etc etc etc. However, you are quite right that a small degree of maintenance for wet batteries would be needed to maximise the life so I should have made that clearer.
  10. Hi Yes I have calculated sufficient capacity to run a boiler system and £600 is I believe a realistic figure. Don't forget a 2KVA genny will only deliver around 1500 watts and for a microwave you would need a unit with a pure sine wave inverter. Even quasi sine wave wouldn't suit a microwave simply because of the electronics circuitry within modern microwaves. I would admit we'd have to sell a few but only around 20 or so to achieve the target price. Would be interested in any other general feedback.
  11. The genny is one solution and of course viable subject to the right type of genny and output. I'm concentrating on the PV solution though as it will supply power year round, no maintenance, no fuel, a 20 year lifespan and will also supply power at night. That said, so far not perceived as a great problem then?
  12. Following the recent power cuts (which we also experienced) it makes you realise just how precious a little bit of electricity is. Even Gas & Oil boilers still need a bit of power to run so during the power cuts, showers and heating are off the menu and it does get cold very quickly without the heating on. So - (assuming it's okay to solicit some feedback here) - do you think people would be interested in a small solar PV emergency power back up system? It could cope with the boiler load and provide a little bit of lighting as well. When not required for this "emergency" purpose it
  13. Unfortunately anything that generates electricity and is grid interactive requires; 1. A network study by the MEA - £240 2. A new net meter - £240 3. Dead test completed - circa £50 from your local electrician After the above you will also pay the MEA Home Generation Tariff which is a "penalty charge" for generating your own electricity As for heating, having attended to the insulation as someone prior quite wisely eluded to, look into a heat pump. Coupled with the Comfy Heat Tariff this is by far the lowest cost form of space heating system. Good luck
  14. Pleased to hear that - I'm very disappointed in those who profess to do renewables work on the Island - especially solar thermal systems which is done predominantly by plumbers. Perhaps this is because there are no standards / assessments required? The situation is worsened when you see frankly dangerous (and yes I do mean dangerous) installations. I have inspected numerous systems in the last year and without exception all have had faults. I think the most frustrating thing is the public are being conned - if all systems were represented for what they are and what they can do (as well as
  15. Come on chaps - just £2 to start? I know you're more generous than that ..
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