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Generators and Inverters: Building Small Combined Heat and Power Systems For Remote Locations and Emergency Situations Paperback – September 7, 2006
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This book is part of a series of books written by the same author. Aluminium castings are used to solve a number of construction issues so you'll want his book "Build an Oil Fired Tilting Furnace" and his books "Metal Casting: A Sand Casting Manual For the Small Foundry Vol. 1 and Vol. 2" in your library as well.
The biggest issues are that for whatever reason, this guy is expecting you to fabricate your own metal parts from a foundry. This isn't realistic for most DIY type of people. We need something that is easily done and doesn't require any serious skill or equipment.
The book seems to go quite a bit into the mathematics of engineering a generator engine, and that's dandy (and way over my head), but I'd have preferred a simple tutorial of how to build a generator from a small lawnmower/ride-on mower/etc. Every day stuff, on the cheap. If the SHTF, can you build a generator out of readily available things? It would have also been nice to get into the DIY for how to add 120V, 230V, a water pump, a welder, etc. Serious welding and metalworking is all a bit beyond my skill level (I am only an amateur welder), but casting metal is just leagues above all that. I don't really see a point in suggesting those are fundamental to building generators.
The title of the book is "Generators and Inverters: Building small combined heat and power systems...." but the tiny portion that does cover inverters are entirely about how to choose one already on the market. It would have been nice to discuss how to build an inverter yourself.
If you want to actually do a project yourself, I would suggest finding and downloading as many videos on YouTube as possible.... You can make a generator and DC power source out of a lawnmower engine and a modified automobile alternator. A ride-on mower in the range of 12-16HP is far stronger than most small generators you can find on the market.Read more ›
Yet, it is desirable you have an other person with diferent mecanical abilities than you. It is a job for 2 or 3 persons
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very informative for back yard hobbyist but a little danger is in the cards and hard work sometimes frustratingPublished 14 months ago by Robert hutchison
Plenty of good info here. It was well researched and full of hard data. Ordered and like his other book too.Published on August 12, 2013 by MC