12th August 2015

Off-Grid Energy Systems

EProject Off Grid Bergey Wind Powerssentially, you cannot create or destroy energy; but you can however move it around and this is exactly what we specialise in. Prioritising the use of renewable energy where possible and providing a viable alternative to the utility grid.

Our solutions range from emergency back up systems, year round solar lighting, expedition and utility vehicles, homes and farms to powering an entire community. 

We provide a wide range of fully field tested renewable and traditional generators and the very latest in power management and control.

 

Because we live and work off grid and have done so for many years, we have the experience needed to offer from simple advice to full system design.

 

HOW DOES OFF GRID ENERGY WORK?

Example off grid energy packageElectricity is generated by solar panels, wind turbines, hydroelectric systems and traditional fuel generators. A system connected to the grid can provide self consumption as well as emergency back up power.

Energy generated is used directly. You can benefit from planning your energy tasks around the natural resources, excess energy is stored for later or diverted for other uses.

Mini and micro-grids can give you mains power wherever you are. Simple 12/24v equipment can be used for many applications such as lighting and USB charging points.

Quality components and a well thought out design will ensure the lifespan of the equipment used and provide you with an energy supply that is no different from the utility grid.

 

AC OR DC OR BOTH?

You can use electricity directly from the battery to run low-voltage lighting and perhaps other direct-current (DC) appliances, i.e. for a motor-home or yacht. 

On the other hand, you can add AC inverters to produce mains power, even 3 phase up to 300 kVA!.

Power & charge with AC and/or DC Generators, Wind – Solar – Hydro – Diesel – LPG – Grid. 

We aim to prioritise the use of renewables where possible.

Our wind turbines, hydro and solar systems are optimised MPPT tracked and any excess is used. 

 

 

WHAT TYPE OF ENERGY STORAGE?

The heart of most off-grid systems is the battery. This will store electricity when it is generated to provide power for when it is needed.

With proper controls and system design, a battery may now last 15 years or more.

From Flooded Lead Acid, to Lithium Phosphate, Flow, Salt water and even storing energy in water!

We can provide energy storage by design from leading manufactures and are able to offer the right type and size for your specific application.

Each have their place, and we can show you pros and cons of the varied types.

 

 

WHAT ABOUT MONITORING & CONTROL?

Project Off gridMonitoring and control is key and we have the answer! The VRM Global monitoring platform is free to use for life.

Using the onsite panel you’ll have clear insights into usage, generation and storage.

In a mobile application such as a camper or yacht you can view all system data, from state of charge to current from alternator, solar or wind, tank level indicators for fresh and grey water as well as track your movements using GPS. On board storage lets you buffer the data for up to 30 days. download to the platform when you next go online. 

With a live internet connection you can also access your system with remote monitoring and control anywhere, as long as you and the panel are online.

We can show you how to make best use of your power system whatever the application through knowledge and control.

See a demo here vrm.victronenergy.com

 

 

SO I CAN CREATE AND MANAGE MY OWN ENERGY THEN…

First we need to work out much energy you need and how much can you generate.

Solar power is simple and reliable: we know that the sun comes up every day.

Do you have an exposed windy site? How about a fast flowing stream?

What’s the primary energy source and how can we store this energy?

How can we optimise all of this different energy?

We’ll help you to find all of these answers…

Contact us for more information.
If you know what you need, head over to our web shop at geckotricity.com