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Compost Heating

Started by Kimberly Irene Lewis. Last reply by Jim Edmunds Feb 20, 2017. 7 Replies

Hi I am new and just researching my systems before I put them in. I plan on eventually having at least one large greenhouse full of aquaponics. I Live in Virginia and where as it doesn’t get too cold…Continue

Wind mills for aerators

Started by William Kohut. Last reply by Jim Fisk Jan 29, 2016. 8 Replies

Has anyone built a Windmill for aeration ? I am looking for plans to build a windmill and an aerator that runs off it.Continue

Failed on first attempt at off-grid. questions about voltage.

Started by Jeffrey Ihara. Last reply by Jeff S Sep 20, 2015. 29 Replies

So I bought a 45W photovoltaic kit from Harbor Freight which comes with its own charge controller ($139 on sale), a used deep cycle battery with 135 amp-hours, and a 1.6 amp DC pump that moves over…Continue

Going off grid with Solar in the new greenhouse

Started by Carla&Dave. Last reply by Carla&Dave Jun 25, 2015. 4 Replies

Pump power load on my SAP (Solar Aquaponics) system - rough calcs: I just put the system up last week, and just put in a kill-a-watt meter on Sunday.The meter is showing 200 watt hours in 24 hours…Continue

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Comment by Dennis Glover on July 16, 2012 at 5:41pm
What did this setup cost? I'm trying to approx. the cost for a system proposal I'm putting together. Is this a 24/7 setup or just in emergencies?
Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on July 16, 2012 at 4:59pm

2  235 watt PV Schott panels

1  C60 Amp Xantrex Controller w/faceplate 12/24 vdc

1 300 watt Go Power Pure Sine Wave converter 24 vdc

1 1500 watt Go Power Pure Sine Wave converter 12 vdc 

I started with a 12vdc configuration changed to 24vdc.

I run 2 fish tanks and 2 grow-beds on solar only. I have a total of 10 active fish tanks. Last night we lost grid power. I changed all 10 bubblers to solar. We were without grid power for more than 12 hours. I slept great and woke-up to feed all of my fish. 


Comment by Terry Clark on July 16, 2012 at 2:14pm

way to go group!! sharing and passing info.. Keep up the good work :)

Comment by George on July 16, 2012 at 7:46am

Dave:  Please share some details of your solar system and let us know how it's going.

Comment by Dave Story on June 28, 2012 at 10:53am Just setup two of my fish tanks and 2 of my grow beds to use solar energy.

Comment by Stuart Polkinghorne on July 16, 2012 at 7:19am

I just wrote to aire dynamics and asked about connecting air line out to storage tanks for later use when wind is down...?? I'll keep you up dated.. and tell me what you find too.. ok?

Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on July 16, 2012 at 7:06am


Thank you for the help/sharing

Comment by Stuart Polkinghorne on July 15, 2012 at 5:09pm

Dave, These two are in AZ

Rustic power 505-717-7162

rustic power look like a company that may be very helpful..

 These make windmills for aeration ... have a look  Windmill Aeration Aerator Systems  windmill aeration systems



Comment by Bob Campbell on July 15, 2012 at 4:29pm

Dave I doubt you will have the wind necessary to run a windmill. 

Check out Tucson's wind

Comment by Dave & Yvonne Story on July 15, 2012 at 1:49pm

I am old but willing to learn and experiment.

Here in Tucson, we may not have the wind.. but I will try it.

Give me a website to purchase the windmill and acessories.

Comment by Stuart Polkinghorne on July 15, 2012 at 10:46am

Just a question to all..

Has or is anyone using windmills to compress air for air lift water pumps?

I have seen some large windmills for aeration but would like to look into newer small scale windmills to compress air to then use in air lift pumps systems. It would could remove the use of electric water pumps and the need for electric air pumps and therefor have little use of solar panels, inverters, batteries etc. reducing the over all costs if a system of windmill, compressed air tanks and airlift pumps.

look forward to all your thoughts, ideas and suggestions...  


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