are a number of appliances on board Moksha that require electricity
in order to operate. These include the desalinator pump (to create
fresh from salt water), internal lights, VHF radio, Mini-M satellite
phone and inmarsat-c, compass light, CARD and The Ocean Sentry.
with no fossil fuels on board we rely on two very natural forms
of energy for generating electricity: wind and the sun.
PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS in the surfaces
of the solar panels convert sunlight to a charge of electricity
WIND GENERATOR blades create electricity
when theres sufficient wind >>
reason for having both solar panels and a wind generator is to cater
for any weather condition. Very often we either have lots of sun
but no wind, or lots of wind but cloud overhead. Either way were
youre interested in finding out more about the wind generator,
check out South West windpower at www.windenergy.com
or calling (1) 800 946 33139 or (1) 520 779 9463.
youre interested in finding out more about the solar panels,
contact Kyocera Solar by calling (1) 800 544 6466 (ext 7962)
THE ELECTRICITY from the solar
panels and the wind generator is then stored in a bank of
3 x Lifeline GPL 31 Batteries (12 volt).
marine batteries they do not contain liquid acid (as in a
car battery) that would leak everywhere should the boat flip
over. A gel-like substance is used instead.
youre interested in finding out more about these type of batteries,
contact Lifeline Batteries by calling (1) 800 527 3224.
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