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There are many different types of renewable energy power systems to suit many different power requirements. Most sources of energy can be integrated to produce energy together.

To calculate the exact type and size of an energy source when designing a power system there are many factors that need to be considered. Here are a few.

  • Location
  • Environment
  • Power demand

Location is an important factor when designing a power system.  Solar is not a good choice at the South Pole when there is no sunlight for 6 months of the year.  Wind on the other hand is abundant. The location is also a factor in the power consumption of loads.  In winter the daylight hours are shorter so the lighting is normally on longer.

Environment can have a bearing on the power system.  Location with high ambient temperatures will reduce a solar power systems performance as solar modules derate as they get hotter. Cold ambient temperatures can cause premature failures of batteries then the electrolyte gets close to freezing. Ambient temperatures also have a bearing on the power consumption of loads like refrigeration.

Power Demand is the largest factor in a power system design. Once an estimate of the power demands required are calculated inefficiencies, location and environmental conditions can be calculated to create a more accurate real world power demand.  Luckily we have some clever software that can take the hard work out of most pf the calculations.

To find out more about the types of systems click one of these:

Solar systems

Wind systems

Water systems

Camping & Motor Home systems

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