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Old 11-06-2015, 02:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
oil pan 4
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I got the panels in and I am in the process of testing/playing with them.
So far they put out 21 to 22ocV and can push a half amp through a 12.2v battery when orthogonal to the sun and 0.4 amps when laying flat.
I have some of them hooked up to the grid tie inverter, 3 panels push 17 watts on to the power grid while laying flat.

Next I just need to get more pematex high temperature orange RTV and start drilling holes. I used pematex orange high temp last time so I know it lasts at least 3 or 4 years.

Edit: I hooked up all 10 panels together and its working better than I expected. 10 panels are making 55 watts of power. I am thinking 14 will make maybe 70 watts.
I can get a few more watts if I depower the fan. The tiny little 1 inch by 1 inch fan it had originally worked fine up to about 100 to 150 watts. Anything more than 150 watts it over heated and shut down pretty quickly.
The "12 volt fan" is running on 15 volts. I think I could put a 24 volt fan on there or add a resistor.
The fan is gobbling up 5 to 10 watts more than it needs to.
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