Originally Posted by doggypaddle
..Now a wind generator on a rib! theres a thought, it would pump out some power at 30 knots
Aye, but it would be your engine that was powering it.
Originally Posted by Codders
To me that is crap.
Maybe it's my definition that's confusing. To me crap implies a poor product.
I have two solar panels, both approx 60watts, one on my boat and the other on my caravan both are connected through 3 stage charge regulators. The boat one is used primarily to keep the batteries in good condition and it does that without problem. The van is used for about 8 weeks each year and is self sufficient in power. To me, that's not crap.
You've just got to get your head around their characteristics and work within their limits...as you have to with other power producing systems.