I would like to start a discussion about building various decentralised energy systems so people who have limited knowledge can make informed choices and get themselves off grid.
So this first thread is for the smallest, most basic proper off grid system. I am not thinking of small hand held solar devices that can recharge some AA batteries or a mobile phone. I am thinking a a fully useful system that can be fitted to a boat, a van, a bender or small shack that doesn't really use a massive amount of electricity.
So let's discuss a system that could power a handful of low power LED lights, charge a phone, power a laptop for a couple of hours a day in the UK climate.
What panel would you need. What charge controller, what batteries and cabling would you need.
When we have discussed this for a while I will post another thread on a bigger system and so on.
So, what do we need to buy and what do we need to know to get ourselves off grid in the most basic of ways?