Saturday, 30 January 2021
Filling the still with leaves and water
Setting up - ready for action.
We have eucalypt water.
The maestro - Joshua - keeping an eye on the process.
extracting the oil from the water
Yes, it works and we will upscale. More later.
Thursday, 28 January 2021
After 28 years we have to assess leaks in our 9,000 litre water tank. Earthquakes and the passage of time have taken their toll. The tank is leaking so action to remedy the leaks is essential. I am going in !
Tuesday, 26 January 2021
Monday, 25 January 2021
Going for FULL POWER. 4 new high power panels at 340 watts each panel have arrived. 34 cents per watt. Amazing price. !
Here we go - new panels ready for fittingHere we go again - moving 240 watt panels back to the lower roof space
Now to adapt the frame for the bigger panels.
Ondra is fixing extension holding bars on the old frame which supported 6 panels of 110 watts each.
2 new galvanized iron bars fixed to extend the frame for the new panels.
Nicky and Ondra fixing the first of 3 panelsThere we go. First 3 in place. 1 Kw of power. Yea !
Now for # 4 panel. Ondra constructed the frame from galvanized iron. Ondra has drilled into the beam and inserted bolts in order to secure the frame.
Ondra, Eva and Nicky are placing the frame on the beam.
Ondra, Eva and Nicky taking a break.
Ondra wiring in the new panels.
Errol wiring in fuses for the new system.
Sunday, 24 January 2021
For house water, showers, toilets etc we use river water pumped up via hydraulic ramp pump - This is not good for drinking owing to heavy mineralization. You can see the calcium deposits in the tank.
Saturday, 23 January 2021
Over the last 17 years my Palm Tree has grown hugely and is now shading my solar panelsMoving the existing array higher up the roof to make space for 2 panels from the other roof.
Nicky and Ryan received one panel frame from the shaded roof
Ondra and Ryan pulling the panel frame to the roof
Ondra and Ryan placing the frames on the bathroom roof. You can see that they have moved the panels behind them higher up the roof line. Good work.
Fitting the 240 watt panels to the frames and Ondra connecting to network.