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For the past few years I have been part of a project experimenting with massively powerful alternator-type devices; the one I have now will generate up to 9 kilowatts (kW). To put this in perspective, that’s 750 amps at 12 volts! There’s not a lot of point in having this kind of generating capability if there is nowhere to dump and store the energy, so the corollary to the generating testing has been battery testing.

The Holy Grail for which we have been searching is a system capable of generating and storing, during normal propulsion engine run times, sufficient energy to run the house systems for 24 or more hours. In our case, normal engine run times would be the time it takes me to set or pull up the anchor, or to get on andwithout requiring a stand-alone generator).

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