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E-News Issue #2

8 August 1997

New Products

A new Selectronic 350W sine wave inverter is about to be released at a very competitive price and with very good performance. It does 450 watts for 30 minutes and 1000 W for a 5 second surge. Auto start sensitivity is between 4-16 watts and peak efficiency around 90%. Contact our office for more information.

TEAC have released a new 34 cm Portable TV and VCR which works on both 12V DC and 230V AC. It comes complete with remote control and unlike similar products in the past, the VCR does record as well as play back. The TV draws 3.6A and the TV/VCR 4.1 amps at 12V. It uses 0.4A on standby. For more information, contact your local TEAC dealer.

How much Power?

If you are going to purchase a computer to run on a small Renewable Energy system, we suggest you consider a lap top which only uses 15-25W. The 230 counter parts use a lot more, but we were pleasantly surprised after a recent series of tests to discover that they used a lot less than the compliance label suggested. The following results were observed:

ItemSubtypePower
Monitor 14" Monochrome 19W
Monitor 14" Colour 60W
Monitor 15" Colour 80W
Computer 286 - 27W
Computer 386 - 43W
Computer 486 - 40W
Computer Pentium - 51W

Ink jet, bubble jet and dot matrix printers usually only draw 20-40W and work okay off modified square wave inverters. However, laser printers can surge to 1000 - 2000W and require a sine wave inverter.

World News

Later this year, BP Solar will open the world's largest and most modern solar manufacturing plant. The Company intends to quadruple its manufacturing capacity and reach $1 billion in sales over the next decade. And in the USA, President Clinton has announced a solar initiative to put solar panels on 1,000,000 homes.

Cheers from Dave and all the RPC crew.

Dave Lambert (Director)

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We install solar systems in Northern NSW and Southern QLD.


QLD:
Gold Coast (from Coolangatta to Southport), Nerang and Hinterland (Beaudesert) and out West (Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney)


NSW:
Northern NSW (Tweed Heads to Yamba, including Evans Head, Byron Bay and Ballina); the Far North Coast Hinterland (Grafton via Lismore to Murwillumbah) and out West (Casino to Tenterfield, including Drake and Tabulam, as well as Woodenbong and Bonalbo)

For larger system we also go up to Brisbane or down to Coffs Harbour and even Glen Innes. Other places by arrangement.