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Converted 2nd World War bomb shelter

 

ENERGY STORAGE - This is a Second World War bomb shelter that is now integrated in the water test tank design with solar roof panels to provide renewable energy to a battery bank in the same location as lead-acid accumulators that were used to power a morse-code sender unit while this was a makeshift RAF hospital unit. The sluice gate to the right of this picture separates the water basin from the battery store on the left of the shelter doorway. Copyright © photograph August 29 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation.

 

 

CLEANER OCEAN FOUNDATION - ONGOING DEVELOPMENT

Research and development continues with the installation of solar panels and wind turbines to power the test tank fans @ 240 volts and a battery bank to power the water basin thrusters at 12 volts, that will generate water flow for us to be able to measure hull drag and other sea-keeping attributes. In addition, we are to use solar water heaters to collect and store heat in the underground water holding/storage tank that originally cooled a 36 horsepower National gas engine around 1909-1913 until 1936 to generate electricity for the nearby village of Herstmonceux. This was the start of the early electricity generating industry that relied on fossil fuels - but the latest solar and wind plants will eventually replace fossil fuels - and dangerously polluting nuclear power stations and allow man to develop a truly sustainable society.

 

 

 

CEMENT - Repairs to retaining wall on the other side of the water basin with a strong sharp sand render mix that will prevent further deterioration from weathering, though this water tank is to be fully enclosed eventually. Here you see Andrew Statham, our Mister Ocean campaign manager lending a hand with improvements using a float for the first time. Copyright © photograph August 29 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation.

 

 

Without electricity we would not have television or computers. Without computers we would not have robots and satellites that monitor our planet would not be possible. We are living in the modern age of electricity and computers and it all started with small generating plants like the one that we are occupying usefully and are still using (converted) to advance our achievements and abilities.

 

Today we are using commercially available solar panels and wind turbines to produce energy for propulsion for our experiments, coupled with solar water heaters to harvest and concentrate heat energy so that our water is warm to work in during the winter months.

 

If you look how far man has come technologically in the last 100 years and compare that to the previous 100,000 years, you can see that the rate of acceleration is exponential, with electronics and robotics leading the charge.

 

 

 

ENERGY STORAGE - The Lucas marine battery is popular with boaters, campers and for domestic off-grid electricity supplies. Four units gives us 5kW of energy storage. They are good for 500 + cycles at 70% Depth of discharge -1000CCA and measure: L 330 x D 173 H 242 (approx) to top of the terminals. They weight approximately 24 kilograms each. Hence the 5kW battery pack weighs 96kg or 215lbs, whereas a 10kW/h pack in lithium polymer (LiPo) would weigh around 30kg. The difference in cost though is considerable with greater charging problems for the LiPos - and that is why we are using lead-acid technology for our static storage.

 

 

BATTERIES

 

We are using four x Lucas LX31MF deep cycle marine batteries to store energy for our tank test experiments. By a strange coincidence, these batteries are located in the same position that the RAF put their radio transmitter accumulators during WWII. We hope that our R&D will eventually help to restore balance in the oceans and so food security from wild fish supplies, where at the moment fish stocks are plummeting from over fishing and cancerous pollution.

 

The LUCAS CXV range offers a new generation of safe clean and powerful, portable energy solutions for caravans, motor-homes, yachts, motor boats, narrow boats and many other applications.

 

Lucas have extended the warranty to 3 years for these batteries. The maintenance free range of LUCAS CXV batteries is built to full USA specification and is also the perfect partner for solar panel installation's.  

 

The range boasts:

* Perfect for All types of Leisure & Marine Auxiliary Use
* Dual Purpose (Starting & Auxiliary) Deep Cycle Battery
* Enhanced Starting Performance with High Cranking power
* Maintenance Free with Advance Calcium Technology
* Dual terminals (Standard Round Terminals & Threaded Stud Terminals)
* Integral state of charge indicator
* Comfortable, reinforced carrying handles
* Anti-flashback safety labyrinths
* Low self discharge rate giving extended shelf life
* Fully sealed for enhanced safety
* Designed for all climates (This battery can withstand severe temperatures)
* Genuine & Top Quality best Battery in its Range
* Heavy Duty Long Life Battery
* 3 Years Warranty against manufacturing faults and defects.


LEAD ACID BATTERY CARE TIPS

* Always recharge your battery as soon as you can after use after discharge and keep it as fully charged as possible during long periods of in-activity.


* You are advised to use Continual Automatic chargers with these batteries such as NUMAX 12V 10A DC Fully Automatic Intelligent Connect & Forget Leisure Battery charger can be left attached to the battery for long periods and will look after your battery at correct state of charge until you need it next.


* Avoid completely discharging your battery (Below 10.5V) as this will reduce its cyclic lifespan.


* When the battery is out of the caravan/motor-homes etc., always store it in a cool, dry and well ventilated place.


* From time to time make sure the terminals are free from dust and dirt, and all connections are sound.


* Do not use Trickle charge with these batteries.

 

* An equalizing charge for a 12volt battery requires that it be charged with a voltage of at least 14.4 volts for a period of at least one hour once a month, or every 10 discharge cycles. An equalizing charge prevents battery stratification and reduces sulfation, the leading cause of battery failure. Equalizing should be performed when a battery is first purchased (called a freshening charge). Reduced performance can also be an indicator that an equalizing charge is needed.


* All batteries, regardless of their chemistry, will self-discharge. The rate of self-discharge for lead acid batteries depends on the storage or operating temperature. At a temperature of 80 degrees F. A lead acid battery will self-discharge at a rate of approximately 4% a week. A battery with a 125-amp hour rating would self-discharge at a rate of approximately five amps per week. Keeping this in mind if a 125 AH battery is stored for four months (16 weeks) winter without being charged, it will lose 80 amps of its 125-amp capacity. It will also suffer from sulfated plates, which causes additional loss of capacity. Keep your batteries charged while not in use to prevent such damage.

 

 

 

CLOSED LOOP CIRCUIT - This diagram shows where the pumps are that the Lucas batteries will power for our hull drag and plastic collection experiments. Copyright © photograph 2016 Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd.

 

 

SOLAR PANELS AND INVERTERS

 

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WIND TURBINES

 

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July 29 2016 floatating and water filtration trials in our water test tank

 

JULY 2016 - Chris Close checks the progress as SeaVax scoops up plastic from this test tank basin in Sussex. We used onboard batteries for this experiment. Copyright © photograph August 29 2017 Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd.

 

 

LINKS & REFERENCE

 

http://www.manbat.co.uk/

http://www.lucaselectrical.co.uk/batteries.html

http://www.aoc-resinsuk.co.uk/

http://www.corrosionresins.com/

https://www.fibreglassdirect.co.uk/

http://ec.europa.eu/

http://horizon2020projects.com/

 

 

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