Oasis Montana Renewable
Energy Newsletter July 2002 page 1
Well, folks, we know this should have
been a ‘spring’ flier, but as usual we’ve just been so darn busy!
And we have a new employee to introduce — Dan
He really IS a rocket scientist….
We also have more
new products, including utility-tie inverters, charge controllers, and
some gorgeous stainless steel gas ranges. You can always view our latest
information on the web, so don’t hesitate to log on and learn even
YOU for your interest in renewable energy and Oasis Montana Inc!
We are here to help power your remote home, provide back-up power for
emergencies, provide utility-tie components. We also offer a line of
efficient and gas appliances to help keep a lid on your electric bill.
For those of you who aren’t "on line" or are beginning
your project, we have an extremely informative 40 page Design Guide
and 141 page Product Catalog for ten dollars ($18 out of country)—essential
for your energy library! Products, system sizing, pricing, components,
energy efficient and LP appliances, battery care, gas generators and
wind turbines are just some of the topics covered. For sample systems
We have several new web sites for you to peruse at your convenience.
For efficient appliances (including portable coolers, freezers and DC
‘fridges), see www.eco-fridge.com; for solar modules, www.PVsolarmodules.com;
for our gas appliance offerings, check out
www.LPappliances.com—which includes gas refrigerators, ranges
and freezers. Our main index page is www.oasismontana.com/PV_index.html
— which offers information on inverters, batteries, wind generators,
and pretty much all of the goods we offer. There’s a great deal of
information on our web site—please feel free to utilize it.
the current politics, if you want to fight terrorism and
increase national security, USE LESS GAS and reduce our dependency
upon foreign oil. Encourage your congresspersons and senators to promote
legislation that will offer efficient vehicles and promote renewable
technologies. We don’t need to be shoved into tiny cars, or live in
the dark, but we do need to use our resources wisely for the good of our
children and planet.
NEW AND IMPROVED FROM
the AIR X WIND
||The world’s most popular
small wind generator just got better! Formerly known as the Air
403, the new generation of this wind genny is now the Air X, a
continuing evolution in wind turbine design. The Air X is the
first small wind turbine with a micro-processor. It continuously
adjusts the alternator to maximize performance and battery
charging and minimize noise.
The new Air X incorporates ‘peak power tracking’, meaning
it will produce electricity at half the RPM of the older model—making
more electricity for your batteries.
||As the battery approaches
charge state, the Air X’s controller will momentarily stop charging to
determine the battery voltage. Charging stops automatically when the
batteries have reached their charging set point.
QUIET OPERATION: No more flutter or shudder in high winds; the Air X
can control the RPM to prevent noise in high winds—operating quietly at
all wind speeds. This will likely be a
good addition to your battery charging scheme. For more information see
SYSTEMS ENGINEER AT OASIS MONTANA!!!!
Here’s Dan Healy’s history and information,
straight from him:
I was born and raised in
Florida, but don't hold that against me….
In 1990 I got
my B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida (Go
Gators!) where I met my bride-to-be Patti. My first job after graduating
was as a systems engineer for Lockheed at the Kennedy Space Center where
I worked on the orbital maneuvering system of the space shuttle fleet. I
got to see a lot of shuttle launches up close which was very cool. After
nearly 3 years with Lockheed, Patti and I got the itch to move west so
we moved to Denver, CO, where Patti had a job opportunity. After only
two years in Denver, we knew it wasn't the place for us (too crowded) so
we moved to Hamilton, MT, where I worked at Sunelco (with Chris Daum) as
a sales and systems engineer for over 7 years. During that time Patti
and I settled down and bought our first home and we now have three sons,
Eric 6 and Alex 3, with our third son, Brian, being newborn on 6/17. We
love living in western Montana's Bitterroot Valley and look forward to
raising our family and growing old here.
Many people ask
me why I went from working on the space shuttle fleet in Florida to
designing and selling PV systems for a small company in Montana. Well,
the renewable energy bug bit me pretty hard shortly after I started
working for Lockheed and there was no going back. After work I would
hang out at the Florida Solar Energy Center library and read all that I
could on the subject of renewable energy. I attended several workshops,
fairs and conferences on renewable energy in the hopes of getting a job
in the industry. Working at Sunelco for over 7 years has taught me a lot
about how to properly design and install a code compliant solar or wind
system. There are always new and exciting products and developments
occurring in this industry and I enjoy trying to stay on top of them.
This ever changing industry keeps you on your toes and challenges you to
keep learning which is what life is all about. To that end, I am
studying to get my professional engineering (PE) license which will
hopefully sharpen my engineering skills and allow me to better serve
others. Now that Chris Daum and I have teamed up again at Oasis Montana,
I hope that my engineering experience and passion for renewable energy
will prove helpful to her and all of you. If you’d like to discuss
your project, please give me a call at 877-627-4768 or 4778,
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