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Converting a car engine into a generator
This is a discussion on Converting a car engine into a generator within the Alternative Energy (Wind, Solar, Hydro etc) forums, part of the Off-Grid Lifestyle category; Has anyone ever heard of this? The power's out here in my neighborhood. There's a guy who is using a car to generate power in ...
Converting a car engine into a generator
Has anyone ever heard of this? The power's out here in my neighborhood. There's a guy who is using a car to generate power in his home. The car is in his backyard and was kept running all night. Pretty cool.
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The only thoughts I can add is first you can charge a 12 Volt battery (not the car battery) while driving the car in normal use. The car generator creates more power than is needed to recharge the car battery. Just requires a cable to run from the car battery to a battery on the floor of the car.
My biggest concern is that cars are not designed to idle forever and will consume an awful lot of gas. Better to purchase a generator.
They have been doing from the days cars were first invented and using them to pump water also. The also take 6 or 8 cly engine and use half the cyl to made a compressor out of them.
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He was probably running an inverter with it, a waste of gas!
The storm here three days ago took out the power for 11 hours.
I ran the propane genset for 10 of that time, used hardly any fuel at all, gauge hardly moved.
Ran it to keep the freezers cold nothing else, was a good time to get some rest, which I did.
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Yep, he was running an inverter. You can buy one at Harbor Freight cheap. But as Socom said..... a huge waster of fuel. These car inverters produce little output and that car engine is sucking down a lot of gas.
Until he gets a proper generator, it will work fine. Some cars idle pretty well and can get fairly decent fuel consumption.. Just depends on vehicle.
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After Irma roared through, wife was home alone with the animals and no electricity.
I was in Kansas City.
She parked her diesel Silverado right outside the dining room window, plugged an inverter into the cigarette lighter, ran a power cord thru the window. She ran a small fan, a light, and the WiFi modem.
She didn’t have to leave the truck running to do this. Remember, diesel trucks have two batteries.
2 days later I was back home and got the generator in service.
She asked, and I showed her, how to get the generator started, how to fuel it, how to run extension cords to the house, etc.
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It also depends on the size of the alternator he has in that vehicle.
If he moseyed down to the local truck parts store . . . he could have gotten a huge one for tractor trailers . . . built a bracket . . . and be pumping out almost 400 amps . . .
If he hooked up 2 . . . he could be knocking down almost 7000 watts at 120 volts . . . and his car engine would hardly be above an idle.
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There are some pretty economical tractor PTO driven generators but its my understanding that the power generated is not "clean" power and can damage some appliances/equipment. But Diesel Engines are great "idlers".
If someone could verify this I'd appreciate it but I looked into a PTO generator a few years back and decided against it for home use.
Apparently you can find some PTO generators that have brushless alternators that provide clean energy that sensitive equipment can use safely.
For about 2 grand you can get a pretty powerful setup for your tractor. I'll need to do more research but it my be worth it to look into this method.