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Old 06-18-2015, 09:22 PM   #1
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Will solar panels completely replaced generators in the future?

I'm wondering if this will be a trend because my favorite RV would be the Earth Romer, they live completely off the grid in our solar powered however they are quite costly and over $500,000 but I wonder is Earth Roamer starting A trend toward eliminating noisy generators and relying on solar power?
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Never heard of the Earth Romer. Is this a new offering?
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:31 PM   #3
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The Earth Romer is not your normal RV it's more of an expedition vehicles really however it blends the best have a class say with an off-road vehicle, it relies on the engines generator or solar power to generate electricity everything is marine grade.
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:31 PM   #4
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Maybe in 100 yrs solar will be able to generate a lot of power but not today.Solar panels have some great applications but not a lot on the big, sustained power side. If you had a coach that had three 15k AC's the solar array to operate that would have to be be enormous.
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:32 PM   #5
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The reason I say that because Earth Romer as address the problem the downside is earth rumors are ungodly expensive.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:46 AM   #6
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The question of "Will solar panels ever replace generators" is imprecise

So I will break it down into two qustions:

First For RV use..Some folks use the generator only on very rare occasions..they use Solar for most all their power needs and that is today. And this will become even more common as several things are happening even as I type.
1: Air conditioners and other power hogs are becoming more and more efficient.
2: Solar cells are also becoming more and more efficient.
3: Storage is getting better and better
4: Different types of solar cells are being developed.

What I would like to see is a flexible solar cell system that can basically b painted on an RV roof and other than occasional moping needs no maintenance. This is going to happen... Some day.

But so long as my phone keeps warning me of HIGH HEAT warnings... I'm going to need either SHORE or Generator power.

NOTE: given the state of solar power and battery storage today.. There are several sticks and bricks which do NOT use shore power. Not yet all that common..but there are still several.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:07 AM   #7
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I agree technology is improving, I do see a day when the heavy noisy gesets are gone.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:15 AM   #8
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We are a long way off, with solar. First we need to devolep better energy storage, since the Sun goes down, every night.
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The battery's seem to be the weak point in the whole equation, but I see a day when a battery charge can last a week or more.
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I'd say it might happen but none of us will live to see it for the majority of users.
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"I'd say it might happen but none of us will live to see it for the majority of users. "


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Oneroamer... it is possible that you can now move to a completely remote municipal energy isolated area and have self made semi affordable power that you make available for your use. Wind, water and solar are renewable resources that you can more easily tap. I think that has been proven many times over. If you can live "small" ... you can have that added to your current home and start to improve your independence on the big utilities.
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When solar cells become much more efficient AND the price comes down ... yes, I'll jump into that ball game. In the meantime, I'm going to struggle along with a 12 to 14 day boondocking window. Running the genset twice a day to bulk up the batteries, plus being frugal with power usage will allow far longer time "on station", but the big limiting factor is water and waste tank capacity.

Loading the bus roof with solar panels will not correct the fluid storage thing. Gonna have to be satisfied with our present modus of two weeks "out", and three days "in" (RV park).
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Yes fluid levels affect how long you can dry camp, that is a definite deciding factor no matter how good the solar technology is.
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