Traveling to Baikal or, How I gathered a solar power station on the shore

If this do-it-yourself text on a solar power plant seems interesting, then I will continue the cycle on power plants in different parts of the country.

I suppose few travelers didn’t dream of visiting Baikal. Numerous attempts to adjust the vacation to such a journey broke about the harsh truth: the distance of a journey by car to one side more than 5000 kilometers is a very serious obstacle. Not only do you have to cross half of the country, so also this journey takes a lot of time. But they want to see all the republics along the way, and look at the Ural Mountains. In general, did not develop.

Having exchanged the third ten years of age, my happiness happened - it turned out that I needed to fly to Baikal. And let the trip was planned for service, but still this trip to the largest lake on Earth.

Getting started!

If someone is too lazy to read, then at the very end I will insert a video, where I will tell and show the same thing.

Let's start with the simplest: where to fly? As a rule, there are two options: Irkutsk or Ulan-Ude. I fell to fly to Buryatia and I sat down to choose tickets to the capital of the republic - the city of Ulan-Ude. What is interesting, the time zone of Buryatia is +8 from Greenwich. Let me remind you that Moscow is in the GMT +3 time zone. That is, Ulan-Ude is 5 hours ahead of Moscow. Non-stop flight time is 6 hours. That is, getting on the plane at 8 pm, by the end of the flight you find yourself at 7 am the next day.

Honestly, I didn’t manage to sleep, because in my companions I found myself to be a very talkative and pleasant companion of Alexander. If you read, hello big!

So, during the conversation, we moved towards the sun. The food was smashed and taken away, the light was muffled, so watching the dawn at one in the morning in Moscow was particularly interesting.

The plan for further travel was simple: rent a car and drive to the right place. But from the airport, too, I had to get to the landlord’s company. Having ordered a taxi in advance (Yandex has not reached yet, but regional carriers are easily searched online), I waited for the car and went to the place. On-site it turned out that the reserved car was not available, but they offered a choice of Mercedes E320 or Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. This is what was left hand drive.

In general, there are a lot of right-hand drive cars - the proximity of the Far East affects. I have not driven a Mercedes yet, and the cost of the Kruzak was twice as high, so the choice was given to the German.

It was a tired machine, but with German persistence, she continued to serve. However, I will return to it at the end of my story.

The time was nearing dinner (or 5 pm Moscow time), and the last time I ate on the plane around midnight. To visit Buryatia and not to eat the main national dish, poses is impermissible. Following the advice of those who know, I set off towards Baikal and found a posture near Datsan on the outskirts of Ulan-Ude. Datsan itself is a Buddhist monastery-university of Russian Buryats. It looks impressive.

When it dining room-poznaya with very affordable prices and the same service. At the checkout you pay for the right food and run for the issue with a tray. In addition to buuz (poses), in Buryatia it is also customary to drink tea with milk. I once tried tea with milk and did not understand this drink at all. But whether they make the right tea, or if the air is special, the breakfast went off with a bang.

And at the entrance to the buuzhnuyu rest here such tsobaken. Judging by the fact that they are not afraid, the meat in the buoys is correct.

And then there was the road to Baikal. By the way, the road is very good. Drivers are helpful. Wagons are pressed against the curb and pass, drivers drive 80-90. In many places there are radars, and most of them are completely autonomous. That is, there is a pole, a radar with a camera and a solar panel. And do not pull any wires.

Upon arrival to Baikal, I settled in a campsite. Placed me in the most real Mongolian yurt. The Mongols themselves do not have such painted yurts, but for the entourage such decor was added.

Inside the yurt is a rather interesting room with 3-4 beds, a table and several chairs.

On the shore, the wind was rather severe, but inside it was warm and calm. Interestingly, the yurt begins to gather from the door. That is, the front door is put first, then the fence is put around it, then the central supports are put. After that, original rafters are put and all this is closed with felt.

It's time to do business. I came to bring light to the shore, so after visiting the nearest hardware store, work began. From g ... from one of the sticks and a handful of screws to make the frame of a solar power plant.

Instrument at least, but will have to do with what is. Initially, it was planned to have a practically square frame for solar panels, but when I went ashore, I realized that it would be blown away with the first gust of wind. Therefore, it was decided to put all the panels in one row.

By sunset, the frame was finished, and the solar panels were simply mounted on the frame. It's time for dinner and sleep. Moreover, in Moscow it is already about 2 nights. The body stubbornly did not want to rebuild at local time.

But another day came, and again in battle! The entire solar power plant is placed in several boxes. In general, the fact that there is in the photo is already enough to provide a country house for the whole summer period. In the spring and autumn, by the way, is also enough. But in the winter in our latitudes and the day is short, and the sun rarely looks out.

People often ask me: what kind of battery should I buy for electricity? To begin with, there is no universal council. Solar power is like a cake: the ingredients are the same, and the taste is a little different. Therefore, the solar power plant should be selected by an engineer after a short interview. He will ask a dozen questions to find out what equipment in the house is worth, are there well, well pumps, is there an external network and how stable is it? After that, as a rule, two options are offered: everything is included, when you can live and not worry about the lack of electricity. The second option is a budget is when the electric kettle is changed to normal, and leaving the room it is desirable to turn off the light, if there are no energy saving or LED lamps. That is, there are no special restrictions, you just have to pay a little discipline for the savings.

Well, I will hold a brief educational program. Autonomous or hybrid solar power plant consists of 4 elements:

1. Solar panels (and how without them?)
2. Solar controller (he charges the batteries of paragraph 3)
3. Batteries, where energy is stored and stored. At night, there is no sun and no electricity is generated.
4. Inverter (it converts the energy in the batteries into the usual 220 V)

I have already shown solar panels, and now we are collecting a solar power station.
From left to right: solar controller with MPPT KES technology Dominator 200 \ 60, MAP SIN 3 kW 24V, 2 lead-acid batteries of 12 V, assembled at 24V.

And everything is going, despite the apparent complexity, is very simple: first, an inverter and a solar controller are connected to the batteries. Then solar panels are connected to the solar controller. And an extension cord clings to the inverter outlet. You can immediately connect to the electrical panel through the terminals on the rear wall of the inverter. Interestingly, all the equipment is manufactured by the Russian company MicroART and is designed to operate in really difficult conditions. That is, we left this technique right on the shore of Baikal and launched it, and just covered it with a film from the rain.

In principle, this can stop and go to drink tea with milk. But how not to tell about what I saw around? When traveling along the coast, I came across a wonderful promotional item, I would even say, the avenue.

The second day of my stay at the beautiful Lake Baikal was over and it was time for me to get ready. In the morning I was waiting for a plane to Moscow. After breakfast until dawn and saying goodbye to the very friendly and pleasant owners of the campsite, I took the cold smoked omul (the most popular souvenir from Baikal) and set off towards Ulan-Ude. Navigator led me the other way and I decided to trust him. After 30 kilometers of road the road deteriorated, and after another 10 it ended. On the primer, I met the handwritten, on the broken plywood, the inscription: “Caution! Timber trucks! Navigator stubbornly led on, and the river has already stretched to the side. Navigator led to the place where the bridge was supposed to be, and there is only a congress. Perhaps there is a ferry across the ice there in the winter, but I have to go to the other side now! I did not have time to go back and get to the airport, so I rushed on. Mercedes groaned - he had never seen such a Russian road. In general, having driven another 7 kilometers, I saw a ferry crossing. Severe logging trucks moved out of the ferry, and the drivers were staring at the dusty Mercedes, as if they were in such a wilderness.

Surprisingly, there are places where it is easier to organize a round-the-clock crossing than to build a bridge.

On the plane, I still had time. And even managed to sit in the waiting room, he was immediately invited to the landing.

Another 6 hours of flight and 4 hours of travel to home. I have already managed to break the habit of the fact that you can move almost as much around the city as you fly through half the country. Baikal, I do not say goodbye, I say goodbye.

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