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post #9 of Old 03-26-2012
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Re: Beta Marine - New Hybrid System!

For the people who want the hybrid for its power generation capabilities, do you have a 48V electric system which is what this runs on? It seems to me that it would make much more sense to simply put a very large alternator on. Nowadays, there are alternators that are large enough that they can output more juice than the batteries can handle. You can also control the charge rate so that you don't bog down your engine when you are powering (the beta system would do this too). With the Beta Hybrid, they are talking about 5KW of generation capabilities which is more than most battery systems can efficiently handle. Unless, you have a large battery bank, a 200A, 12V (5kw is the equivalent of ~350A @14V) alternator would do the same and be simpler.

I definitely agree though that eliminating a generator could be worthwhile on smaller vessels.
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