Kancoona house

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 + due to prolonged drought/droughts (creek drying up during summer/autumn months)Cath and I have decided to upgrade our photovoltaics by increasing our number of panels from three to eight , replacing our 2200 inverter with a 7000 inverter , boosting the battery bank from 24 volts to 48 volts and changing over the regulator to cope with the extra oompf and complexities .
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The Kancoona house is a stone dwelling in Victoria's north east that has a standalone energy system using solar, micro hydro and LPG gas backup systems.

Owners Brendan O'Leary and Catherine Upcher
Location Kancoona South
Country Australia
Type New dwelling, owner built
House size Medium - 22 squares


Summary of house features

  • Passive solar design
  • Micro hydro power generation
  • Solar panels and batteries
  • Solar hot water
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Low power appliances, no airconditioner
  • Wood fired combustion stove with hot water jacket
  • LPG stove and fridge backup
  • Septic tank
  • Permaculture and native gardens
  • Internal rammed earth walls


Contents

Micro hydro system

The micro hydro system in a nearby creek combined with solar panels generates the entire electricity supply. The micro hydro system is fed by 250m of 100ml sewer pipe from a small weir which drops 10.5m to the turbine. Two 16ml jets concentrate water onto a "Platypus Power" peleton wheel, producing 2.2kwH of electricity at 110V.

Construction

Local stone was used the build the house. The house cost around $30,000 to build, $10,000 to fit out and $15,000 for the energy-saving system.

Domestic animals

Poultry and Guinea fowl are guarded by three Maremma Italian mountain dogs. Ferrets are used for rabbit control.

Credits

  • Owner designers and builders: Brendan O'Leary and Catherine Upcher

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due to prolonged drought/droughts (creek drying up during summer/autumn months)Cath and I have decided to upgrade our photovoltaics by increasing our number of panels from three to eight , replacing our 2200 inverter with a 7000 inverter , boosting the battery bank from 24 volts to 48 volts and changing over the regulator to cope with the extra oompf and complexities . 
cheerio , Brendan .

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