I'm working on constructing a totally self sufficient (i.e. totally off grid) building in the wild.
I do not want to restrict myself to any particular source of power (hydro, solar, wind etc), but I want to build up my knowledge of electrical power systems (and supporting electronic circuitry such as invertors/ voltage boosters etc).
The goal being that I will be able to create a composite power system that:
- Combines multiple power sources of different types (DC/AC) and different voltages and currents
- Produces an A/C output of a required frequency, current and voltage
Wherever possible, I would also like to be able to build the circuitry required (inverters, balance of system etc.)
I was a passionate electronics enthusiast in my youth - so I have some basic electronics experience (though most forgotten - the interest is still there), I am a software engineer by profession - so programming microcontrollers/EPROMS etc is something I can definitely do.
My question then is this:
Given the objectives listed above, what is the best course of study (links please) to help build the competence level required to do build my own power system as described above.
Note: I am fully aware that power systems can be lethal if appropriate care is not taken - I can assure you that I will always verify from a professional, before I do anything - so don't worry!.
Does this question belong in engineering?