Building a Water Heating Solar Panel.wmv DIY Solar Projects Part 2: Simple All-In-One Solar Water & Space Heater One of the biggest challenges people face when looking to incorporate solar systems into their homes is the cost. The systems themselves, although (slowly) becoming more affordable, are expensive when purchased commercially and the installation costs can be even more so. DIY solar projects are a great way to take advantage of the free energy provided by the sun for a fraction of the price of a manufactured system. Gary Reysa of Build it Solar has amassed a huge collection of solar energy projects for do-it-yourselfers on his website, including this incredible solar water and space heater in one system. He built this for about $2k out of all high-quality, readily available materials. Gary’s objectives with this design were to keep the system simple and inexpensive, make it easy to construct for average DIY’ers, use materials available in most local stores, and produce an end result that is not only aesthetically appealing but one that requires little maintenance and lasts a long time.
Alsativa Sociedad Cooperativa DIY Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) Plans Search The Renewable Energy site for Do-It-Yourselfers DIY HRV Plans This is an article that was published in the 80's and provides good detail on building a Heat Recovery Ventilator from Coroplast sheets. The HRV is not an easy environment for materials in that water and even ice may be present at times. Tthe article is an excerpt from Solplan6: An Air Exchanger for Energy Efficient Well-Sealed Houses by Robert Besant -- this was a set of plans that covered both building the heat exchanger and also provided material on blower selection. Note that this kind of ventilator will only be needed on a house that is very tight. More on HRV's ... Click on the pages below for full size.. Comments
DIY Solar Projects Part 1: Build a Solar Heater Using Recycled Cans A few months ago we did an article about Cansolair Inc’s brilliant solar home heating solution that uses recycled aluminum cans in a forced convection solar heating unit. These units work by pulling cool air from a room, passing it through a panel of aluminum cans that are heated by the sun, and blowing the heated air back into the room. Just about anyone can make one of these heaters, and they can be constructed from mostly recycled materials. This is a fairly simple project for DIY’ers that can be used to heat a home, a greenhouse, a camper, a garage, a cabin, or just about anything else you can think of. Once the unit is built, all you need is an outside wall for it to sit against that will get plenty of sun. Comments comments
The Peoples' Hemp Bank: the Future of Economics? By Gary Anderson Guest Writer for Wake Up World The world’s financial system is going to disintegrate. We will have to ease back to a more secure gold and/or silver-based system. Industrial and medicinal hemp is the best of both worlds in that it is stable and durable yet also enormously useful and beneficial. With complete legalization of medicinal hemp, hemp bud oil could be produced at such a low cost as to be able to save the country (Australia) approximately seventy billion dollars annually, and in conjunction with industrial hemp, produce many hundreds of billions in local industries and exports. I am highly critical of the divide-and-conquer breach of trust, where the government gives power to the corporations/banks rather than exercising the power to set up structures that create a symbiosis and mutually beneficial relationship between the government, the corporations/banks, we-the-people, and all the individuals within the society. Not a difficult decision…. Author’s note:
Sizzling Solar Systems DIY Solar Water Heater For About $30 In PVC Supplies And Paint Did you know that 70% of your home energy cost are on water heating? In response to this, a Brazilian Eco Designer developed a low cost and intelligent method of reducing energy costs and preserving the environment reusing waste. He created a simple passive solar water heating using PET bottles and and some PVC pipe. According to his calculations this is an extremely low cost and safe project that you can do yourself at home. This project has become popular on the web and has been adapted to homes and even schools.
DIY Worm Farm | DIY Worm Bin The Jean Pain Way - PermacultureNews.org In the book Another Kind of Garden, the methods of Jean Pain are revealed. He spent his entire short-lived life studying brush land and forest protection, specifically fire prevention, alongside his wife Ida. These studies led to an enormous amount of practical knowledge for composting, heating water, as well as harvesting methane, all of which are by-products of maintaining a forest or brush land with fire prevention techniques. While this knowledge is applicable in many instances, it is worth remembering that the root of all of this knowledge lies in forest preservation. All of the activities described below are by-products of that process. Brushwood Composting Overview To first understand the process of composting brushwood, Jean Pain set about creating a heaping row of chipped material. Once you have your chips, pile them 1.6m tall with a base of 2.2m. Humus – The End Product By allowing the system to go a full 6-7 months, humus is created. Harvesting Heat Harvesting Methane Home Scale
Build a Simple Solar Heater After walking into my workshop one December morning and feeling a bone-chilling 10 degrees, I decided to install a heating system. Given the rising costs of propane and my family’s environmental concerns about using nonrenewable fossil fuels, a solar solution seemed fitting. I’m a retired aircraft engineer, but you don’t need a similar background to tackle this project. In fact, a solar hot-air collector built into new construction or added to an existing building can be an easy and inexpensive heating solution. Following the simple principles and plan outlined here, you can heat your workshop, barn or even your home with free heat from the sun. If it works here in Bozeman, Mont., it’s bound to work wherever you are. I reviewed many solar collector concepts and decided to install a thermosiphon air collector on the south wall of the workshop. To minimize costs, I integrated the collector with the structure and used readily available materials. How It Works Performance and Economics Pros:
SOLAR CITIES Wood Burning Electricity Generating Stove INDIGIRKA-2 During the process burning the stove generates the direct current of 12 volts and power not less than 60 watts, which is transferred to the control block and then to the external clamp outlets. The electricity generators enter stable operation mode 12 – 15 minutes after fire starts. Generators supply enough energy to light 2-3 energy-efficient bulbs, charge notebooks, cells, tablets, cameras, watch a portable TV or listen to radio, and so on. It’s not very much – but in emergency situations it will allow you to operate vital and lifesaving devices, and use ordinary wood, pellets, charcoal as fuel. You may want to keep it safe in your backyard, just for a case. The small weight and dimensions allow transportation of the stove and installation in any accessible place. Heated space, up to - 1700 cu.ft. ( 50 cu.m)Max power - 13700 BTU/h (4 kW) Width - 21.3” (540 mm)Depth - 16.8” (427 mm)Height - 25.7” (652 mm) Weight - 119 lb. (54 kg)Fuel capacity - 1 cu. ft. (30 l)Length of logs - 14" (36 cm)
Installing your own small, remote off-grid solar system by Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM A typical residential-size solar system installation will involve properly sized and installed AC and DC electrical wiring to reduce the risk of electrical fire, a proper grounding system to prevent shock and lightning damage, proper battery installation and venting to prevent gas explosions, and a properly installed solar array to maximize performance while avoiding roof damage. In almost all of my past articles I have described many different types of solar power systems, but did not go into detail on how to install them yourself, since most systems should be sized and wired by licensed solar professionals. However, the Backwoods Home website continues to receive many e-mail questions related to smaller do-it-yourself solar projects for remote weekend or vacation cabins in areas not served by power lines. Otherwise—don't try this at home. I am staying with all 12-volt DC equipment which has a limited shock hazard and allows using many of the electrical components you can find locally.