Sue Robishaw and Steve Schmeck, Unique Artwork and Homesteading Notes from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Powering An Led Light Using The Force of Gravity How I built an electricity producing Solar Panel Several years ago I bought some remote property in Arizona. I am an astronomer and wanted a place to practice my hobby far away from the sky-wrecking light pollution found near cities of any real size. In my attempt to escape city light pollution, I found a great piece of remote property. The problem is, it's so remote that there is no electric service available. I built a wind turbine to provide some power on the remote property. Here is a video of the solar panel set up and in use on my remote, off-grid property. Let me state up front that I probably won't be able to help you out much if you decide to build your own solar panel(s). So what is a solar panel anyway? I started out the way I start every project, by Googling for information on home-built solar panels. After a while, I came to some conclusions: Once I came to the realization that I could use blemished and factory-second solar cells to build my panels, I finally got to work. seller. Oops! Next time I will do it differently.
Why Tesla's battery for your home should terrify utilities Earlier this week, during a disappointing Tesla earnings call, Elon Musk mentioned in passing that he’d be producing a stationary battery for powering the home in the next few months. It sounded like a throwaway side project from someone who’s never seen a side project he doesn’t like. But it’s a very smart move, and one that’s more central to Musk’s ambitions than it might seem. To understand why, it helps to look not at Tesla, but at SolarCity, a company chaired by Musk and run by his cousin Lyndon Rive. When you have a lot of solar, you need a lot of batteries Fueled by financing systems like SolarCity’s, government subsidies, and a rapid drop in the price of photovoltaics, solar has been growing fast. That’s part of the reason that California, with one of the most aggressive renewable energy mandates in the country, recently declared the most aggressive energy storage mandate as well, with a goal of 1.3 gigawatts of storage by 2020. Forecast storage market from GTM Research.
Our Simple DIY Home Solar Power System Bringing some of the benefits of electrical power to our off-grid home has been a hit-or-miss affair. Over the years we’ve tried some very simple approaches to lighting and small battery recharging for our flashlights, such as hauling a 12 volt car battery to a small rural school about a half mile away every time it needed to be topped up. This was time consuming and inefficient. …developing Eartheasy.com using a dialup internet connection on a phone line strung through the woods was challenging… For many years we managed to get along without the conveniences which electricity can provide, but developing Eartheasy.com using a dialup internet connection on a phone line strung through the woods was challenging, and charging my laptop became a regular necessity. Today, with the help of a local expert on off grid home solar power and alternative energy systems, we have the best of both worlds. We have already enjoyed about three years of trouble-free use from this system. 1. 2. 3. 4.
Cohabitat - Photos du journal Tesla's Big Mistake? While experimenting with a long, thin 'secondary' coil from a Tesla Coil, I suddenly connected up several things in my mind which had been separate up to that moment. After years of messing with Tesla Coils, I finally see what Tesla was up to with single wire transmission, with resonant coils, and with longitudinal waves. See if the following doesn't make sense. If we wrap a single-layer coil of wire upon a very long plastic tube, we have a Tesla resonator as in Fig 1 above. Now we put a metal sphere on either end to prevent corona from spewing out of the dangling wire tips, and we've built a simple electrical power system. This is the infamous single wire transmission line. In conventional cables there are two conductors, and the voltage between them forms the "E" part of the EM wave. Interesting? HOWEVER, this is not unique. It turns out that you can send microwave or UHF signals along a *single* wire as long as that wire is coated with a dielectric. How does this relate to Tesla?
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Zeer Pot Instructable - Simple Off Grid Refrigeration Technique Transforms Food Storage In Africa If you found yourself stuck without power following a hurricane, earthquake, or other disaster, there is no reason anyone should be without this kind of knowledge. In this day and age where we can share the knowledge around, I love this idea. Be sure to watch the video on its use and effictiveness as well on the second page of this article, and share it around to all of your loved ones. A zeer pot is an evaporative cooler used in rural Africa and the Middle East to keep vegetables fresh. Here are the supplies used to build it. Zeer pots were re-discovered and popularized in the early 2000s by the Nigerian teacher Mohammed Bah Abba. Unless the air is very dry and the pot is exposed to a constant breeze, they generally do not become as cold as a refrigerator, but they will keep vegetables fresh for a couple of weeks. Think of it as an open-cycle refrigerator. In the under-developed parts of Africa and the Middle East, zeer pots use custom made pots prepared by local potters.
Solar Slab Using large super-insulated water tanks to inter-seasonally store solar hot water is popularly known as the Sonnenhaus concept in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The water tanks vary in size from 40,000 litres for a standard house to up to 200,000 litres for apartment buildings and usually cost between £1.50-£2.00/litre. Sonnenhause owners boast heating bills 50% lower than the occupants of Passive Houses. The Solar panels and Water tank can be a costly addition to the construction budget and they can take up quite a bit of room. In order to explore this concept a super-insulated 10,000L Hydro Thermal Energy Store (below) was connected to 24m2 of Solar tubes in Cork in 2008, this reduced the clients heating/hot water bill by 65%. 24m2 of drain-back solar thermal tubes heat the water in the tank which reaches over 90 degrees most summers. A 12V PV powered pump fills the drain-back solar tubes with water when the sun shines, so there is no need to use antifreeze. Solar Slab Passive Slab
Trying out the SunRocket Solar Kettle - Living Big In A Tiny House | Living Big In A Tiny House In our Tiny House, we are going to be completely off grid. For that reason, we are especially interested in anything that will help us to save energy and fuel. We’ve been really interested in solar cooking for a while, and when we stumbled upon the SunRocket Solar Kettle, we were really keen to give it a go. The good people at Solar Cooking Australia sent us one to try out, and this is what happened. I'm a film-maker who is currently in the process of designing and building an off-the-grid Tiny House and filming the whole journey to help others who would like to do down the same path. Atlantic Canada Solar Directory | Solar Nova Scotia Power Strength & Energy Solutions Ltd is a renewable energy company utilizing the latest technologies to bring about the most efficient use of the sun's energy for residential and commercial applications. These applications include solar thermal for domestic hot water and space heating, wood stoves/boilers, wood chip boilers, pellet stoves/boilers, photovoltaic for electrical energy generation and LED lighting. We combine solar thermal collectors and wood boilers/wood gasification boilers which is a great marriage. Our principals have over 30 years experience in the fields of renewable energy. We design and install systems to strict and safe standards in accordance with local code requirements. At PSES, we ensure that all our clients' needs for clean renewable energy are met with affordable, reliable, easy to use, convenient and efficient designs. Areas serviced: Canada, all provinces and territories.
John Wells: Fascination Fuels A Life Off The Grid | Unlikely Lives John Wells and the Field Lab, his 128 square foot home in Southwest Texas Many tiny house enthusiasts want to get off the grid, and design their homes to run on solar power and catch rainwater. Living off the grid in a rural area has a special romance to it – be independent, financially free, and escape the rat race! John Wells wanted to use his time and talents to create his shelter and food directly, instead of using them to make money to pay for food and shelter. “I Was Ready For Something Different” John and “the Field Lab” may look familiar from Lloyd Kahn’s “Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter”, his 2011 New York Times Profile, and coverage on popular blogs from Apartment Therapy to Boingboing. John worked in New York City as a photographer and prop builder until he tired of New York’s pace and crowds, then lived in a large house in upstate New York until he felt consumed by bills, taxes and debt. The interior of John’s little house. On why he wanted to live off the grid: