Rocket Mass Heaters: The coolest sustainable heater The rocket mass heaters work on the same basic principles as a masonry heater. A fast, high heat and oxygen rich fire burn up the volatile gases and particulates, leading to a very clean combustion and turn a large portion of the fuel into usable heat. In a well designed system smoke is released only during the first minutes of a burn, until the temperature in the burning chamber is high enough to burn all gases. The major difference in the design of a rocket mass heater in comparison with a masonry heater is that the rocket heater has an insulated J or L shaped combustion chamber which forces the fire to burn horizontally.
SheerWind's INVELOX Wind Turbine Can Generate 600% More Energy Than Conventional Turbines US-based wind energy company SheerWind just unveiled the INVELOX – a tunnel-based wind turbine that can produce up to 600% more power than traditional wind turbines. The company states that after extensive field-testing, their new INVELOX turbine “significantly outperforms the traditional turbine” and could reduce installation capital costs to less than $750 per KW. The INVELOX energy system works by capturing ground-level breezes and funneling them through a tapering passageway that naturally accelerates wind flow. Vina's House Comprises 140-Square-Feet of Adorable Comfort Designer Vina Lustado of Sol Haus Design has designed her dream Tiny House, which is 140 square feet of pure charm. Called “Vina’s House,” the self-sufficient abode is placed on an 8 by 20 foot trailer and clad in wood. Illuminated with skylights, the tiny home boasts a gas fireplace and lofted sleeping area that comfortably sleeps two. Best of all, this beauty can be transported anywhere with very little fuss. With a desire to create her ideal home based on the principles of simplicity and sustainability, Lustado created the tiny house as a personal project with a budget of $35,000. With the trailer as a base, the home was designed to give the feeling of a cozy cabin, with a luxurious feel and clean, modern lines.
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The Basics on Rocket Mass Heaters If you think curling up next to a roaring fire during the cold winter months is pleasant, wait until you grab a book and settle on the warm bed of a rocket mass heater. The heated thermal mass remains warm for hours, offering an immensely comfortable and practical living space. Rocket mass heaters are a contemporary adaptation to the long-standing technology of masonry stoves where the goal is to heat a thermal battery that slowly releases its warmth rather than attempting to continually heat the air in the room. One of the primary differences is a rocket mass heater has an extended horizontal “bed” that can be utilized as a functional area. While it has a larger footprint than the vertically built masonry stoves, the simple design and fairly inexpensive materials of a rocket mass heater make it a task practically any thoughtful do-it-yourselfer can tackle.
'Wind trees' could replace controversial giant turbines in race for sustainable energy An artificial 'wind tree' has been created to generate electricity from even the slightest flow of air. Jérôme Michaud-Larivière, founder of the Paris-based start-up NewWind, has created Tree Wind and plans to market the invention next year. The eight-metre high (25ft) tree consists of a steel trunk, from which extend branches holding 100 plastic 'leaves', AFP reports.
Poco by Tiny Living Homes A 160 square feet tiny home on wheels in Delta, British Columbia, Canada built by Tiny Living Homes.” – Tiny House Swoon See more of Poco at Tiny House Swoon. Amsterdam Houseboat A floating home in the Nieuwe Prinsengracht area in Amsterdam, Netherlands. More info. here. Green Magic Homes, casas verdes, casas ecológicas cubiertas de tierra, green homes, ecologyic homes Can you imagine living under your garden, your flowers, your trees, in a green vibrant living landscape? All this is can be possible with GREEN MAGIC HOMES technology. These elegant arched structures are made of fiber reinforced polymer modular components which are durable, flexible and waterproof. With endless design possibilities, these structures can be assembled quickly and easily, with minimal cost to create a gracious living environment in harmony with nature.
Rocket Mass Heaters and Rocket Stoves at Wheaton Labs (with pics!) Here is a list of all the rocket mass heaters and rocket stoves at wheaton labs. A rocket mass heater is a space heating system developed from the rocket stove, an efficient cooking stove invented for and introduced in developing nations in the late 80's and early 90's to decrease fuel usage and smoke emission. The Rocket mass heater is a hybrid with elements of this efficient wood burning stove and a masonry heater. In contrast to the masonry heater, which requires advanced masonry skills, the rocket mass heater can be built by any enthusiast with basic masonry and engineering skills. A rocket mass heater can usually be put together using recycled and natural materials such as cob, bricks, rocks and a metal barrel or cylinder. The thermal storage is large enough to retain heat for many hours or even days and typically forms part of the structure of a building.