Powering your house(but not by national grid)?
Is there away to power your house your self. ie by not connecting to the national grid and making a mini power plant to power just your house
can put links to the companys that do, do something like that
Windmill Farms answers:
If you have the water rights to your property and a creek, you could use micro hydro. Any other technique such as wind or solar are not load following so you would need some energy storage mechanism, usually batteries. It can be done and is done in remote locations but it’s costly, you pay a lot less for power from the grid.
A well designed home such as an underground home like Earthships, require far less power to remain comfortable, making it far easier to be off the grid.
how do power generators work? are there any designs or ways to make your own?
Windmill Farms answers:
You are asking about portable generators that use a spring to provide the motive force? I saw one which is basically a portable torch and which works with a spring, and is worked by just putting it in our hand and squeezed like a soft ball. The compression doesn’t produce any power but when the spring ‘springs back’ the coil is rotating in a magnetic field provided by a permanent magnet and electricity is produced, sufficient to light a small bulb and a little more to be stored in a capacitor so that the bulb stays lit up for some more time. A cycle dynamo is in fact a small generator that works by the rotation of a coil and the motive power is produced by a small wheel rubbing against the back wheel tyre.
There are small wind powered generators also. There are micro hydel plants that work with small streams which flow over a few feet of level difference.
I also saw small generators for telephones in remote areas. It is cranked by hand and stores the electricity in capacitors or batteries. The capacity of the generator depends upon the intended applications.
Solar based Photo Voltaic Cells are useful for small wattage applications and don’t have any moving parts.
If you look for the right type and size, you will find what you need. If you specify your applications in more detail, may be I can help you or some one more knowledgeable.
How Much Power is Needed/Used in a Household?
Hi Anyone who knows how much power is needed/used in a household or for a residential Property.
I need to write a report urgently and I need this information for my Project Specification.
My project is to build a micro hydro power plant and i need to know the average power is used by a household.
Windmill Farms answers:
Some wind power companies assume that 1 megawatt is sufficient for 200 to 300 homes.
So, if we use the average of 1,000,000 watts per 250 homes, that would allow 4000 watts per home.
where can I go to find the rightinfo about installing solar or wind power where I live? State/federal credits?
I live on a farm in NW Indiana. I want lower my energy bill and put up solar panels or windmills. Does Indiana have a program to help walk me through this, and where do I go to get the information?
Windmill Farms answers:
Let me start off by saying we (my family and I) live completely, 100% “off of the grid and are completely self sufficient”
The house is built utilizing natures natural elements, in the shape of an octagon with 8ft wide arch doors on every wall to catch every angle of wind (typical 4 sided homes have half the chance as one with 8 sides. A circle being the most efficient design). Woodburning stoves, solar chimney, solar AC, solar heating, solar water heating (pool and home), solar stove, solar power, wind power, hydrogen powered back up generator, hydrogen back up water heater, hydrogen stove, 2 hydrogen powered trucks, 1 EV (electric vehicle) and satellite internet.
There are no utility lines, no water lines, no roads, tv, cell service, etc. On our ranch. EVERYTHING needed is produced here. All electricity comes from 27 solar panels, 2 main wind gens and a back hydrogen generator if needed (typically we can last 9 days with all luxuries of sunless windless weather, hasn’t happened yet). Water is caught and storaged from the rain. Hot water is made with solar batch water heaters with an on-demand hydrogen hot water heater as backup. Even our vehicles use alternative energy (2 hydrogen trucks, 1 EV electric vehicle converted). Because of this we have no bills, no debt and no mortgage.
The fallowing steps were taking directly out of a DIY guide I offer to those who would like to run their homes on solar power safely, reducing their monthly utility bills or even selling power back the the electrical companies. The entire guide is available at www agua-luna com. Its pretty simple but if you have any problems feel free to contact me directly I can walk you threw the process.
Materials you will need
A sheet of copper flashing from the hardware store. This normally costs about $5.00 per square foot. We will need about half a square foot.
Two alligator clip leads.
A sensitive micro-ammeter that can read currents between 10 and 50 microamperes. Radio Shack sells small LCD multimeters that will do, but I used a small surplus meter with a needle.
An electric stove. My kitchen stove is gas, so I bought a small one-burner electric hotplate for about $25. The little 700 watt burners probably won’t work — mine is 1100 watts, so the burner gets red hot.
A large clear plastic bottle off of which you can cut the top. I used a 2 liter spring water bottle. A large mouth glass jar will also work.
Table salt. We will want a couple tablespoons of salt.
Sand paper or a wire brush on an electric drill.
Sheet metal shears for cutting the copper sheet.
The first step is to cut a piece of the copper sheeting that is about the size of the burner on the stove. Wash your hands so they don’t have any grease or oil on them. Then wash the copper sheet with soap or cleanser to get any oil or grease off of it. Use the sandpaper or wire brush to thoroughly clean the copper sheeting, so that any sulphide or other light corrosion is removed.
Next, place the cleaned and dried copper sheet on the burner and turn the burner to its highest setting.
As the copper starts to heat up, you will see beautiful oxidation patterns begin to form. Oranges, purples, and reds will cover the copper.
As the copper gets hotter, the colors are replaced with a black coating of cupric oxide. This is not the oxide we want, but it will flake off later, showing the reds, oranges, pinks, and purples of the cuprous oxide layer underneath.
The last bits of color disappear as the burner starts to glow red.
When the burner is glowing red-hot, the sheet of copper will be coated with a black cupric oxide coat. Let it cook for a half an hour, so the black coating will be thick. This is important, since a thick coating will flake off nicely, while a thin coat will stay stuck to the copper.
After the half hour of cooking, turn off the burner. Leave the hot copper on the burner to cool slowly. If you cool it too quickly, the black oxide will stay stuck to the copper.
As the copper cools, it shrinks. The black cupric oxide also shrinks. But they shrink at different rates, which makes the black cupric oxide flake off.
The little black flakes pop off the copper with enough force to make them fly a few inches. This means a little more cleaning effort around the stove, but it is fun to watch.
When the copper has cooled to room temperature (this takes about 20 minutes), most of the black oxide will be gone. A light scrubbing with your hands under running water will remove most of the small bits. Resist the temptation to remove all of the black spots by hard scrubbing or by flexing the soft copper. This might damage the delicate red cuprous oxide layer we need to make to solar cell work.
Cut another sheet of copper about the same size as the first one. Bend both pieces gently, so they will fit into the plastic bottle or jar without touching one another. The cuprous oxide coating that was facing up on the burner is usually the best side to face outwards in the jar, because it has the smoothest, cleanest surface.
Attach the two alligator clip leads, one to the new copper plate, and one to the cuprous oxide coated plate. Connect the lead from the clean copper plate to the positive terminal of the meter. Connect the lead from the cuprous oxide plate to the negative terminal of the meter.
Now mix a couple tablespoons of salt into some hot tap water. Stir the saltwater until all the salt is dissolved. Then carefully pour the saltwater into the jar, being careful not to get the clip leads wet. The saltwater should not completely cover the plates — you should leave about an inch of plate above the water, so you can move the solar cell around without getting the clip leads wet.
Now place in the sun with the magnefied on top.
The solar cell is a battery, even in the dark, and will usually show a few microamps of current.
That’s it it’s that simple. If you’d a more detailed process and some pics (ouldn’t put them here) it’s available along with some other DIY alternative energy projects at www agua-luna com
Hope this helped, feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions if you’d like assistance in making your first self sufficient steps, I’m willing to walk you step by step threw the process. I’ve written several how-to DIY guides available at www agua-luna com on the subject. I also offer online and on-site workshops, seminars and internships to help others help the environment.
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Micro Generation…please could someone tell me what it is, how you do it, and is it any good ??
Windmill Farms answers:
Micro Generation in the true sense is where we all have small generating units at home.
This might be a mini wind turbine, an array of photovoltaic solar panels or something like a Sterling Engine which takes waste heat from your hot water boiler and generates power that way.
The whole point of this is to maximise power generation where you need it. If you can produce what you need then there is no need for more power to be produced by power stations etc. As the “national grid” is relatively inefficient, local micro generation is the most efficient way to create and deliver power.
Thus far I have just mentioned “micro generation”. There are other ways of being more efficient locally in energy usage, for example CHP, or Combined Heat and Power. This is normally available when you have local power station that is powering, say, a large village or a town or district. The waste heat from the power station (assuming it is burning something and is not wind-, hydro-, or solar-powered) is used to heat local properties and generate hot water. In this way energy usage is maximised.
Anyway, there you go – loads of info. For the typical homeowner in the UK the realistic options are either a small wind turbine or photovoltaic solar panels. Unless you have a river running through your back garden…
Good luck in whatever you do. You can guarantee that it will save you money in the long run!
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