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Peoples of this world are surveying alternative energy resources as options to coal, oil and nuclear power. This website and adjacent note book will explore the emerging world of renewable energy with a new twist shinning new light on some older yet still futuristic ideas while presenting some new ideas you may not have thought of before in a fun enjoyable atmosphere. Join our discussion group in Paltalk by using the portal below.
Hot and cold water is one of the most important aspects of the modern world not only for hygiene but for many household uses and is expected as common in these times. So we have begun our system with the quest for water. The units we have chosen to use are thermosyphon systems because not only are they the simplest to construct but uses the least amount of energy to create hot water. The basic rule that hot water rises is used within these solar systems to activate the heater only when the sun source is there to circulate without pumps, and heats without any electricity or gas from other sources. Convection moves heated liquid upwards in the system as it is simultaneously replaced by cooler liquid returning by gravity. Ideally, the liquid flows easily because a good thermosiphon should have very little hydraulic resistance. To keep the water hot during nights and cloudy days the tank is super insulated inside the attic area. For freeze protection of the collectors themselves they also can be located inside the attic space under a large south facing skylight. Notice the basic thermosyphon solar system in the figure below.
Ok! Now of course our water system needs a means of pressurization so here again we have chosen to use a simple solar energy design to accomplish this means. A solar powered pumping system is basically a 12 Volt or 24 volt, Direct Current pump that uses direct sunlight to activate the pumping cycle. The water is raised into a tank that is elevated above all other domestic water systems as to advantage the extra pressure by using gravity to push the water to outlet water systems either hot or cold either day or night all around the habitat. See the figure below to visualize this concept.
A fresh water supply is a concern for all humans as more contaminates are finding their way into the river, streams, and aquifers. A simple solar distiller device can easily provide gallons of fresh water for drinking and cooking. These units can be designed to be plumbed into a south facing kitchen area or simply incorporated on the south facing roof and gravity fed anywhere in the habitat below.Energy from the sun heats water inside the still to the point of evaporation. Water vapor rises, condenses on the inner glass surface of the still, and drips into a collection tank. This process removes impurities such as salts and heavy metals as well as eliminates microbiological organisms. Refer to the image below for a better idea of such a system integrated into the potable water supply.
If a well or water supply isn’t easily available then a rain water cistern can be incorporated into the system to collect strained rain water. Since rain water is falling from the sky already above the habitat there is no need to use extra energy to pump it around so we suggest to collect the rain water at the highest elevation possible usually a few inches below the roof gutters or inside the attic. The cistern can be plumbed into toilets, exterior wash and cleaning basins, irrigation or other domestic water destinations. The images below show the typical rain water cistern system components.
Once we have accumulated our dependable water supply we can begin to get creative with some really nice water projects such as a solar heated hot tub, solar fountains, waterfalls, garden streams, small ponds and swimming pools etc…
A very fun water project with solar is the fountain and can be accomplish several ways using a submersible direct solar powered pump with a nozzle created for the desired effect.
Starting with direct solar powered ventilator, and a well insulated attic, and reflective roofing. The idea is that a cool attic helps keep a cool house and is central to keeping a house more comfortable, and also helps keep a fresh stream of air flowing through the house on the hotter days when usually the sun source is active to operate the devices counteracting the Sun’s effect. The idea is not to create a trap for the rising hot air but instead channeling the hot air into the atmosphere or hot air to water heat exchanger to preheat water before entering the solar collector already located on the roof. A example of a direct solar ventilating device is pictured below.
Another good solar cooling application is the solar powered evaporating cooler.
Evaporator cooling is a physical phenomenon in which evaporation of a liquid, typically into surrounding air, cools an object or a liquid in contact with it. Latent heat describes the amount of heat that is needed to evaporate the liquid; this heat comes from the liquid itself and the surrounding gas and surfaces.The greater the difference between the two temperatures, the greater the evaporate cooling effect. The basic components of a evaporating cooler is noted below. (Click on the image to expand view)
When using solar to directly power your evaporative cooler just use a D C Motor for the fan and a small D C pump for the means of water circulation, then install some solar electric PV modules to power the unit either on the roof, or on the top of the unit itself. Here is a very interesting solar innovation towards the solar powered air conditioning adventure at the following URL.
The following basic description of the Maisotsenko Cycle is meant for all readers. A detailed scientific description and a conceptual description are also available on this website for readers who have a deeper understanding of thermodynamics.
Clean clothes are a must and people all over the world have become accustom to the concept of a machine to wash and dry their clothes and expect this technology to continue into the future. OK a traditional clothes line has been in use since time immortal and this basic concept of hanging clothes out in the sunshine is still a very efficient cheap way to dry clothes, but is there still a better way? Lets Explore some possibilities of the total solar powered laundry. Here we have done some experimenting with a solar chamber that acts as a clothes cleaning closet.
When exchanging clothes simply hang the used pair into the solar closet and activate the cycle. Once the clothes are scoured with solar heated hot water through pressure nozzles the clothes will drip dry towards the floor grate drain as solar pre heated air is circulated thru the chamber or in some designs a skylight is installed. Futuristic fabrics can be designed to accent this type of solar cleaning. You will find below some links to some interesting innovations we have found that look very promising technologies or easily incorporated into the solar electric laundry systems of the future.
For some other reading on this technology under consideration for solar energy transfer adaptations use the following links to accent your imagination.
The basic idea is to create a simple electric car system that can be operated within the arena of the solar electric community or village with either a battery exchange or other method of energy delivery system for cross country traveling.
Use the link below to read a first hand view into how the group brain storms on some of these ideas and topics during an active discussion session. (Notice the hyper links embedded for further reading. )
Ok the concept of a fleet of electric cars isn’t new and if you haven’t seen this documentary it will shed a lot of light on the subject.
Who killed The Electric Car Nominated: Best Documentary – Environmental Media Awards (2006)
If you feel you don’t have the time for the full documentary right now, here is a short clip we have chosen that addresses the main problem with electric cars.
To make driving an electric car even more attractive (Unlimited Range Electric Car Systems) battery recharge/exchange stations were invented. In seconds the station automatically swaps batteries. You don’t even have to get out of the car. Watch the video——-
Another very exciting emerging technology is the air car. Compressed air cars are powered by engines fueled by compressed air, which is stored in a tank at high pressure such as 30 MPa (4500 psi or 300 bar). Rather than driving engine pistons with an ignited fuel-air mixture, compressed air cars use the expansion of compressed air, in a similar manner to the expansion of steam in a steam engine. The question here is, can the compressed air be provided by solar or alternative energy? The answer is, yes making this technology a very promising adventure. Learn more by watching the following video of one air car inventor’s exciting story.
Grass is a very interesting past time for many people on this planet. Grass grows out under the Sun so solar energy is a great way to maintain grass or better known as the lawn hence a lawn mower. We are not saying that the ritual of grass cutting is obsolete but hey just for a second imagine all the things you could be doing if this chore was eliminated all together. Below is a very unique way to cut your lawn without the use of fossil fuels or human time and labor.