Are you interested in becoming an organizer in your area?
Maybe--But Not Sure What to Organize
Tell us about your experience with alternative energy:
Semi retired chemical engineer, obtained P.E. 10 years ago. I own AlternativeEnergyHomes.com but haven't launched it. I've designed my own high efficiency home with passive solar, thermal mass, SIP panels. Installed solar water heater, water coil in wood stove, electronics to make it all run. I have a1 kW turbine I'm working on to develop power management system that won't use batteries, charge controller, or inverter. All the stuff that makes a 1 kW system economics go bad. I'm designing a ground source heat pump with the target of $3000 capital installed, $300/yr heating cost at $0.125/kWhr where it gets well below 0 F.
What excites you about this campaign?
Wind turbines are the best out of the box energy source today. Better than PV, coal, nuclear and natural gas. The others have their place but not for an immediate roll out like Mr. Pickens has announced.
What do you want to do to help?
Engineering, location logistics, education.
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Solar water heater seems fine in the more moderate climates. However, in Northern areas, demand (tankless) would seem to work best. Why heat the whole tank for hours and hours and only use it a couple hours a day.
I had tankless in Panama for 3 years. It is always hot, never runs out, and uses energy only when you want it to.
The most immediate thing at the moment is to get the attention of the morons in charge. Promote the ideas in a way they think they can utilize to their benefit. Of course, the biggest moron closed the shop and sent everybody home so that wouldn't happen.
Starting a phone in to Congress and the Senate (hopefully jamming the switchboard) would get get their attention. We need to move the listing of individual phonenumbers from Numbers USA to this website to enable large numbers of calls/messages. There is also a central number where calls can be directed.
JAMMINGTHE SWITCHBOARD WILL GET AIRTIME ON NEWS PROGRAMS. ATTENTION IS GOOD.
Lots of people are still wrapped around the axle. Many people have to spend a little time 'spinning' before they can make forward progress. A few can just 'move out' without wasting that time. Overall we should start seeing some movement soon.
Politicians often waste time and our money on things that the 'people at large' see as beneficial even though they are superficial and on a deeper look you will see how wasteful.
For example, opening Petroleum Reserves to lower daily pump price. Very shortsighted. No longterm (not even midterm) benefit. Petroleum reserves are to support our military defense. More than ever, we need to preserve them. Planes don't fly on peanut oil. Military vehicles don't run on them either. Believe it or not, personal vehicles and pump prices are way down the list of priorities.
Just noticed your heatpump info. I installed one last year in NJ. My electric is down to about 55-60% of others with the same house in the neighborhood. Will replace hot water heater with on-demand when the time comes.
Thanks for the tips on a solar water heaeter ---and if you go to the discussion I wrote a long piece suggesting that you either put your design on paper and sell it to interested parties for $35 or whatever you think is right, or that you find a partner (no not me) and go into business with the system (with asafety device at that sensistive point) at least in Hawaii where they just passed a law that ALL new homes in Hawaii starting 2010 will HAVE TO HAVE solar water heating. Good opportunity there.
I have a question that I think is right up your ally.
Can you put together the best package available for private homes or small businesses in renewable energy that encompasses solar, wind, battery and any others you can think of?
If you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You seem quite informed and I would like to chat with you further.