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Posted by Alan Horowitz on July 7, 2003, 11:51 pm
I put forth the proposition that, in many, many, many areas of the USA
and of the world, the best useage for any available alternate power,
is to produce coolth and dryth. Most of us do consume those directly,
and it's cheaper to store those two than plenty of energyforms that
people spend their hard-earned money to store.

I further put forth the proposition that all
refrigeration/dehumidification is fundamentally a mechanical process,
and that using electricity as an intermediary is wasteful and

Now, let us assume that we have a moderate-sized resource of wind or
hydro harvestable flowpower.

Should we hook the windmill directly to a compressor?  If so, please
mention design principles.

Should we use the rotating shaft to generate heat, and use that heat
to fire an absorbtoin-cycle system?  If so, please mention design

Posted by Pike on July 8, 2003, 2:05 am
Why not go Harry Potter and use dragon breath?

Posted by Andy in Fink on July 8, 2003, 1:21 pm

Canadians have a knack for gadgetry.  Just watch The Red Green Show on
your local PBS and enjoy his inventions........

                                            Andy in Fink

PS  and remember.  Tommy Chong is a Canadian !!!!!!

Posted by Bob Adkins on July 8, 2003, 1:58 pm

Yes, Red Green is a fine inventor.  :-)

I like his dry humor. It's as dry as cracker juice.

I knew that the first time I heard him speak. There's no mistaking those
round Canadian "O's".  He got busted for <guess what?> Did he get out of the
hoosegow yet?


Posted by Nick Pine on July 8, 2003, 2:15 pm

Good idea. Especially dryth, which can be stored forever with no loss
of energy in a sealed desiccant tank and converted to heath or coolth.
A 1000 gallon tank might store 8x500x1000 = 4 million Btu, ie 1200 kWh.

Lots of possibilities. Evaporate water with plentiful summer sun and
warm outdoor air and then dry veggies at harvest time. And so on...


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