Posted by William Wixon on March 4, 2009, 8:37 am
nice microhydro installation in chile.
home built controller. wound own transformers. 5~8 kw output.
(also awesomely cool volcano-erupting photos)
Posted by wmbjkREMOVE on March 4, 2009, 7:41 pm
On Wed, 4 Mar 2009 02:37:47 -0600, "William Wixon"
Wow, that's a seriously impressive project. I'll be forwarding the
link to an acquaintance who's been bitching that Obama is taking too
long delivering the free digital converter box coupons. :-)
Posted by William Wixon on March 5, 2009, 5:35 pm
yeah, that's what i thought too, did you check out manfred's other projects?
the round house, wow.
imagine how nice it would be to build such a thing and never have to worry
about energy expenses again, i mean like, there'll be maintenance costs
etc., and if a generator breaks down, but when he mentioned "electric heat"
and "electric oven" i was like <ding> oh! now i get it, "free" energy for
the rest of your life. sweet.
Posted by wmbjkREMOVE on March 6, 2009, 6:52 pm
On Thu, 5 Mar 2009 11:35:28 -0600, "William Wixon"
Yes, all very impressive.
I definitely get the sweet part. Living off-grid is fantastic for
those who can manage it. We were talking about one of the advantages
just the other day. Our property taxes are going up substantially, but
they're still far lower than our last place which was a more typical
grid-connected home. We calculated that we've saved more than $0k
thus far on property taxes alone, which is about double what we spent
on all the solar and wind hardware. There are other considerations of
course, such as the longer drive to town. But all things taken into
account, we're miles ahead of where we'd be if we'd stayed at our last
Posted by Martin Riddle on March 7, 2009, 4:31 am
imagine if he build that in the US. All the permits and fees ;D