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Posted by RicodJour on February 26, 2006, 5:19 pm
 
nicksanspam@ece.villanova.edu wrote:

A pure play?  That comment alone indicates that you're not in touch
with what drives innovation and markets.


To paraphrase that: To prove that you can heat a house with solar,
build a solar heated house.

If you want to play with truncated demonstrations, get little Timmy to
do his 7th grade science project on your scaled back experiment.

R


Posted by RicodJour on February 26, 2006, 5:20 pm
 
nicksanspam@ece.villanova.edu wrote:

A pure play?  That comment alone indicates that you're not in touch
with what drives innovation and markets.


To paraphrase that: To prove that you can heat a house with solar,
build a solar heated house.

If you want to play with truncated demonstrations, get little Timmy to
do his 7th grade science project on your scaled back experiment.

R


Posted by Goedjn on February 27, 2006, 3:52 pm
 On 25 Feb 2006 18:27:33 -0500, nicksanspam@ece.villanova.edu wrote:



Posted by Morris Dovey on February 27, 2006, 3:43 am
 RicodJour (in 1140792451.853530.84140@j33g2000cwa.googlegroups.com)
said:

| That's all fine and dandy, but are you trying to convince people or
| start a new hobby?  If it's supposed to be a house, people have to
| be able to walk inside of it.  Looking at a thermometer through a
| window won't convince someone as much as personally experiencing
| that temperature.

I have a 12'x6' panel installed on my shop wall. Visitors generally
gravitate over to the indoor/outdoor thermometers that show panel
section input/output temperatures out of curiosity - almost without
exception they'll read the temperature and then reach up to feel the
heated air from the panel. Over the last couple of years, there've
only been a few people who've who asked to see the glazed side of that
panel.

The formula for being convinced seems to be "look + touch".

--
Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar
DeSoto, Iowa USA
http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto



Posted by RicodJour on February 27, 2006, 5:59 am
 
Morris Dovey wrote:

Indeed.  Someone can put their hand up to a wall and feel the warmth
from the sunlight hitting it.  It's not an automatic thing for everyone
to extrapolate that the warmth is sufficient to heat a house.  My point
with Nick's idea is that people need to experience the warmth
firsthand, not by peering into a window to see a thermometer.  Your
panel experience bears that out.

As there is no doubt that it can be done, and that there's an immediate
need and an immediate market, I would think that Nick's proselytization
and effort would be more effective if he shifted gears from the
theoretical solution of a semi-convincing demonstration to implementing
the actual solution - ie, team up with some builder(s) and build some
solar houses.  That would be far more convincing, far more newsworthy
and far more profitable.

R


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