How to keep solar generators running at night
by TECHSTAR on SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 - 0 Comments in SOLAR

* Promises more effective thermal heat storage than current methods

* Company expects quick market penetration

* Says can match fossil fuel-fired power plants on price

NEGEV DESERT, Israel, Sept 22 (Reuters) – An Israeli solar power company, Brenmiller Energy, says it has developed a new, more efficient way to store heat from the sun that could give a boost to the thermal solar power industry by enabling plants to run at full capacity night and day. (more…)

Picking the wrong plant
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Since having such a wet rainy season, as compared to the previous several rainy seasons, I have seen many more species of wild plants growing, specifically wildflowers. Normally I’m not interested in growing flowers, I don’t want just a pretty face, I generally require any plants I plant and tend to do something useful for me, it needs to be edible and/or medicinal… (more…)

Greedy power companies in Queensland
by NICK ROSEN on SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101

By David French – journalist on the Queensland Times (a greedy newspaper)

RATHER than embracing change, the owner-custodians of Queensland’s power industry have treated it as a cash cow. They have milked the assets for cash, failing to invest in generation, and over-investing in distribution. Those lurks ended, now they are going to hive off the poles and the wires.

At the same time the overall industry has been the domain of engineers and unions, none which (generally and sadly) is particularly well versed in understanding the characteristics of markets.

Let me help all participants with a few facts: (more…)

Brits leave UK to go off-grid
by NICK ROSEN on SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 - 0 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY

There are too many obstacles to living off the grid in the UK, so thousands of young people are travelling across the continent to get closer to nature. Kate Brennan and her husband, Geoff Copstick are living in the New Zealand countryside. He is from Glasgow and I am from Liverpool so we were not exactly country people,” Brennan says.

They purchased a 1.6-hectare property. “I’m not sure what I imagined it would become when we set it up but it has certainly taken on a bigger life of its own,” she says. (more…)

Bobbage bridge update
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Strange name for a title, Bobbage, well if you have followed me for any length of time, you will know that Bobbage is what we call the thing that PB (Primitive Bob) does, he takes things that most would toss in the trash and makes the most wonderful (and wondrous) things with it. Today we will talk about the bridge he is building for us.

This isn’t just any bridge, not a small garden bridge, but one that will not only take foot traffic, but will hold up to trucks driving across it, one at a time of course. :) (more…)

What do you miss about living off-grid?
by NICK ROSEN on SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY

1x1placeholderA BBC pop-up asks folks living in Colorado what they miss about leaving the grid behind. Its a nice compilation of radio voices, with scenic Colorado mountain views and a jaunty sound track – find the link on the next page. (more…)

Make a wish, believe in it
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 - 2 Comments in SPIRIT, WRETHA

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As the end of summer slides past us, the days are getting shorter and cooler. Our rainy season has all but ended,  the last few days has been almost dreamy, with low hanging clouds and ground fog rolling through, cool and damp, the smell of wood smoke in the air from the first warming fires of the season tickle my nose, we settle into the end of our 7th year living off grid, this December will start our 8th year, time has flown by so quickly, sometimes I have a hard time remembering my life before moving off grid, and that is just fine with me. (more…)

Looking for Real Families living off the grid
by NICK ROSEN on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 - 6 Comments in OFF-GRID 101

alaska bush peopleThe success of Alaska Bush people on Discovery TV has pushed off-grid living up the agenda. But its another example of choosing off-grid people because they are half-crazed and will say things the media love.

We are looking for Real families – who do not talk like Jess Ventura – who live TOTALLY off the grid – away from the system – using guns rather than washing machines, solar panels and not cellphones.

Please send photos now – contact nick@off-grid.net

Small budget, big dream, small home
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 - 1 Comment in PEOPLE, WRETHA

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After graduating from college, Dave Herrle got a desk job. He hated every minute of it. But in 2007, while hiking along the Appalachian Trail, Dave got a whole new perspective on the benefits of living a simple life. There in the woods, he promised himself that he wouldn’t spend anymore of his life doing a job that he didn’t enjoy. He also decided to build the home of his dreams. (more…)


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