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  • in reply to: combating condensation in van dwelling #63916
    JassenB
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    I almost hate to admit this, but I’ve tried numerous systems for combating this problem and the best one I’ve found is also the simplest: Keep at least two windows cracked open sufficiently for cross-ventilation.

    in reply to: Solar panels – New technology #63917
    JassenB
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    In my own home area, a team of scientists at Colorado State University developed a thin film solar cell technology over the past few years that will allow the conversion of regular window class to solar panels. They have formed a commercial venture called AVA Solar, Inc. and recently broke ground on a new facility here in Colorado that is expected to be operational by the middle of 2009. It’s expected to initially bring over 150 jobs to the area, and eventually 500 new jobs once they really get cranking. The product should be on the market in a little over one year. They began moving production equipment into a newly leased building just a couple weeks ago.

    Web site: https://www.avasolar.com/

    in reply to: Power Usage #63918
    JassenB
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    There exist sophisticated electronic load balancing systems that handle these sort of power management functions. In essence, they can bring in power from whatever source is available to meet the demand your home is placing on it. They can even decide which is most efficient, based on solar intensity, current wind speeds, etc. If you are in an area with net metering and can sell excess power BACK to the grid, they can handle that, too. They come with a steep price tag still, but they exist. The lowest cost residential systems of this nature that I’ve seen are still over US$10,000.

    in reply to: Investing in Wind, is it a breeze? #63919
    JassenB
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    Here in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States, wind is a very viable and efficient energy source. Basically, this is short an exceptionally windy part of the planet. My city obtains about 2% of it’s power from a wind farm that the city itself owns. Other, much smaller cities in our area get even more of there power from wind. There are tiny towns in Wyoming that are powered entirely by one single giant wind turbine, the wind is that reliable (they do have grid backup, of course).

    I think it all depends on where you live and what makes sense. Since my background is in nuclear engineering, I’m incredibly biased towards that technology for meeting baseline demand, and believe that wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal all have there place in the areas of the planet that are capable of harnessing such sources reliably. I love nuclear because it creates zero emissions. Yes, it creates a nasty byproduct, but it’s a waste product that exists in solid, contained form, not escaping liquid or gaseous form.

    /soapbox :)

    in reply to: vhemt.org have a point #63920
    JassenB
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    I would concur 110%.

    I would submit that the single greatest threat to planet Earth, Gaia, the biosphere, et al, isn’t the presence of our species, but the fact that there’s simply too damn many of us.

    in reply to: keep it simple #63921
    JassenB
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    KISS is one of the most important principles in vehicle living, IMHO. I’ve build elaborate electrical and other systems, but in the end discover that a vehicle, just like a home, is more or less just a place to store your junk and sleep.

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