Do Solar Panels Work When it’s Cloudy?

May 27, 2011 by  
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Lets find out how much solar power we can get on a cloudy day in Seattle. This is a 75 watt solar panel test.

Broken Moon – 52/72min Documentary

May 27, 2011 by  
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Watch Full Film Here: vodsite.journeyman.tv See how the sun is burning our world up. To see more go to www.youtube.com Follow us on Facebook (goo.gl or Twitter (www.twitter.com Brimming with majesty, this HD documentary offers a startling glimpse of one of the most remote corners of the planet. As the sun beats down and the wind whips dust into his eyes, Sonam, a Himalayan nomad, struggles across a desperate, arid landscape. His region faces the most dramatic temperature rises on the planet. The climate has changed, suddenly turning his once beautiful world into an endless desert. Now Sonam and his people face a desperate decision, whether or not to leave their homeland forever, or stay on and fight the increasingly extreme weather. May 2011

STIRLING ENGINE SOLAR POWER PARABOLIC MIRROR ELECTRIC GENERATOR

May 26, 2011 by  
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www.greenpowerscience.com This is a larger Stirling engine that has a 12v DC Permanent Magnet motor operating fixed as the flywheel bearing. It produces 15 Volt max with NO LOAD. This setup as is produces about 15 watts. The heat sink is a water cooled tank that is a bit short for the displacement piston but does work. I will be adding some heat sinks soon and testing it with the 56 inch dish and a Fresnel Lens. The motor/generator has an additional pulley that the other engine I have may be tied to. The water can be fed continuously or as a tank.

Solar Energy (Freiburg, Germany)

May 26, 2011 by  
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Solar Energy Village in Germany (Freiburg). en.wikipedia.org www.tve.org

Wind Farm

May 26, 2011 by  
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This Wind Farm was located close to the place I was working at this past winter. Music is a track called “Dawn of Nothing” by StupidFingers. The track can be found at Newgrounds.

Off Grid Renewable Energy Solar Wind Setup Part1

May 25, 2011 by  
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We have 2 Evergreen Solar panels 180 watts each, Tristar 60Amp Controller, 2, 400 watt Air-x wind generators, about 8 marine deep cycle batteries from walmart now. A 250A DC breakerbox from Midnight Solar, Xantrex DR-2412 2400Watt Inverter, and a Reliance transfer switch. So far the system has cost about 00 with everything overbuilt to be upgradeable with more solar panels as soon as we get some more funding! More videos soon lots has changed since winter has set in.

Alternative Energy for Your Home

May 25, 2011 by  
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Alternative Energy for the Home

The trend toward homes that are powered by alternative energy sources, ranging from wind turbines and solar collection cells to hydrogen fuel cells and biomass gases, is one that needs to continue into the 21st century and beyond. We have great need of becoming more energy independent, and not having to rely on the supplying of fossil fuels from unstable nations who are often hostile to us and our interests. But even beyond this factor, we as individuals need to get “off the grid” and also stop having to be so reliant on government-lobbying giant oil corporations who, while they are not really involved in any covert conspiracy, nevertheless have a stranglehold on people when it comes to heating their homes (and if not through oil, then heat usually supplied by grid-driven electricity, another stranglehold).

As Remi Wilkinson, Senior Analyst with Carbon Free, puts it, inevitably, the growth of distributed generation will lead to the restructuring of the retail electricity market and the generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure. The power providers may have to diversify their business to make up for revenues lost through household energy microgeneration. She is referring to the conclusions by a group of UK analysts, herself included among them, who call themselves Carbon Free. Carbon Free has been studying the ever-growing trend toward alternative energy-using homes in England and the West. This trend is being driven by ever-more government recommendation and sometimes backing of alternative energy research and development, the rising cost of oil and other fossil fuels, concern about environmental degradation, and desires to be energy independent. Carbon Free concludes that, assuming traditional energy prices remain at their current level or rise, microgeneration (meeting all of one’s home’s energy needs by installing alternative energy technology such as solar panels or wind turbines) will become to home energy supply what the Internet became to home communications and data gathering, and eventually this will have deep effects on the businesses of the existing energy supply companies.

Carbon Free’s analyses also show that energy companies themselves have jumped in on the game and seek to leverage microgeneration to their own advantage for opening up new markets for themselves. Carbon Free cites the example of electricity companies (in the UK) reporting that they are seriously researching and developing ideas for new geothermal energy facilities, as these companies see geothermal energy production as a highly profitable wave of the future. Another conclusion of Carbon Free is that solar energy hot water heating technology is an efficient technology for reducing home water heating costs in the long run, although it is initially quite expensive to install. However, solar power is not yet cost-effective for corporations, as they require too much in the way of specialized plumbing to implement solar energy hot water heating. Lastly, Carbon Free tells us that installing wind turbines is an efficient way of reducing home electricity costs, while also being more independent. However, again this is initially a very expensive thing to have installed, and companies would do well to begin slashing their prices on these devices or they could find themselves losing market share.

Energy 101: Solar PV

May 25, 2011 by  
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Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can generate clean, cost-effective power anywhere the sun shines. This video shows how a PV panel converts the energy of the sun into renewable electricity to power homes and businesses.

Solar Tower Energy

May 24, 2011 by  
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This is the future project in Australia. It will be ready in 2012.

Clean solar energy

May 24, 2011 by  
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Clean solar energy – 350MW in California desert. For more info see www.solarpaces.org

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