I accidentally tripped over Heat your House with a Mechanical Windmill and my head exploded. Does anyone here do this?
AND Does anyone function stack it? So the solar collector heats when it can, the hot compost pile heats when it can, the wind turbine heats when it can....
I'm thinking if I use the tank underground, and put compost on top of it, circulate water or hydraulic fluid from the solar through the compost, to the tank, have a radiator type thing in the tank that then transfers to my heating system, I'd have some cool redundancies.
Anyone doing this?
My main house heat is to be hydronic, embedded in thermal mass, with heat supplied by a water heater. (Separate from the house water lines and water heater! Don't use your house system in your floors! Legionnaire's Disease bacteria LOVE the temperature changes in the floor system!!) I was planning to use solar to preheat it, but I have wind when I don't have sun, and I have compost quite often.
I like NoTech/LoTech magazine because they upset the standard script of using "x energy source" to generate electricity. Direct mechanical connections to do work are way more efficient if you have the option.
That makes perfect sense to this mechanical guy. At least the heat generating windmill part. Tacking on solar collectors would also be a good plan. I'm not sure about compost. I've had trouble getting it to generate enough real heat to help.
If the storage tank was build with a rocket heater option, you could always boost the temps with a fire.
Those were impressive heating stats in the article. 3kw of heat from a small savonius in moderate winds could save a lot of electricity or fuel. I especially liked the eddy current design they mentioned at the end. Brilliant idea but I think the core would have to be custom made. One of the big losses in motors & transformers is due to eddy currents. It appears in the form of heat. Makes perfect sense to capture it!
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