Tim Burke wrote:Hi Allen.
Thanks for the welcome and information. I will be looking at all of that. The unit I have designed is very proprietary, sorry but I won't be providing any information on how it works. My plan is to have any major servicing paid for in advance and for the product to have a 40 year warranty, but be designed to operate for more than 70 years. This is a critical aspect of a unit that is designed to enable reliable off the grid living. The owner/operator would need to do minor maintenance which would be dumping ash that collects in a bucket, cleaning fire tubes out once a month and cleaning air filters once every six months. Other than that the unit would require no maintenance. It would provide the things I already posted. The gas would be "wood gas" and would be stored in a conventional way under low pressure. It should be noted that using wood gas for cooking is more dangerous than using methane (aka natural gas), or biogas and precautions would have to be taken, most notably carbon monoxide detectors and ventilation during cooking. Also the unit is extremely different than other units on the market. It is a pure gassifier with new gas cleanup technology. It also enables the production of biochar if wanted for soil amendments among other things. Another benefit is that the unit is capable for running for weeks at a time without any additional fuel input. So if someone was sick or left for a few weeks it would provide everything they needed without any work. The unit could be integrated with solar hot water and other electricity generation as well as well systems integration. The idea setup would integrate all these systems and be custom engineered for the home size, climate, etc. This unit is designed for climates like alaska, canada, etc. It would not be competitive in sunny climates where there is little heat demand and where heat demand can be met primarily with solar hot water and passive solar.
Please let me know how much you think something like this would be worth.
Thanks for your time.