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Wesley johnsen
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i want some opinions here. i want to in the future start a renewable energy company that sells renewable electricity and renewable fuel like wood pellets and installs renewable energy systems to along with plumbing work to. i want to know if it seems feasible to when products are made to run an ad on say wood fired air condition and heating. do you think people would buy such a thing in large numbers? also i would sell the firewood and wood pellets. solar eating and hot water. also i would find willing farmers who would want to earn lease commission on solar leases that cover say 5% of their field acreage and the panels would be high enough that animals can graze under them or grow food under them. i read about community supported solar where people buy a solar share and get credits on their electric bill. do any of you like the idea of not supporting the natural gas companies which seem to buy from fracking operations and instead use solar wood pellet combination systems?so i want to know if this sounds like a great idea and if you have any ideas let me know. oh and one last thing, i watched a vidio on a magnetic water heater that where a motor turns a flywheel with magnets against a copper coil loop and gets hot and if you have heard of it it works on lenz law and i want to know how efficient it is and if that be cheaper to run than say a wood pellet boiler. if you think the magnetic boiler say coupled with solar is more practical than say wod pellet and solar let me know what you think. below is the link to the unit.

 
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Wesley i think it would be difficult to use a magnetic flywheel and copper tubing in a configuration that would be more efficient than other styles of heating. There might be a better use of the energy used to turn the magnets.

Solar is neat, and so is wood. Something to keep on mind is the amount of wood that would be required for alot more people to start using that rather than natural gas. Sustainable wood lots will need to be installed or people will quickly be cutting down good trees and selling the wood. I would be weary of the efficiency of mass wood use. The trees grow easy enough, but processing them into a usable product at a massive scale will require a sizable energy input. By the time the wood is processed and transported the embedded energy might be quite high - which negates its feasibility.

I know of some solar panel research happening right now that could revolutionize the efficiency of the energy captured. Tesla is about to start manufacturing a crap load of batteries, which will drive cost down.

Then on the other hand there are alot of people working to revolutionize fracking, natural gas use and the grid power system. Its a race in research right now, and no one has found the winning combination. The basic theme of all this is humans have developed a super high energy system, we are addicted, and there is only a vast minority entertaining the idea of going back to a lower energy system willingly. Many would rather go to their graves than give up their high energy.

Another theme is the lack of good information...

I do like the idea of not supporting industries that destroy the environment, i hope more and more people start realizing you cant shit where you eat and not eat shit.
 
Wesley johnsen
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oh i did some research and farmers could grow special crops to make fuel pellets that are like wood pellets like from bamboo and hemp. also since they would grow quicker than trees they might be cheaper and.to support the forest industry and farming both and to be able to work in a boiler specifically designed for wood pellets they could make a 50/50 hemp wood hybrid pellet. this way it be cheap like a dollar or less a day to heat a home that said solar thermal is installed and people get a membership discount to the pellet heating supply.
 
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Wesley Johnson : I am glad that you are a fellow member here at Permies.com, and are willing to look outside ''the box'' to locate additional sources/methodologies of Energy use.

There are several reasons why bio-mass materials like bamboo and Hemp are good candidates for use as bio-fuels besides their rapid Growth !

However any harvesting plan that does not return a significant % of the original plants Organic materials to the soil is not sustainable, and needs to be addressed at this end of the

process not by ''kicking that can down the road'' - to be solved latter by other/future persons. Failure of the Bio-fuel people to disclose their unwillingness to address this issue

makes their grafts and charts nearly useless !

At the extreme end of the '' fastest growers'' would be algae grown in the processed effluent streams of Waste Heat and CO2 supplementation; this closed process needs only the

addition of ''Free Solar", to create large amounts of Algae, which can then be used as many forms of feed-stock in a sustainable manner - Unfortunately a few key roadblocks have

kept this effort from being commercial for 20 + years !

Row-croping fast growing Tree species ( Willow, Poplar, black locust ) can be done in a manner very similar to the other Solar Collectors you mentioned placing in farmers fields.

A little research on Coppicing and Pollard-ing these trees will help you understand there 3 yr cycle harvesting rate

Finally, We need to avoid the decades long trap of Shipping "Wood Pellets'' to Europe, while importing more from them! Again this is an all to common practice that makes any

''real world accounting'' nearly impossible !

For the Good of the Craft ! Big AL
 
Wesley johnsen
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one way people could complete the nutrient cycle with biomass is to have an ash dumpster by the trash dumpster and the ash is collected and sent to the farm or forest to replenish the nutrients and even compost could go in it to. also i want to know what you people think is more feasible like a small district energy for many homes with a wood pellet boiler where people buy heat by the btu or everyone having their own biomass boiler with electric boiler backup? i assume if more people abandon natural gas the gas company would be maintaining a lot of gas pipes that are not profitable therefore they will raise the rates for gas and force more people to buy renewable energy systems.
 
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