Here comes the sun…

After a dreary month of January, the sun is making its appearance again.  We are all relieved and choose our own way to bask in sun's warm rays. The solar panels have produced very little and we have relied on the storage capacity of our battery banks and the back up generator on a weekly … Continue reading Here comes the sun…

Loch Ness monsters of energy storage

What goes us must come down: Alternative electricity can be stored using this simple method. Picture found at http://www.alternative-energy-tutorials.com

What goes up, must come down: Alternative electricity can be stored using this simple method. Picture found at http://www.alternative-energy-tutorials.com

Creative ways to store electrical power using alternative energy such as wind and solar. The argument about continuing with non renewable resources is getting thinner and thinner. Yes, facilities like these will be expensive, just as the systems we currently have were in the beginning.

The Energy Future

From Daryan Energy Blog: Proposals for mega sized pumped storage facilities in Scotland to back up intermittent renewables, such as wind. Certainly these proposals do get around one of the major myths you’ll hear put out about renewables – that we can’t store the energy and thus renewables can’t be relied upon.

The first proposal involves taking Loch Morar, a freshwater loch 300m deep, but one just a few hundred metres from the shores of Loch Nevis (salt water). The plan would be to build a dam 280m high across a narrow pass to the North, which would allow an upper reservoir to be created 300m high. Water could then be pumped in either direction to create 600m of head and provide up to 1,800 GWh’s of energy storage. By comparison, the UK’s current storage capacity is about 30 GWh’s.

And if this proposal seems a little oversized, there’s what…

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Domestic hot water from a wood cook stove, now that’s a hot idea.

All domestic hot water in our home currently is heated by the wood cook stove and stored in the tank behind the stove for later use. Since we have been using the wood cook stove to heat the home and cook meals, there has been plenty of hot water for showers, dishes, and laundry during … Continue reading Domestic hot water from a wood cook stove, now that’s a hot idea.