A friend (who is apparently on the same wavelengths as we are – as we’d already written the post to be scheduled into “RR release”) reminded me today that there are some really cool power solutions in the works for those seeking renewable answers to age old problems.
While he pointed at something he’d seen on the internet…
We’re currently working with a team of energy experts that are designing and more importantly BUILDING a “wind turbine based renewable power solution” that is housed in a single flatbed mounted 20′ High Cube ISBU.
Builders of alternative homes or even small communities of alternative homes are faced with the same “infrastructural problems” as everyone else. We just find ourselves tasked with doing it at the very end of a dirt track, usually… :)
Building “power centers” isn’t anything “new”, as we’re the first to admit that there are others (some of them quite brilliant) working on similar power solutions using larger containers.
The difference is that the 20′ Power Stations we’re working on will be completely transportable using a larger range of vehicles, and this will expedite shipping, delivery and placement in emergency or disaster conditions.
Based on a version of the Sweep Twist Adaptive Rotor (STAR) blade, this turbine is designed to capture gusts and maximize performance. According to SANDIA testing, the STAR blade system is far superior (over 12% – which in turbine tech is a LOT) to other existing solutions in varying conditions – the same conditions that ANY turbine will face when tasked with making power.
These easily deployed units will provide up to 50kW of power, optimized to operate in less than 12mph winds and will be capable of supplying energy requirements for a “dozen” average ISBU households. This includes recharging the electric vehicles in each household.
Implementing more restrictive energy conservation guidelines (we call this EM – “essentials mode”) , this could be bumped to approximately 18 ISBU households and vehicles, with no modifications.
With an increase of wind velocity to approximately 20mph, you can supply over 36 “average” ISBU households operating in EM (essentials MODE) with ONE unit.
Power supplied to each household would include the ability to recharge battery banks built into each home’s power solution requirement.
Diesel generators located at each residence will provide for Emergency power back-up.
Consider the applications;
- Small communities, clusters or ICCs (Intention Closed Communities),
- Disaster Relief for both First Responsers and Humanitarian Aid
- FEMA/Military applications
- Extended Humanitarian Aid to the Third World to provide infrastructure
Set up and operational in less than a day by 2 persons, you can literally build new bridges to those requiring renewable power sources with very little in the way of the creation of a “footprint”.
You drive the unit into position. Then, you retract the legs to fit onto pilings you’ve already placed in the ground – Sonotube pilings very similar to the pilings we build (by hand) to support ISBU homes rurally.
Then, you just back the trailer out from under it and lower the entire power unit down into a locking position closer to the ground.
No cranes or technical personnel are required to deploy the turbine “tower” and calibrate the turbine itself. In less than a few hours from arrival… you start making power.
Except for the power “snake” that will distribute the power from house to house… you’re making power in “a manner most passive”.