Hey! Power THIS!

21 Jan

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.

Uprise Energy 50kW ISBU based Power Solution

Uprise Energy 50kW – 40′ ISBU based Power Solution – this DEFINES “brilliant”.

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”.

The Renaissance Ronin

8 Responses to “Hey! Power THIS!”

  1. Kyle Reilly January 21, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    That is awesome!

  2. Renaissance Ronin January 21, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Nah, it’s just “common sense”. The more independence you have, the more freedom you have. If I make you stronger, you are empowered to help others. We all benefit from the gained strength.

  3. texarcana2002 January 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Wouldn’t a vertical vane turbine be more efficient, and safer?

  4. texarcana2002 January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Oops, my bad: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Energy-Matters/Vertical-Axis-Wind-Turbines-Comparison.aspx#comments

    I’m surprised you’re not all over Mother Earth News…

    • Renaissance Ronin January 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      Verts have issues, as documented in lots of places… like the post you linked to. And, we’re pretty low profile around here.

      Once we get past “Proof of Concept” and actually produce replicable datasets, then we ‘ll see other people talking about what we’re trying to do. Until then, its just welders, soldering irons, geekspeak and frustration… 🙂

      What we’re attempting is to make the entire process cost effective.

      I have to insure that families can AFFORD the solution… otherwise it’s just “ripe fruit out of reach”.

      And I suspect that the reason that Mother Earth doesn’t really feature us is that our “politics” probably get in the way… We have a “different” audience. A pal of ours just about owns the place – Mother Earth (Earthbag guru – Dr Owen Geiger) and we couldn’t be more pleased for him.

      • texarcana2002 January 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

        I figured the other way around–y’all pointing to pertinent stuff in their publications–but it’s cool, I’m not exactly an expert on M.E.N., so I had no idea.

        And I get the point on cheap and sustainable; which has me wondering why the old-school windmills can’t work?

        • Renaissance Ronin January 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

          “Old School” Windmills aren’t efficient enough and they take too long to erect.

          This is truly an honest to goodness “few hours to power” solution.

          The idea is to stockpile these Energy Centers regionally for deployment. Move them by rail and then stack them up. The real beauty is that you can move a 20′ ISBU with a helo. That means serious “pop and drop” power.

          Additionally, the groundwork being laid here will translate to cost effective solutions for permanent power of enclaves, small communities and clusters. That means nobody can turn the lights out on a whim or a war…

          • texarcana2002 January 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm #


            I still wonder: the old skool windmills were everywhere for the longest time (I’m talking the traditional Amurrikin types), typically used to pump water, and able to run in really low wind.

            Yanno, like this: http://www.aliceklauber.museumartistsfoundation.org/Retouched/Alice%20at%20Windmill%20copy.jpg

            I don’t thing it’d be too difficult to create one with a monopole mast, and able to be collapsed and transported easily, and easily erected onsite as well. If it works in lower winds and closer to the ground, you get something truly useful.

            Of course, I could very well be blowing alot of wind out of my exhaust port, too… 😉

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