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  • J.D. Hoessle
    ... Not really... The Russians had an oil lamp/lantern with a thermocouple to power radios a loooong time ago - 50 s...? RE: The mention of a stream
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 1, 2005
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      --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Ed Speer" <ed@s...> wrote:
      > Wow J.D., now you're going hi-tech!!! .Ed

      Not really... The Russians had an oil lamp/lantern with a
      thermocouple to power radios a loooong time ago - 50's...?

      RE: The mention of a "stream generator" and wind power

      I used to sell those BIG wind turbines out there in CA & HI. I did a
      lot of study on Renewable Energy sources and was amazed at the
      useable/working systems that folks have come up with! Austria mfgrs.
      a water powered generator the size of a dishwasher - drop it in a
      stream w/enough water "fall" and you can do your whole house w/power
      to spare. Texas has a number of private/remote farms totally on small
      wind power turbines. Many of those are on 24 VDC for techie reasons;
      so, there is a whole line of toasters, lamps, mixers, washers, etc.
      that are made to match.

      The R.E.A. (Rural Electrification Act) changed the face of America.
      Before REA and TVA, many rural farms (Est. @ >50,000) had a small
      electrical generator attached to their water-pumping windmills and big
      battery arrays under the front porch.

      Then the power lines from the big coal fired plants (and TVA) came
      down the road. "Mr. Farmer, want hooked up to the grid and some
      dirt-cheap electricity? Well... You have to get rid of that wind
      generator and all of those batteries...."

      You might be surprised at the quantum leap in cost/efficiency of newer
      solar panels! Of course, the sun has to shine and the wind has to
      blow for these systems. Which is where the major improvements in
      battery technology comes into play; go check out a Toyota Prius!

      Bored yet...<g>....?

      Happy Trails,

      J.D.
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