Sort of related: I just signed paperwork to install a $35k solar system on my roof on Friday (20k after insentives). I'm so excited, I've wanted solar since I was a 9 year old boy!
If we put Remarkbox on sunboxlabs it would really help me. You can reach out here if you are interested http://russell.ballestrini.net/contact
Looks great though and I definitely would like a more minimal version of Disqus – nice work!
Reach out to me if you are still interested and we can work out a creative arrangement if cost is an issue!
The comments on the burningman thread are from this HN thread https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15216650
I've also noticed a lot of people are building incredible stuff, and think it's time we organize :)
I didn't read your new write up extensively, but if you haven't I strongly suggest mentioning some feedback I remember from from your earlier posts:
- the need for appropriate fuses to avoid fires
- the need to weight the solar panel appropriately to prevent it from flying off due to wind
A fire or injury due to a flying solar panel would unfortunately provide much more negative publicity than the positive publicity of this site.
The fuse situation isn't handled yet, though I will do this soon.
We could make every ICE car several % more efficient overnight.
AC compressors, on the other hand, do have electrically actuated clutch pulleys.
So, if you have a car where the alternator has no clutch, you may be able to retrofit an electrically actuated one. You would have to design the part that decides when it's needed as well.
Was wondering, what is the best option to power a NodeMCU on a battery.
The NodeMCU draws around 18mA in deep sleep. Problem I'm encountering is that the current draw is so little, a lot of battery packs don't respond to it when it needs to wake up.
I have tried several power banks, but only the Anker Astro E7 is able to supply power consistently (Plan on getting a smaller battery next since the Astro E7 is 25000mah).
Would using the sunjack setup work? Any fire hazards that might be of concern?
I'm planning on getting this solar panel to test: https://www.amazon.ca/ECEEN-10Watts-Charger-Samsung-USB-Char...
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It will be a cold day in hell before I disable my ad-blocker, but you can easily manually insert affiliate links as well.
If you sign up for the Amazon affiliate program (which I assume you did), just navigate to the item you're trying to sell, click the "get link" button (or whatever) that Amazon provides for you, and you'll get a nice, shortened affiliate link.
In my opinion, that is a really clean way to do things - you can just create a plain-old HTML list of affiliate links. That gives you a mechanism for monetizing your site, and doesn't require me to disable my ad blocker to support you. Win/win! :)
Perhaps they can do both? When there is a specific product in mind, they can link directly to it it with the affiliate links. When that's not needed, they can just let the script scan the page and insert relevant results? Then they can do so when they have free time.
That still takes time, but it may not take as much time? I'm speculating, as stated.
I'll go back to plain text links!
The PowerHouse is expensive. For real DIY you can buy a 3.6V 100Ah LiFePO4 prismatic cell for $125. Or you can buy 60 5Ah batteries for $80 on eBay. You'll end up spending much less than $500.
Doesn't have to be a forum, but something that you don't have to spend/waste time to make and can still be useful to everybody :)
It might be OH but is there a software which can let me simulate and experiment with various configuration to maximize solar energy capture. I have some tiny pieces of land which I want to use for harvesting renewable energy. What I don't want to do is to buy equipment and then write it off as sunk cost.
Software simulation seems to be the cheapest option but I don't really know what is out there I can build upon.
- Couldn't find your installed power
- Couldn't find the installation cost/"real time" ROI
- Price of your kWh
- temperature doesnt work
I guess the platform's for software projects too now :)
I've emailed you for a more in-depth write up – if you have any more images of it in action hit me up!
Since I see that you were powering a space heater:
Conductive heating/cooling is the future. Why heat an entire space when you can buy an electric mattress pad and just heat your bed?
Soon enough we'll have cheap and convenient wearable heat-pumps with individually controlled dials rather than senselessly heating/cooling entire spaces.
Oh, it helps too if your house is not a mcmansion with vast internal spaces.
If you're curious, it is an envelope house and oriented to make maximum benefit with the Sun. The second floor overhangs the bottom floor which blocks the peak solar energy from hitting the windows.
It produces more energy than it uses, and also uses a couple of turbines. There is a room in the basement that is dedicated to controlling it all and is where the battery banks are all stored.
I didn't do much of the design myself, except the initial drawings and consultation.
I didn't install any of this myself. I'll poke at lots of things, large voltages are not one of those things.
It isn't a matter of being ecologically sound, it is practicality. I lose grid power both frequently and with long durations. I like my modern conveniences. Solar and wind were my options, though I have a whole house generator if/when they aren't adequate.
It isn't ever going to be financially a cheaper option. Never. I'm never going to break even, it will never cost me less than mains power. This is also because I will continue to be on the upgrade cycle, my installer happily lets me trade my old stuff in.
It is, however, much less expensive than homes with similar sizes. The house is on zones and heated according to use. I have no AC as it isn't required. The passive solar and the external temperatures means it never gets very hot here.
I'd be happy to answer questions, but I really don't know much about it. I had it all done for me and barely understand it. There is an in-place monitoring service that tells me what is going on, but I keep that firewalled from the 'net. It lets me see what is doing what, how much energy is stored/produced, what gets pushed out to the grid, etc...
As I said, it's not meant to be green nor will it ever be cost effective. I've only produced more energy than consumed for the past few years. I often have no mains power for a week at a time. Using a generator for that long wasn't really conducive to my lifestyle.
The installation wasn't cheap. I live near Mt. Washington, on the side of a mountain, and wind is a serious issue and I get 3 to 4 meters of snow every year. The best I can offer is pictures. I haven't invested much energy into learning the details and I have absolutely no intentions to try working in it myself.
Anyhow, I have to head down that way during the coming week. I will see if I can get him to write something up. I can kind of explain it, but I don't know all the details. I know what to do with it and how to verify that it is not pushing energy to the grid during an outage, for example. However, that trips automatically and I have no idea how - but I do know how to go check the manual switch to ensure it is off.
I know, for example, that it synchronizes with the mains before it comes back online and grid power becomes available, but I don't know how that is specifically done.
I know how to turn the turbine blades and lock it into place when it gets windy enough. I hit two switches. I guess they will self-protect, but I've never noticed it doing so and haven't any idea the specific mechanism. If gusts are up past 45 MPH, I just turn the turbines sideways and a switch locks the brakes on it.
I have a huge bank of batteries, they are just expensive car batteries. They are from a brand called Optima, I do know that. I don't change, test, or maintain them myself. I will be converting to a number of Power Walls, but I am not sure how many I will need or what the costs will be - or when they will be available.
So, I'm only good for general information. I will see if he will give me a list of parts and how it is all configured. I'm sure he will, it just will eat up some of his time. There is a bunch of literature tucked into a cabinet in the room. I'll see if I can make something coherent with that, pictures, and whatever he can supply me with for more info.
I do know he has pictures of what he has done here. He may have them on his site. He did have some pictures included in some brochures he was handing out. Either way, I'll try getting a bunch more info for you. I should probably at least learn more about it myself. I've just been pretty lazy about it and lots of electricity scares me.
One reason is that breathing cold air overnight is bad for your health. IIRC a recommendation is to keep it above 16C.
got that instead