Power without fossil fuel
Have you ever had the power go out in your home or business?
It can be quite frightening! Fumbling around looking for the flashlight, lighting candles, or even firing up the old kerosene or propane lantern from the last camping trip.
If you had this experience more than once, it may be that there is a gasoline or diesel powered standby generator for such power outages in your home. You go out to the garage, put some fresh gas or diesel in the tank and then run extension cords to the lights and refrigerator/freezer before all the food spoils, and all is well…… until the gas runs out!
There are many such generators in garages and storage sheds all over the country. These generators are sometimes wired t to the home with an automatic switch starting the generator without all the trouble described above. These installations are very few, but a growing number of incidents, and even fears of a power grid long-term failure have prompted many to consider energy independence.
One of the limitations of the above scenario is the availability of a stable fuel supply.
Is there a solution to the lack of petroleum fuels? YES!
The one abundant supply of energy with about a four billion year supply life is…………
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Most everyone has heard of the use of solar panels to power industry, and even the international space station however the potential use of solar panels was largely used by industry and seldom by homeowner for cost reasons.
The good news for the average homeowner in today’s economy of rising fuel prices, is that solar panels are now a fraction of what they cost just a few years ago. The mass shift in government subsidies and incentives have driven production upwards and cost down. The payback for an average home installation in 1980 was close to 25 years, today it may be as low as 3 to 5 years!
If the cost of electricity is high where you live, a total home rooftop or outside ground installation may be a solution to energy independence, or simply a significant cost savings if you use what is called a grid-tie installation, partnering with your utility by selling back your surplus power generated by the installation back to the grid.
The scenario above while cost effective, requires a significant investment. Many homeowners would rather have a scaled down version of energy independence which will meet emergency demands, rather than a full scale system which powers the high usage appliances like heating/AC and electric cooking, water heater and clothes dryers.
The essential power most needed in a power loss becomes lighting, freezer,s and refrigerators as well as some other low power usage such as today’s television and computers, cellphones and misc. low power appliances, all of which are usually powered with an easily obtained gasoline or diesel standby generator.
Until the gas is gone!……….Enter the “SOLAR GENERATOR”
Simply put, a solar generator is a system of battery with a device called an inverter, which changes a battery current into useful voltage that is the same AC power as the plugs in the home. The solar component is the panel that charges the battery so as to maintain the energy supply to the inverter from the battery.
Many RV’s have used this type of system for years, the only difference is the source to charge the battery in the RV is a generator or plug-in to a campsite AC supply. When the AC is unplugged, the RV runs on a quiet battery, able to use coffee pot or television independent of any grid power. The same is true of solar generators, they use the sun to charge battery, not grid or gas generator, thus no need to be around gas station or ac outlet, only sunshine.
The solar generator is a thing of beauty! It can be scaled upward from a simple $20 device to mega-battery and solar farm powering several city blocks.
in future articles, I will show the simple products that are available to power your life, whatever your power needs are.