Saturday, February 7, 2009

More infos!

more photos from will pederson's building of a tumbleweed tiny home here.

Zack and I are sitting around right now chatting about alternative energy sources and passive solar heating. We've been discussing different ideas for heating systems that work to both heat the house and produce hot water- things like a system which works off a tiny fireplace, channels the heat and carbon through the water heater, then into an algae container to process the carbon.

I've also thought about doing a composter that takes advantage of solar heat to reach high temperatures, then passing the water through a coil inside the composter and then though the rest of the house. That way, you get hot water and heat for the house, as well as a way of processing organic waste.

1 comment:

  1. Remember, the laws of energy conservation. If the heat-energy in a compost pile is being used to heat water, then it isn't being used to speed composting. Now perhaps there is enough heat in such a situation to do both, but perhaps there isn't.

    {Questionable scientific backing}
    It's like why wind power isn't really renewable. The mechanical energy of the moving air would actually be slightly reduced by having to turn a windmill, and if there were enough windmills, the wind would 'lose' all it's energy. (ie. the windmills would block with wind's movement). There's just such a difference between the available and used energy in wind that no-one really notices.
    {/Questionable scientific backing}

    (I meant to use <> for the previous tags, as has become my habit, but I couldn't post and instead got the message:
    "Your HTML cannot be accepted: Tag is not allowed: Questionable scientific backing"