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Video: Hybrid Uninterruptable Power Supply

Video - Hybrid Uninterruptable Power Supply
Video: Hybrid Uninterruptable Power Supply
Photo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fh1sR0NTsw

Here we have a short video from “Engineer775”, which takes us on a guided tour of his hybrid home power supply system – it incorporates solar panels and can be also be connected to small generators with propane conversions added. There is even the option of plugging in a mobile diesel generator. It’s a very versatile system and can supply all of the electricity needed for his home! Surplus electricity can be fed back to the grid to provide an income.

A system like this doesn’t come cheap – there is a lot of hi-tech equipment – but it will pay for itself as time goes by. It’s a great example of what can be done to run a fully modern home, with all of its appliances and energy usage, completely off-grid – it’s very simple to switch between the different energy sources too. I’m sure it would appeal to all the Preppers out there!

With more and more reliance on computers and the internet these days, we need to think about what happens when the electricity stops flowing. Without a back-up power supply, the whole system is fragile! An uninterruptable power supply (UPS) would be ideal for those looking to ensure that they are not affected by power outages in any way. UPS systems are already implemented in critical data centres and business computer systems but also in hospitals and farm systems. There are many such systems in place around the world, the largest being in Fairbanks, Alaska – able to power the whole city, with a rating of 46MW!

The featured system will provide around an hour of power when mains power fails, where most UPS’s only give you a few minutes to save data. It also has the best quote I’ve seen in a while: “A bench power supply is also a generally useful thing. I use mine all the time when I’m building and testing things, or when I just feel like setting fire to a pencil”!

Related: How To Get Unlimited Power After SHTF – Solar Generator (Inergy Flex)

One way that we can all reduce our energy usage is to minimise how many appliances we use and think about how our homes can be made more efficient. Reducing usage means that off-grid conversion requires a much smaller (and less expensive) power system!

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Awesome “Stealth” Home-Made Wind Generator

Awesome Stealth Home-Made Wind GeneratorAwesome “Stealth” Home-Made Wind Generator
Photo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MQaT9EbMDQ

This short, inspiring video introduction to the “Stealth” wind turbine by imikewillrockyou shows a simple design of home electricity generator that is really elegant!

This is a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (or VAWT) that is more compact than the more common horizontal type (HAWT) – it could possibly be ideal for use in some locations where the horizontal turbines are not allowed, for example due to legal restrictions imposed by a Home Owners Association (though of course please check the regulations as we cannot recommend that you attempt to circumvent them!)

The maker of this smart-looking generator has decided to share his design to enable others to use the same technology, which has now been released to the public under a creative commons license. The instructions for making your own generator can be found on Mike’s YouTube channel. There are more and more DIY turbines appearing all the time! Here’s another simple VAWT in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnJ3apXUNcI

There is one drawback to siting a turbine on the roof in this way – by not using a ground-based tower, the amount of power you can harness will be reduced because of turbulence. This is one of many considerations to look at before installing a wind generator, so it is certainly worth doing some research about the suitability of your location. If your site is among trees or close to steep hills it is unlikely to be useful for wind power. It is best if your site is level and well away from trees and other obstacles. These sites will give you a lot more information:
http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generating-energy/Choosing-a-renewable-technology/Wind-turbines
http://windturbineshome.net/

Related: How To Get Unlimited Power After SHTF – Solar Generator (Inergy Flex)

Small scale electricity generation, either installed for individual homes or as part of a community project, is looking like the prime choice for a sustainable future. The initial cost can be high but can be shared for a larger project and either way the savings will grow over time.

The majority of grid power does not use sustainable production methods – in 2011 only 8 countries in Europe managed to reach 25% or more share of renewables out of their total energy consumption, Sweden topping the chart with close to 50%! The development of technology to harvest renewable resources is generally slow and often in direct competition with the biggest companies on the planet!

By moving away from dependency on the grid system, we can take responsibility for minimising our environmental footprint. A First Nations community in Vancouver are showing the way by starting up their own wind turbine business and sharing useful information, here is their site: http://twnwindpower.com/wind-power/

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Awesome Stealth Home-Made Wind Generator
Graphic – off-grid.info. Image – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=8MQaT9EbMDQ