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Think Tank / steam engine from pneumatic cylinders.
« on: August 07, 2013, 07:42:02 PM »
I have struggled with homebrew solar heat collection.  It is a royal pain to collect the heat and augment your hot water in the house.  It gets harder when you want to use your harvested photons to do something other than get something very hot.  Steam turbine or steam motor seems like it would be viable for home power.  I have thought of trying to create a steam motor with pneumatic pistons.  the motor would have a crankshaft and the pneumatic pistons would be coupled to it.  steam would both extend and retract the piston based on its rotation position.  typical four way pneumatic valving would be used to control the valves.  the exhausted condensed water could then be used to augment the hot water in a home.  The motor would drive a pto type of electrical generator that could be purchased from harbor

Introduce Yourself / mechanical engineering background
« on: August 07, 2013, 05:53:56 PM »
Hi my name is Trevor.  I wanted to properly re-introduce myself.  I have been thinking about solar collectors in a parabolic dish form factor.  I continue to think about how to pull off a four season solar hot water heater with a 2 year payback.  I have the hope and dream of turning this into a business someday.  I have engineering experience and design machines for a living.  If anyone needs any help or consultation, I would be happy to help.  best and kindest regards.  Trevor

Introduce Yourself / hello from Maryland
« on: July 18, 2012, 07:30:15 PM »
Glad to be part of the discussion. I hope Gabriel has graduated and is onto bigger and better things.  I must say, this is a noble cause. Please people, free energy from the sun, this is as good as it gets.  Trouble arises when we don't have enough energy to generate energy.  Very scary stuff, a coworker calculated today that the big Canadian tar sand project was only going to provide enough energy for 24 years!  People are not talking about the real longevity of energy resources.  Drought is a problem this year for corn.  Renewables are not stable.  This energy coup of open source heliostat is a great and wonderful goal. Thanks for all your hard work - everyone.  I hope that we achieve the goal of renewable energy.  think sun

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