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Originally posted by UmbraSumus
reply to post by spacedoubt
Have you heard of French innovator Jean Pain and his compost based bio-energy system ? It could be of use to you if you have access to some excess bio-mass.
I had a rummage around on YouTube and found this video .....
. He heated water to 60 degrees celsius at a rate of 4 litres a minute which he used for washing and heating. He also distilled enough methane to run an electricity generator, cooking elements, and power his truck. This method of creating usable energy from composting materials has come to be known as Jean Pain Composting, or the Jean Pain Method.
Worth a look .
Originally posted by spacedoubt
I want to build a system for storing the Seasons.
So this is a little research thread.. Tell us what you know, or may have tried, or have simply just seen in action.
In the winter, I want to store low temperatures, for use in the Summertime.
In the sumertime, I want to store High temperatures, for use in the Winter.
Some people do it by using large water tanks, buried in the ground. Then pumping it our to the area where temperature control is needed. Some do it passively, with the water just maintaining a stable temp.
Then you add a little heat, or a little chill by conventional means..Like a heater or air conditioner.
It's not a new idea.. You just collect a large amount of your thermal storage medium, and bury it. Then run pipes though it, to transfer it to the location you want to stabilize..
But what might be the best storage medium?...Considering price, transportability, keeping it clean.
Would sand work well? Gravel? Is water the best?
It would be better if I did not need a tank. And could just run my coiled pipes in, and back out.
As much transfer as possible.
I'd also like it to be more than just passive....If it's cold outside, I really want to lower the temp of the medium as much as possible...Same thing if it's hot outside...I want to gather Hot, hot, hot...And store it in the ground.
a lot of it. For use in the WInter.
Then, there is the matter of controlling the release of the stored "Seasons"...I suppose thermostats, and smal pumps would work...
How about some ideas....I know you guys are full of them....Ideas that is..Let's keep a decently insulated room, at "room temperature" all year long...Can you do it?