Off the Grid – Easy and Better for Many

     We have waited many years for clean, cost-effective solutions in producing energy.   We need solutions to replace oil, coal, gas and nuclear as much as possible.  These solutions would help the USA and the world, strategically improving economies and security by circumventing oil, coal, gas and nuclear energy problems.  We would need far less defense of oil fields, pipelines, mines, shipping lanes, radiation controls.  Our very expensive and over-extended military could be brought home.  A good solution would also stop some of our cultural and economic movement to big, centrally controlled solutions offered by big corporations that are “too big to fail.”   These corporations are so big they criminally overcharge consumers then stand in line for subsidies and bailouts to enrich unethical executives for unconcerned shareholders. What I would like to see is a simple, safe, economical approach to energy production. I would like to see a solution that incorporates decentralized energy production of electricity for most of our country’s needs, a big step for our country’s security. Energy production should be available to anyone to use, give to neighbors or sell to energy companies. I believe a small component system for electricity production could be designed to provide this kind of better solution.

What this country needs is an energy revolution. We do not need another decade of war over fossil fuels. We do not need corporate price-fixing, subsidies, gross profiteering, tax dodging. What we need is a home-based 12-volt Direct Current electrical generation and storage system capable of running appliances and powering cars used by families. The system should be as low-cost, low-tech, low maintenance and safe as possible. It should be based on a simple direct current circuits, wire, amp-meter, voltage regulator, alternator or generator. It should be easily assembled, stored, shipped, displayed, retailed, purchased, installed, and serviced. It should draw energy from a flexible array of sources including any or all of the following: photovoltaic, thermovoltaic, wind and kinetic generation. Available components should include windmill, solar panel with mirror, thermovoltaic with mirror, windmill, and a belt or chain driven generator. The kinetic generator components should use a large mass lifted against gravity to store kinetic energy from other sources for low-light, low-heat or low-wind weather conditions. Another kinetic method could employ a large spring.  When batteries run low, the huge mass or spring would be released by electric switch to lower slowly on cables, chain or gears to drive a generator. The mass could be composed of any combination of cheap materials including rubble or collected rain water. The mass would be suspended in a sturdy, short, cheaply constructed tower shaped frame, garage or shed.  The spring could be housed indoors or outdoors.

Then with a large mass or spring driven kinetic generator, electricity could be produced as needed.  The mass could be lifted again simply with exercise machines, wind, solar,  or by a jack that an automobile can drive over or a person could walk over.  Yes, electric companies would have to be dealt with as well as city and county codes, but this is a much better solution for all the right reasons.


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