Solar thermal generator prototype

The evolution of the SolGen Project and the process of generating steam power from sunlight.  

From Coast:

Tonight’s guest, Sir Charles Shults, sent us images and videos related to his solar power energy research, dubbed “The SolGen Project.”

Shults standing next to the prototype single-lens unit.

The complete system, utilizing ten lenses.

I just did a TON of reading at http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:Charles_Shults%27_Fresnel_Solar_Design, including the discussion and various links. 

One of the issues is SAFETY. 

I’ll have to post some pics of my FAILED hot water system last summer.  You should have heard the sound of it busting.

I’ve also heard that batteries are quite dangerous.

Water heaters.

GAS appliances and gas lines of all sorts!  I’ve got some personal experiences with lines leaking a year after they were tested.

Electricity! Many houses burn down due to electric fires and people burn to death.

Wood stoves – many insurers won’t insure if you have one in your house.

Of course I don’t want the lense to set fire to my roof.

Hopefully it won’t be too difficult preventing that.  And if I had any kids, I’d tell them not to play on the roof so they won’t get burned. 

Most important to me is that it’s working, there’s a prototype and once I have the cash, I can hopefully buy one.

Sure, there will be improvements and enhancements over time, but I’d rather take the prototype NOW than wait another umpteen years.

I noticed the http://peswiki.com/index.php/Congress:Top_100_Technologies_–_RD

A prioritized listing by the New Energy Congress of the very best clean energy technologies according to ten criteria including: renewable, environmentally friendly, affordable, credible, reliable, developed, safe, and not encumbered by politics of science.

After a quick look I didn’t see anything in the top 20 I could order. Will have to look at the Solarcubes in more detail, but noticed an 8 months delay there too.

True South – sizing system

http://www.solar4power.com/solar-power-sizing.html

GENERAL SIZING FOR SOLAR POWER
In sizing an electric system using solar power the first two factors we consider are the sunlight levels (insolation values) from your area and the daily power consumption of your electrical loads. Orientation of a solar array is best at true south. True south is slightly different than a magnetic reference or compass south. The more an array is situated off of true south the less the total insolation value. A quick way to determine solar south is to divide the span of time between sunrise and sunset in half. The position of the sun at the resulting time would be true solar south.

The angle of the solar array can be anywhere from your latitude plus 15 degrees to latitude minus 15 degrees for a yearly fixed mount position. Your latitude offers the best year-round position. By biasing the array “latitude plus 15 degrees” you will get slightly more insolation during winter months. A “latitude minus 15 degrees” will bias the array to summer months. …

Lots on sizing the system.