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Renewable, Carbon Neutral, Energy System
Image by boston7513 Kevin
#1 Fuel pellet Hopper
#2 Floor Heating Zones
#3 Automatic Pellet Burning Furnace
#4 Boiler Tanks
#5 Turbine and Generator
#6 Water Storage Tank
#7 Supply for Automatic Lawn Sprinkler System
This concept is fueled by grass clippings, fallen tree branches, tree leaves, and any other combustible yard waste. This system is defined as carbon neutral, because the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere is equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by the organic process of growing. Unlike burning wood, this system is also a renewable source of energy. In New England, many tons of leaves, grass clippings and perennial plant wastes are produced on an annual basis and usually discarded. These waste products can be dried, shredded and compressed into fuel pellets with no need for harvesting entire trees.
NOTE: The carbon released by this system would be released by natural proses of decay even if it was not being used as fuel.
How It Works:
In this illustration #1 is the hopper where the fuel pellets are stored. #3 is the pellet burning furnace. #6 rain and snow runoff is collected in a large tank and delivered to boilers #4, above the furnace. Steam is created and cycled through the furnace, many times to extract the most amount of energy from the combustion system. #5 the gasified combustion exhaust gases are re-combusted and in combination with the steam, is used to turn a turbine for producing electricity. This electricity can be used on demand or stored in batteries. The steam exiting the turbines is recycled through the furnace ( reheated ) and then is directed to floor heating zones throughout the building #2. The steam condensates down to hot water and is stored in thermally insulated tanks for showering and cleaning. Surplus water can be cooled and used as pure distilled water.
This system would be ideal for a home or small business, and if your property does not supply enough fuel to heat and electrify your building for the entire year, I’m certain you could make up the balance by asking your neighbors or local landscape contractors for their waste, Free of charge.
In many communities throughout New England and other regions of the world, landowners pay to have these wastes removed. If your going to labor to cut grass, rake leaves, and collect downed branches anyhow. Why not use that effort to lower, or even eliminate your utility bills? How much do you pay for drinking water, hot water, heating and electricity? Perhaps you have had what you need to live this lifestyle all around you but your perception is that it is waste not energy!
Perhaps you are thinking this is a wacky idea, maybe so, but think of how many wood burning stoves are in operation today, and all you get is heat, and most of that energy is going up the chimney! How long dose it take to grow a tree? Do you have that many trees in your yard to make this a renewable resource? Or are you paying for the wood to be delivered? I think wood burning is a wacky idea!
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The rain begins to fall at ‘The Plug Hole’, Ladybower Reservoir, Derbyshire, UK
The Ladybower Reservoir is a large Y-shaped reservoir, the lowest of three in the Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, England. The River Ashop flows into the reservoir from the west; the River Derwent flows south, initially through Howden Reservoir, then Derwent Reservoir, and finally through Ladybower Reservoir. Its longest dimension is just over 3 miles, and at the time of construction it was the largest reservoir in Britain.
The water is used primarily for river control and to compensate for the water retained by the upper two dams, but water can also be fed into the drinking water system, however this is unusual as the water must be pumped to treatment works rather than using gravity flow like in the other two reservoirs, increasing costs. The drinking water is treated at Bamford water treatment works by Severn Trent Water. Treated water flows down the Derwent Valley Aqueduct to supply clean water to towns and cities in the East Midlands of England.
The building of the reservoir resulted in the ‘drowning’ of the villages of Derwent and Ashopton (including Derwent Woodlands church and Derwent Hall). Much of the structure of the village was still visible during a dry summer some fourteen years later, especially the church clock tower, however this has since been dismantled.
The area is now a popular tourist location, with the Fairholmes visitors’ centre located at the northern tip of Ladybower.
The Ladybower Dam was built between 1935 and 1943, and took a further two years to fill (1945). The building of the dam wall was undertaken by the Scottish company of Richard Baillie and Sons. The two viaducts, Ashopton and Ladybower, needed to carry the trunk roads over the reservoir, were built by the London firm of Holloways, using a steel frame clad in concrete. Both firms encountered mounting problems when World War Two broke out in 1939 making labour and raw materials scarce. The opening ceremony for the reservoir was carried out on Tuesday September 25th 1945 by King George VI accompanied by Queen Elizabeth, later to become the Queen Mother.
During the 1990s the wall was raised and strengthened to reduce the risk of ‘over-topping’ in a major flood.
The dam’s design is peculiar in having two totally enclosed bellmouth overflows (locally named the ‘plugholes’) at the side of the wall. The easterly overflow originally had a walkway around it but this was dismantled many years ago.
(Thanks to Kraigsta for the description).
Featured in "Momentum Magazine" (Canada) No. 38; (www.momentumplanet.com)
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