Project Pinwheel Design Diary: Entry IX

Look at it this slip of Pepco paper. We received this in December 2010 with our electric bill along with a notice explaining why it is noticeably higher than previous months.

I mean I understand why but I'm not so sure the general populace does. Using heat and air conditioning requires a tremendous amount of power and since you use it for hours every day, that's thousands of kilowatts adding up. What else are you going to do, freeze to death or get a heat stroke? You pay the bill and deal with it.

I'm not even going to discuss how this shows Pepco uses zero Solar electricity and the pollution generated from our energy sources. It's there in blue and white for all to read. Remember, electricity distribution systems have existed for a long time and it's not fair to [immediately] expect such systems to change to accommodate other sources of energy even if it will ultimately cost less for consumers and businesses alike. It really isn't so simple and those companies would bear tremendous upfront costs. While they may be able to afford it, no one's gonna give a damn to do it or spend money in R&D. They'll produce something half-assed and rely on you, the consumer or tenant, to test it for them, for free.

The results of this data aren't very surprising. Wind can feasibly be used because in the right areas, it will work day and night. Solar requires the Sun - there's no way around this. Or is there?

Solar manufacturers and companies alike really do focus on the Sun - after all, that's stating the obvious, isn't it? I think that's what made the Contrarian within think otherwise.

I've been using Project Pinwheel at night since late October 2010 because that's one of Solar's most vulnerable qualities. You can certainly say anything is as strong as its weakest point and at night, that would be how it produces power - or its batteries.

It's been challenging for me to create a formula to work with Nature. A single, consistent formula that I would use more so than customers in its design process. I changed it not too long ago with very good results but when it begins to really snow (I mean...if it does) then we'll know. There's no way around that either - solar companies act like solar panels won't accumulate snow and always show them clear as day as if immune to it. I'm not sure why unless they are coated with some sort of anti-snow formula, which is hiiiighly improbable.

Look around the Internet for 1kW Solar Systems. Look at their prices. See if any tell you what they do. Compare that price to Wind systems and then proceed to scratch your head.

There are a lot of pros and cons here; nobody tells you in plain language terms what they can do but you certainly know they cost a lot. Wind is much cheaper but you have to live in the right region to use it [unobstructed vertical space] and have a big enough area to install it. Solar costs significantly more and will probably even use more physical [horizontal] space. There is no solar advantage here.

Project Pinwheel will not be as low as 1kW. That would be useless. But it will likely cost the same as a 1kW system and do a lot more.

Although I work with a small scale model, I use it faithfully every single day. I can't use the desktop computer I'm writing this entry on because the power inverter being used simply isn't powerful enough and I can't afford another. Many other things, however, are used every day. So far, the system has failed once when I miscalculated cloudiness when it snowed. That was once since October 4, 2010 and this dialogue was written on January 3, 2011.

It pains me not to have a full, functioning model but this is kind of fun. I say that because I am not one to plan anything on paper. It's been adventurous, knowing I can find a way to design such a system without ever buying parts based on some math and what I know and continue to learn about electricity, metal, plastics, conduction and insulation. In the end, there will be a fully functioning product that will power just about anything you want to and anywhere. You'll be able to clearly understand what Project Pinwheel can do to justify its face value.

So, in other words, you should be able to unconsciously use Pinwheel without much thought or having to endure a complicated setup/installation process. Or fees for installation.

I envision instead of asking whether you can use Pinwheel to power a TV to shift to looking at your All-Electric car.