Alternative Power Links by Ronald J. Riley

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I have been interested in alternative power for over two decades. My views in regards to power generation are similar to a very basic philosophy I have used in regards to industrial control. Namely that distributed systems are, for many reasons, inherently better than centralized systems.

Such as reliability, efficiency, and cost. It is inherent that production of power nearer the point of consumption will result in higher efficiency and less loss in transmission. Having many smaller sources of power distributed over a bigger area is inherently less susceptible to natural disaster or sabotage. And production of power with high grade fuels such as natural gas, with the waste heat being used for hot water and space heating, is a much better use of the resource than space heating alone.

But money politics consistently has led to construction of low efficiency buildings and centralized power plants. The reasons are complex, but in large part policy is driven by big projects where sharpies can siphon off a few million here or there. It is much more difficult for special interests to profit handsomely from the construction of one house or building, or a small co-generation plant. So moneyed interests are going to put their efforts in big centralized plants.

Unfortunately my contribution to producing energy efficiently has been limited to my building activities and I have yet to do anything with actual power production. But it is on my agenda.


Alternative power links.

Centre For Renewable Energy and Sustaining Technology
Doc's Maintenance Solar Home Page
Home Power BBS
Home Power Magazine
Land Economics
Solar Energy International

Co-generation - Motor Generator Power and Heating Plants

Gen Pro Energy Systems
Mechanical Devices Forum - Re: Intelligen residential cogeneration

Fuel Cells

Advancing Fuel Cell Technology for the Transportation Industry
Battery Line, Battery, Batteries, Fuel Cell News
DOE - Fossil Energy - Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Passes Factory Test
DoD FUEL CELL Demonstration Program
E-sources Fuel cell resources
Fuel Cell Commercialization Group
Fuel Cell Descriptions
Fuel cell/Free Energy/Tesla/Alternate Energy/Helium/Energy/Electrical,
Fuel Cell Information System
Fuel Cell Page
Fuel cell pictures
Fuel cell takes on batteries
Fuel Cell Waste Heat Recovery System
Fuel Cell World
Hydrogen, Fuel Cell and Renewable Energy Links
Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Letter
HyWeb - hydrogen fuel cell energy information
Multi-kilowatt fuel cell
Natural Gas Fuel Cell
Other Fuel Cell Web Sites
Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell
US Fuel Cell Council Home Page
What is a Fuel Cell? Fact Sheet, Fuel Cells (1)


Alternative Power Enterprises Home Page
Alternative Power Renewable Energy Center
Alternative Power Sources 1-(800)-894-4455
Assenbæk: Summercamp, Alternative power sources
Alternative Power Enterprises Home Page
Design Considerations for Your Independent Power System
GAIN Data Page
PV Power Resource Site
Solar Kits
Solar Powered Solutions


AZAP POWER: Micro-Hydroelectric Turbines & Generators
Design Considerations for Your Independent Power System
Company Profile: Hydroelectric Turbines
Crest Small Hydropower Systems
HBU - How Hydroelectric Power is Generated - Hydroelectric Generation
Hydro '97 Proposal
Introduction to Microhydro
Micro-Hydroelectric Technology
MicroHydro Kits
Micro Scale Hydroelectric Power
Micro-hydro electricity
Micro Hydro Generators
Solstice Micro-Hydro Electric
Troubled Times: Hydroelectric
Vermont Solar Engineering : Home Page
VVHS Hydroelectric Information


AirBlade Wind Electricity Generators
Canadian Wind Energy Association
Turbine Kits
The Windcharger System

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