Non-carbon Thermal Energy

Traditionally, people get most of their energy from carbon based fuels like wood and fossil fuels. All are polluting and the fossil fuels are non-renewable. There are at least three non-carbon sources of thermal energy. They are Solar, Geothermal and Nuclear. Solar Thermal Energy First Applications People probably dried themselves and their belongings with sunshine. … Read moreNon-carbon Thermal Energy

DOMESTIC SOLAR SPACE AND WATER HEATING

Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde

NATURAL SOLAR SPACE HEATING – PASSIVE It began with south facing caves that provided warmth to their inhabitants. This is called “Passive” solar heating because there are no moving parts. Pictured here is Mesa Verde in Colorado. People that were called the Anasazi inhabited Mesa Verde from approximately 600 to 1300 AD. No one seems … Read moreDOMESTIC SOLAR SPACE AND WATER HEATING

HEATING AND PASTEURIZING DRINKING WATER WITH SUNSHINE

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The main purpose of solar cookers and ovens is to change sunlight into heat which is then used to cook foods. Water too can be heated for beverages, dishwashing or personal hygiene. They can also be used for water pasteurization. Worldwide, about 30 million people die each year from drinking polluted water. In underdeveloped areas … Read moreHEATING AND PASTEURIZING DRINKING WATER WITH SUNSHINE

A Prudent Man Supports Solar

As an environmentalist I consider myself a prudent man. According to Wikipedia, the prudent man rule is based on common law stemming from the 1830 Massachusetts court formulation, Harvard College v. Amory. It directs trustees to observe how men of prudence, discretion, and intelligence manage their own affairs. For those like me, who accept the mandate … Read moreA Prudent Man Supports Solar

Incorporating Solar Into The Curriculum

Schools across the United States have looked to solar to both save and make money.  They have also looked to solar to teach students practical math, science and social applications. Pierremont Elementary in Manchester, MO, installed 25-kilowatt systems on 33 buildings, creating an 825-kilowatt system, but they didn’t stop there.  They also created an online … Read moreIncorporating Solar Into The Curriculum

Schools Save and Make Money with Solar

While it’s not financially possible for ALL schools to offer the newest…latest…greatest in solar like Sandy Grove Middle School in Hoke County, NC, there are opportunities for solar in each and every school. By far the most popular way for schools to get involved in solar these days is through long-term power purchase agreements or … Read moreSchools Save and Make Money with Solar