Dec 282010

Solar powered rain catchment and shelter (Actually, the county should get a few of these).

A hand powered table saw.

Quiet wind turbine.

The air powered car.

A BioPod sewage treatment system.

Or, maybe just one of these.

Since I don’t have a rototiller I should have an Orcas Broadfork or go to this workshop and make one. Save some money.

I can’t decide if I want one of these or the other kind.  Maybe I should get one of each. Perhaps I could build one or two.

Need one of these as well.

Oh well. I’ll settle for a nice shirt.


  3 Responses to “What I Should Have Got For Christmas”

  1. I want an air powered car for the island. How about a fleet of them? With a solar powered air compression station! Jetsons, here we come!

  2. And Santa could have delivered in a vehicle that leaves only the footprint of 8 tiny reindeer, no carbon….

    You continue to stimulate the thought processes, and I appreciate it, Randy. Happy New Awakening Year!

  3. Nice saw design. I’ll keep it in mind. I once restored a turn-of-the-century 9′ tall bandsaw, and saw it could easily be adopted for use with a foot treadle. The same is true of table saws, with a good enough flywheel.

    One possibility for hand-powered tools is an all-body workout machine with pneumatic hinges which feeds a compressor tank. That leaves one free to concentrate on their craft work, and just worry about moving tools and materials, not powering them at the same time. I go in greater depth on multi-energy workbenches in the ‘Factor E Farm’ thread.

    Anyone who has ever used air tools will realize that the air car probably has a range of 200 feet unless it’s storing freezing liquid-oxygen, and of course doesn’t actually derive power from air, just uses it as a battery.

    What I’d want on the island is the pedal/electric enclosed amphibious velomobile.

    That Windspire turbine’s inverter apparently even synchronizes with ones grid AC for reverse metering, a nice feature anyone should look for, unless they wish to live off the grid entirely and be charging banks of batteries instead.

    You could probably save me some research. I’ve created designs for solar-steam bicycles and solar-jet paragliders, but is there actually enough solar energy in Washington to accomplish anything? Here in So. Calif. you often don’t want to walk barefoot on asphalt. I’ve observed mostly chilly cloud cover on my visits up there. I suppose, for non-electrical systems, it ultimately comes down to heat ‘differentials’, not actual temperatures, and for electrical, photons are photons (excepting that most chemical interactions work better at higher temperatures).

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