OK DP: Here is my problem - what is your idea?Submitted by fishyculture on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 12:11
How would you like to be handed the best present ever, a toy you have dreamed of for decades... and now it falls into your lap but you can't get the ribbon off.
There is a rumor that I am fond of hot springs. Well, one did not quite fall into my lap, and I did not quite fall into it, but I find myself in an amicable, working relationship with people who own a 160 degree (F) artesian hot spring, pumping over 100 gallons per minute.
All those things that just came to mind - they've done that. These people are NOT stupid. Whatever remains of "sleep" in their eyes is clearing a little more each day, and they were never stupid. The pool and soaker tub are LOVELY, everyone in the RV park / campground / trailer court is offered free geothermal heaters. There have been greenhouses here 3 times in the past, but wind and fire leveled them. There is a rumor about some aquaponics greenhouse dome project in the works... I'm sure I don't know anything about that. :)
They are willing to - correction, EAGER to - utilize this resource in any way they can, as long as it does not harm the resource and with the desire to share the resource with all who help. It is not a commune, I pay rent and if I quit paying rent, I will be evicted. It took me a while to trust them enough to do this, but thankfully, my ego finally bowed out of the discussions (I wanted it on MY land... Me, the one who really does know that the earth owns me, not vice versa...)
So, nothing personal, but I took the problem to permies first. They have a whole section about alternative energy, and this is not like "zero point" stuff. The water is hot, trust me. Or don't trust me, jump in, but do have your will made out before you do. I got turned onto Organic Rankin Cycle technology. Yep! That is the answer! But... they come in smallish size for sources 180 and up, and they come in mega-industrial size for lower temperature sources like ours. So, if you are not familiar with this technology, check it out, it is interesting, I just don't see how to make it work. Maybe I am missing something... Do you see something I can do?
Our thoughts are returning to an old idea we had to try to rig wilderness hot soaks using cold water. Parabolic troughs heat water up pretty fast, we are thinking that if we start at 160, it should not require more than ten feet of well made trough to get it to steam. We are thinking having a rocket mass heater back up and make it all charge a high quality battery bank might be our best bet. What do you think? Any better ideas?
Mark and I both think the Sterling Engine might be possible, but we don't know much about them, just watched a few videos. If anyone knows how to apply this to our situation, I am all ears.
Another cool but apparently useless technology is graphene - do check it out. It is not available in any usable form right now, and I sort of have my hands full, I don't have the training, skills, inclination or time to invent a power system, I need to work with things that are already put together, or at least in kit form with "for dummies" instructions.
All leads are appreciated, but if anyone points me to a system I can use and afford... I'll name a holiday for you or something, I don't even know - buy you a hot soak and a beer, for certain! lol! (There is some budget, but not "industrial sized")