Off Grid Electricity - question!

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Off Grid Electricity - question!

Post by diamond lil » Wed May 08, 2019 10:01 am

Found a huge waterwheel behind a big hotel near here, apparently it was part of a hydro electric plant built in the 1880s. I'm wondering if they produced more electricity than modern wind turbines? If anybody has or could repair or copy them? If Victorian technology was as good as or better than ours? Is anybody on here living off grid or knows about this stuff?

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Re: Off Grid Electricity - question!

Post by pseudonym » Wed May 08, 2019 1:29 pm

The Restoration man, george Clarke did one on a mill:

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6ou58u

they said that one could produce 8 kilowatts per hour or power 80 light bulbs.

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Re: Off Grid Electricity - question!

Post by diamond lil » Wed May 08, 2019 2:41 pm

Oh very good! TY Pseud :mrgreen:

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Post by jansman » Wed May 08, 2019 3:56 pm

The thing with water is, as long as it is there, it flows. Wind however, does stop blowing at times. I would love something like that flowing through my land.

One of my customers is a heat exchange engineer at the nearby power station. He was telling me that it is one of two coal fired stations locally. The waste is scrubbed of sulphur dioxide etc. And he tells me it is cleaner than nuclear, despite the bad press coal gets. Anyhow, he told me that the coal fires stations are what are known as ‘Black Stations’ , which unlike gas fired, can be brought online very quickly to deal with power emergencies.

During the Beast from the East spell, last year, the Black Stations were brought in to deal with the spike in electricity demand. Here is the point: Had the wind not blown ( which he tells me happens frequently), even with the Black Stations, We WOULD have had blackouts for sure! He tells me that the government want to shut the Black Stations by 2025! That will be interesting.
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Post by diamond lil » Wed May 08, 2019 5:51 pm

Everybody too busy jansman running around and shouting about how they're being clean and saving the planet. Meanwhile we'll all be dying of bronchitis and TB every winter in damp unheated houses :evil:

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Re: Off Grid Electricity - question!

Post by pseudonym » Wed May 08, 2019 6:01 pm

diamond lil wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 2:41 pm
Oh very good! TY Pseud :mrgreen:
YW

Here's a mini version series:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8pdCOL ... GI&index=1
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Post by jansman » Wed May 08, 2019 6:13 pm

diamond lil wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 5:51 pm
Everybody too busy jansman running around and shouting about how they're being clean and saving the planet. Meanwhile we'll all be dying of bronchitis and TB every winter in damp unheated houses :evil:
Dead right!
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Re: Off Grid Electricity - question!

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Wed May 08, 2019 6:51 pm

If your roughing it, Your doing it wrong ;)

Lack of planning on your part doesn't make it an emergency on mine

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Re: Off Grid Electricity - question!

Post by diamond lil » Thu May 09, 2019 6:23 am

So the Victorian technology isn't lost then, and we still know how to do it if we ever have to. Awesome.

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