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SGEV Coil Digester project plan

General Plan: Build and test a prototype pilot-scale biogas digester. Features: Designed to digest starches and simple sugars as opposed to manure.  

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How to make ethanol

This video shows how to make 100% ethanol from sugar using a table-top electric distiller.  (Idea: I could measure the energy input using a kill-a-watt meter.).  It produces (using 4 distillation runs) ~92% ethanol, then shows 3 methods to get … Continue reading

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Protected: Biorealis/KRAAFT Digester Project

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Serenity Gardens Eco-village Plot Plan

Here is a link to a plot plan (1 MB pdf) of Serenity Gardens Eco-Village. It was current as of November 2013. SGEV for FB

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SGEV Utility Guidelines Updated

Clause 3 – Utilities and Energy Plan UPDATE: Jan 30, 2014: ICE power is now available at the lower end of the property and will be extended up along the main road to the community center. As time goes on … Continue reading

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SGEV Solar PV notes and suppliers

Energy matters article comparing Solaredge Power optimizers and inverters with micro-inverters. Micro-Inverters Vs. Power Optimizers “Micro-inverters had their share of the limelight, but the victor of the battle between solar panel level add-on electronics may be the power optimizers.” Case … Continue reading

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Wind Power notes

Wind Turbine Manufacturers List Has brief description, history & specs for each. From http://www.power-talk.net/wind-power.html a good source of general info on AltE in general — batteries, solar, inverters, etc… I reconfigured the power predictor anemometer at SGEV yesterday, reset date … Continue reading

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Phase II Energy Efficiency specs

OMV Phase II construction will include the following: All lighting will be CFL or LED.  No incandescent lighting.  (Low Cost Option: Select fixtures to take CFL or LED, initially install CFL, replace them over time as they fail with LED. … Continue reading

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SGEV Utility Guidelines

Clause 3 – Utilities and Energy Plan UPDATE: Jan 30, 2014: ICE power is now available at the lower end of the property and will be extended up along the main road to the community center. As time goes on … Continue reading

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Composting Toilets, Urine and Gray Water

  Page excerpted from Composting Toilet Construction Manual on the benefits of urine separation: Page six – urine Two versions of urine separating toilets:  One inexpensive, simple, DIY, the other more expensive (but still a heck of a lot cheaper than … Continue reading

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