As proposed, the Master Energy Plan is something more or less equivalent to the kind of economic analysis typically done for business plans, but for energy instead of dollars. (i.e. KWH in vs KWH out instead of dollars in vs dollars out).
Just as with an economic analysis, we need to start with a detailed inventory of “assets” and “liabilities” — i.e. estimates of energy demands (loads) and potential sources. Typical demands/loads include (cooking) gas, electricity usage, hot water usage, etc. “Assets” would include estimates of how many hectares are (or could be) under cultivation in various fuel crops, an estimate of both quantity and type of “waste” biomass (e.g. kitchen scraps now headed for compost, waste from garden/farm pruning/weeding maintenance), quantity of waste vegetable oil that could be collected from nearby restaurants, etc. Then, we try to match up the supply with the demand, determine costs and return on investment. The first task is to…
I. Collect information:
II: Perform Analysis
Once all the necessary data has been collected we can do a reasonably accurate analysis. In the meantime, however, we can get started with a conceptual design, using ‘plug numbers’ based on our best guess.
Here are some related examples…
- An economic comparison between double and triple pane windows for a housing project in Alaska: Required inputs included cost of both types of window, total area, R-value of each, cost of fuel, etc. http://www.biorealis.com/bbha/wdwecon.html
- An analysis of a low-cost site-built solar thermal collectors for a rural Alaska village. http://www.biorealis.com/bbha/solarthermalecon.html.
- An analysis of one method of purifying water from a proposed coal-bed methane project: http://biorealis.com/cbm_1b/ (One of the biggest obstacles to development of these resources is the contamination of ground water with brine from the gas wells…)
- Economic analysis of jatropha curcas crop (the oil bearing seed I have planted on my finca near San Isidro http://biorealis.com/costarica/
- Copy of 1985 “Shelter as Organism” article about our bioshelter. (It includes a similar thermal analysis) http://biorealis.com/bioshelter/shelterasorganism3.pdf (788 KB)