Category Archives: CHP/ Co Gen

For Sale: Complete Lister generator with PMG for sale!

It’s all a little south of Seattle.   This item sold in 30 minutes, with back up offers, it has a new home in Oregon.. I am buried in projects, and this must go soon, it’s blocking part of the … Continue reading

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Email of the day: Generator VS Alternator 1-23-13

Email received: George: I have acquired a Lister/Petter 12hp one lunger. My mechanic assures me that it sips fuel at 800RPM(2/3pint to 1 pint/hour) and will produce 4KW-5KW. So I am on my way so to speak.  My question is this, which … Continue reading

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Danny Fong Fooey

It’s getting harder to make an honest buck, at least that’s what some say. Here’s a good study, I love the way Michael Noer leads Danny away from the technical conversation back to the promotion of the ‘venture’. http://video.forbes.com/fvn/30-under-30/30-under-30-danielle-fong  Yes, … Continue reading

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A New and Less Expensive ON Grid or Off Grid set up?

Recently, I posted the Utterpower DIYer $20 Inter locking Transfer Switch. Following is a drawing of how it might be deployed in an off grid setup that can grow, and make use of wind, hydro, solar, or even pedal power if that’s all … Continue reading

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Germany’s Power Quality Now in Trouble?

Yes, Merkle has attempted to Warn German Citizens that they need slow down, and make measured adjustments to their power grid, but we’ve seen her branded as the Devil for doing so. Is it time for industry to flee Germany? I … Continue reading

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Water Cooled Engines, Coolant Temps

Over Cooling An Engine Is An Energy Sink  If you are in your  mid Sixties as I am, you might recall a good many conversations that spring from BS sessions in the Lunch Room, some are so memorable, you’ll carry … Continue reading

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Shangdong 2105

Maybe you’ve never seen this engine in a picture larger than a thumbprint?  Many a DIYer have noticed the Chang Jiang Motor Cycle, and have studied the changes made since the transfer of the tooling and knowledge to China. Looking at how little has … Continue reading

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The Paper Engine, Carnot's Legacy,

The Genesis of the idea is the joyful time of creative work of the mind, as everything seems possible because it still has nothing to do with reality.   -Rudolf Diesel Rudolf Diesel created an engine on paper which proclaimed his invention of … Continue reading

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Expect a new class of Cargo Ships Soon. April-2012

  Whether you think it’s a good thing or a bad thing, if you live in Hawaii, your cost of living is going up! The EPA has ordered all ships visiting Hawaii to burn low sulfur fuel when they enter waters within two hundred … Continue reading

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Combined Heat and Power (food for thought)

CHP for you and me? Those of us who have studied combined heat and power, know that it was at the heart of many large corporate buildings in UK, Europe, and the USA. Perhaps, Old ideas will be new again.  Cool looking … Continue reading

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