this is an old igloo cooler that works with a solid state heating/cooling chip. After digging it out of the shed and doing a disassemble, I found the faulty plug connection. Added an external 12v computer fan to increase the air flow, and while it works fine running on solar panels, it is NOT a real refrigerator. Yes it can keep your food 20 degrees or so elbow ambient, but unless you can reduce ambient it's not a long term food preserver. Although it will keep your beer fairly cool, this is not an 'essential ' to my big-out kit. Will be interested to see if it will keep ice from melting more quickly than without the peltier assist
Finally got access to this site again after paying my web hosting people, and with new iPhone can actually get online. Love it. So webpage is being redesigned and blog will be more continuous.
Here are some things that are in the works to share:
Cooking under pressure
Alcohol and biomass
Offline PV panels
So you will notice things change here, but keep visiting because you'll find some nice solar stuff coming your way. I would not kid you.
Modified TV dish making charcoal from some black locust branches. When you heat a covered container and drive off the gasses, what you are left with is charcoal. You can either burn it or draw with it, or use it crumbled up in theory to filter water, and or as a poison antidote it is rumored. You can see the gasses escaping on right.
Now, if you were to add these gasses to a small propane or other flame source, you would be able to include the BTU's from the gas into your other fuel, making both available for cooking, heating or whatever. Please realize this is only a small batch system, but many of them can be combined or larger ones made. And it takes NO FOSSIL FUELS to make this charcoal.
This free technology could be used in many parts of the world where wood is burned inside buildings to cook. This leads to much lung disease and early deaths of people who are forced to cook inside their small dwellings. Making charcoal with the sun provides people with a more refined fuel that does NOT cause such damage to lungs, since much of the toxic gasses have already been exhausted when the charcoal is originally made.
Here in America there are a myriad of tv satellite dishes, and Post Peak Oil, or during emergencies, these can easily be pulled down from our roofs, and cover with a bit of glue and aluminum foil (as shown in example).
You MUST use caution and never leave one of these parabolics near any combustible materials, else you may find out you have burnt down your house. ALWAYS store a silvered parabolic upside down with the reflecting surface pointing at the ground.
blog was obsolete so am editing.
you can find more solar here on my Facebook page...
There is some pretty cool stuff on there, and bit by bit I will bring some of these pieces of art or whatever over onto this webpage/blog.
My stuff is scattered all over, and pretty hopeless for anyone to find it so we'll bring it all here.