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AAHHH - One more thing - You referred to "water storage power", not sure just what you meant by that, sounds like you might be thinking of catching your rain in a huge storage basin and piping it down to a hydro-generator, might work with the amount of rain you get. Do a web search for "micro-hydro" and you will find many types of small water driven generators.

There may be an alternative to using a solar powered water pump, there is an old style device called a "water ram" pump, this has been around for a few hundred years, they are simple mechanical valve pumps that need NO outside power (except flowing water) once started, and can lift water to huge heights. They do need a bit of water pressure (head height) and flow at the pump end to work, This links to a more detailed explanation. The concept is that you start the water column inside the pipe that runs between the pump and the top of the hill pulsating up and down the pipe a few feet, as the water drops down the pipe it gains speed and power, a valve slams shut at the pump and the rebounding water will go several feet FARTHER BACK UP the pipe than the distance it fell down, this water draws in more water at the pump and squirts out some of the water at the top of the pipe, sounds weird but it defiantly works, not fast but runs 24 hours a day with no external power. SO - If you have flowing water at the bottom of the hill you can get it to the top with no electricity. This pump's efficiency calculation is low because the pumps valving lets some water out of the up-hill pipe during each cycle to get the water column accelerating back down the pipe for the next stroke, who cares, it's perpetual motion for real, sorta.

Because of the amount of rain you get, combining the elevated storage basin, the ram pump (for when you have flowing water available below your storage basin), and a micro-hydro generator, you might be able to generate a continuous couple of kilowatts of power, doesn't sound like much but it adds up over time.[/QUOTE]
 
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I have seen these lights in person and they are impressive. Juno lighting They are a little costly or I would have purchased a whole house worth. But if you are starting with a fresh house this is the way to go. I have solar on my roof in Florida and you are going to have the same problem I have. There are to many clouds.

You need to atleast have a subsciption to Home Power Magazine as a good start but you probably already do. I have read a lot about microhydro system and if you have enough space you could build two water catches The first one cathces it then runs thought a pipe to the second one at lower elevation and powers the microhydro. That might be more of a project than you are looking for but hydro power is 24/7/365.

Nice picture of the house "way cool"


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This has been an interesting thread to read!

I just relocated my chemical company to a section of an old industrial facility withOUT any power, water or sewer. I now am running my business completely off-the-grid. Diesel generators (on grease, of course) for power. Bringing in water for now but hope to incorporate some rainwater collection (big roof areas but no gutters). Designing my own waste water treatment system now. Will also incorporate some solar thermal for process heat, too. Biomass backup heat, too.

Part of my R&D involves gasification of biomass but I don't see running a generator on woodgas anytime soon. Not until I get the filtration nailed. Not going to ruin an engine like some associates have done.

I'd like to incorporate a small solar PV system for lights and a small water pump.

What are your plans for a septic system? I have some friends who use composting toilets and then take advantage of the humanure for the garden.

I've been studying sand filtration as well. Amazing what we can do with nature and a little know-how but rarely hear about in the mainstream. I'm working with another chemist on some bugs for cleaning up my inevitable spills when processing WVO/Bio.


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It's been far too long since my last update. The house went up in 3 days January 2010. Here are several videos of the Bamboo house resurrection:

This first video is taken at the container that the house was shipped in from Vietnam to Maui


This video is of the house being transported from the shipping container to our property.
Unfortunately we could not have the container delivered to our property because of a too sharp corner in our road:


This video is taken from a hill next to the house where our garden will be:


This is video of putting the walls up:


This is video of putting the last wall up:


This is video of day 2 part one of inner walls up and beginning the roof:


This is day 2 part 2 - more roof:


This is post resurrection video - inside & out

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Here are some pictures of our solar pv system, which was installed July 2010.

Our 1.38 kw solar pv system. This will be doubled or tripled in size when we move in. Solar World SW230 panels


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16 Interestate L16 deep cycle batteries, 375 Amp hours

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Going good Shaun-thanks for posting.
Q.Is that a 12 volt battery system?If so you need ~83 amps per kWatt at 12 volts-might need a bit more battery capacity further down the road
 
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Looks like two 48 volt strings to me. I believe the outback 3048 is 3000 watts 48 volts.
 
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Our solar installer suggested the battery bank size because we plan to triple the system size, which is 1.38kw. I have to admit I don't know what the voltage is.

We are currently having the drywall taped and mudded, which will be done in a couple of days. Then we will paint the walls, paint the floor and install the cabinets and fixtures. Hopefully be living in the house within a couple of months.

Below is the most recent picture of our house, taken in April. The patio on the ground is plastic lumber that was saved from Maui's landfill.

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That looks stunning
 
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I visited their web site (solar). I really like the Made in USA emphasis.
I do not see any $$ advertised. Please share some insight on their prices.


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That looks stunning

Thanks, we're looking forward to our life in this house.


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I visited their web site (solar). I really like the Made in USA emphasis.
I do not see any $$ advertised. Please share some insight on their prices.

We paid $740 per 230 watt panel ($3.22 per watt, not bad for Maui). Our solar installer also lives offgrid, so that was part of the reason we chose him for the job.


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What are your plans for a septic system? I have some friends who use composting toilets and then take advantage of the humanure for the garden.

Originally we had no plan to install a septic system as we wanted to use composting toilets and use the gray water for irrigation. Unfortunately our State Health Dept. requires a septic system, and they do not even allow the use of gray water, their biggest concern is cooking oil down the drain. So, we put in the smallest septic legally required, the size of the leach field is determined by the number of bedrooms. We have one standard toilet and will put a composting toilet in our second bathroom when we finish it.


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AAHHH - One more thing - You referred to "water storage power", not sure just what you meant by that, sounds like you might be thinking of catching your rain in a huge storage basin and piping it down to a hydro-generator, might work with the amount of rain you get. Do a web search for "micro-hydro" and you will find many types of small water driven generators.

There may be an alternative to using a solar powered water pump, there is an old style device called a "water ram" pump, this has been around for a few hundred years, they are simple mechanical valve pumps that need NO outside power (except flowing water) once started, and can lift water to huge heights. They do need a bit of water pressure (head height) and flow at the pump end to work, This links to a more detailed explanation. The concept is that you start the water column inside the pipe that runs between the pump and the top of the hill pulsating up and down the pipe a few feet, as the water drops down the pipe it gains speed and power, a valve slams shut at the pump and the rebounding water will go several feet FARTHER BACK UP the pipe than the distance it fell down, this water draws in more water at the pump and squirts out some of the water at the top of the pipe, sounds weird but it defiantly works, not fast but runs 24 hours a day with no external power. SO - If you have flowing water at the bottom of the hill you can get it to the top with no electricity. This pump's efficiency calculation is low because the pumps valving lets some water out of the up-hill pipe during each cycle to get the water column accelerating back down the pipe for the next stroke, who cares, it's perpetual motion for real, sorta.

Because of the amount of rain you get, combining the elevated storage basin, the ram pump (for when you have flowing water available below your storage basin), and a micro-hydro generator, you might be able to generate a continuous couple of kilowatts of power, doesn't sound like much but it adds up over time.

Even tho we installed our solar system and plan on doubling it, I still think about the possibility of micro hydro. I like the idea of the ram pump you mention, thanks for the tip. We would just need to have a large storage at the top of the hill behind the house.


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We are currently having the drywall taped and mudded

When I built my house I placed all the drywall pieces and scraps into interior partition walls especially around the woodstove. Drywall is excellent thermal mass plus it wasn't going to the landfill.



 
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We are currently having the drywall taped and mudded

When I built my house I placed all the drywall pieces and scraps into interior partition walls especially around the woodstove. Drywall is excellent thermal mass plus it wasn't going to the landfill.

In hindsight we would have done the same thing. We are composting our drywall scraps.


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Drywall is excellent thermal mass


Hey, no kidding on that one. Have you ever had a bunk of drywall delivered straight from the factory? A bunk of 50 1/2" sheets, 4x8ft, had ridden in the back of the flatbed truck from the factory for 2hrs down the highway and when they arrived at the job site they were still too hot to touch without a gloved hand and the center sheets, as we used and exposed them, were still steaming.
 
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Here's our 20,000 gallon water tank & fire stand pipe. We catch rain water off the roof of the house, which goes thru three Leafeater downspout filters.


With the house


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Any thoughts on evacuated tubes for solar water heating-though once you have expanded the solar pv,might not be much south facing roof left
 
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Evac tubes are very good especially in less than direct sun conditions, but they're very expensive.



 
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