Earthquake Resistant Solar Dome With Water Capture

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  1. bob007

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    I have built two earthquake resistant domes with tracking solar electric and homemade solar hot water panels. One dome is 170 s.f., and the other is 380 s.f.. They both have roof water capture and powered water pressure at the sinks, along with composting toilets. The simple, low cost tracking support increases the energy capture by around 30%. The larger dome is located in the back of a 9 acre track of timber, and has an established fairly large garden. I will try and upload a photo of the smaller dome solar tracker. The cost for the smaller dome with solar arrays was around $6000. The smaller dome is made up of 40 pre insulated and pre roofed 45# panels, which are bolted together, and can be hauled on a 16' trailer. The heat from the hot water solar collector is stored in the insulated slabs. The larger dome has an extra hot water solar collector which stores the hot water in a 55 gallon drum, to be used for showers. The solar hot water collectors use drain back systems to prevent freezing. If it is allowable, I will add a web site with information on construction of domes and hot water panel and tracker system. youtube of dome construction youtube of panel construction
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  2. Keith H.

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    Well done Bob, first rate. Providing you are not advertising a business for profit, I see no reason why you should not add a link to a site showing construction.
    Again, well done Bob & thank you for sharing.
    Keith.
     
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    Another form of solar energy is called the wood-burning stove. Chop-down a tree -- maybe one that is already dead or dying. Dry the wood. Chop the wood. Put the wood into a stove. Set it alight. Cook your food & warm your hands. Carbon dioxide goes up the chimney. Healthy young trees breath-in that CO2 and grow grow grow. Bears poop in the forest and fertilize the trees. Trees have bees. The bears are happy also.

    There are and have been cabins made of tree logs.

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    For Keith:

    http://www.smliv.com/features/the-history-intrigue-of-the-appalachian-log-home/

    http://www.smliv.com/features/women-in-the-appalachian-home/

    http://www.smliv.com/departments/goodreads/a-man-for-the-mountain/

    http://www.smliv.com/departments/goodreads/nanyehi-nancy-ward/

    Building a cabin is on page 53:
    http://www.survivorlibrary.com/library/foxfire-one.pdf
     
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    The trackers are generally able to pick up 30% more energy. My set tilt angle for my wooden frame trackers are set at 45*, which is optimal for my latitude when using a set tilt angle. My converted satellite tracker can be set for optimum winter and summer conditions, and pick up additional energy. Plus my trackers can rotate out of the way of strong winds, and I simple have rope tie downs to limit the range of rotation. With a little more work, my fixed angle trackers can be made into multiple angle trackers, but keeping it simple is generally best. I have attached a link to a picture of the tracker under the solar part of this forum.
     
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    Thanks mate, much appreciated. I have several of the Foxfire series, great books & a good read.
    Regards, Keith.
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