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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:03 pm    Post subject: Backup power plants Reply with quote

Has anyone ever thought of installing their own residential backup power? With the advent of wind and solar power, the fact is that dependable 24/7/365 power soon will be a thing of the past. I was toying with the idea recently, and there are a few alternatives.

A portable generator, manually plugged in and switched to power a few critical circuits.
A dedicated standby, automatic self tests and switchover (various fuel sources).
Battery systems, like this http://www.xantrex.com/web/id/.....roduct.asp

Then I found an article about a demonstration house in Beijing, with a zinc bromide fuel cell.


The technology does appear to be commercialized, but this company at least is not focused on the residential market.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of people around here have generators in case of an extended blackout. The ice storm 10 years ago prompted a lot of people to get them.

I know a couple of people who have the integrated system hooked up to their home. Seems a bit of overkill to me but if you've got the money to blow...

FYI: if you're gonna get a generator don't forget to start it up every couple of months or else the engine will seize up.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, make sure that your generator is stored securely - even when running. In the case of a general power outage, homes with lights still on become targets for generator thieves (happened quite a bit during that storm, as I recall).
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