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Q & A on Alternative Power Generators

We asked our users for their input on Alternative Power Generators. Here are the results of 59 users familiar with Alternative Power Generators.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing alternative power generator design?
12 answers
Answers:
Better designed solar panels, and wind generators, and less expensive to buy or build.
~Manufacturing, Rapid City, SD
Fuel cells membrane; low-cost hydrolysis, high-temperature conductors
~David C, Project Manager, Nairobi, Kenya
Flying wheel, intelligent grid design options
~Paul G, General Management, Kortrijk, Belgium
Low cost solar, and permanent wind
~Technical Support/Services, Holstebro, Denmark
New versions of photovoltaic cells
~Dan W, Engineer, Anthem, AZ
Fuel cells, wind/solar, algae.
~Tony A, Builder/Contractor, Webster, FL
Ease of hydrogen production
~Research & Development, Brookfield, WI
Hybrides technologies
~Other, Douala, Cameroon
Combined-Heat-Power
~Roderick W, Design Engineer, Oberlin, LA
Green gas
~Wilson N, Technical Support, Cali, Colombia
Renewable
~Tony E, Engineering Consultant, Abuja, Nigeria
Nuck
~Manufacturing, Long Grove, IA

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative alternative power generators?
6 answers
Answers:
Http://www.aaec.com or Advanced Alternative Energy Corporation http://chtank.org/chaps.htm or CH Tankersley.org
~Roderick W, Design Engineer, Oberlin, LA
Uni-Solar (look just like roof tiles); WPP Energy Corp.(solid waste burning).
~Dan W, Engineer, Anthem, AZ
Anyone that does not associate with the gas co.
~Manufacturing, Long Grove, IA
Unknown at this time.
~Tony A, Builder/Contractor, Webster, FL
Fuel cells companies
~David C, Project Manager, Nairobi, Kenya
Am not sure
~Tony E, Engineering Consultant, Abuja, Nigeria

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used alternative power generators for?
17 answers
Answers:
I have converted the kinetic energy of a running creek into usable power for a house. It was not self sustained (off the grid) but it was enough to help the cost of a household electricity bill. I am also working on a method of using rain to help steady the intake of solar voltaic cell arrays. I'm still working on the numbers though.
~Engineering, Faculty/Staff/Student, Vancouver, WA
UPS for medical rooms in medical rooms, gas fired generators for both warm water production and power production. UPS for larger server rooms.
~Paul G, General Management, Kortrijk, Belgium
Auto - I was the producer of the Fueling the Future trade show for the state of Wisconsin under governor Tommy Thompson.
~Research & Development, Brookfield, WI
Solar, Biomass, waste to fuel, wind, Sterling-cycle free piston, Fuel cell Tech.
~Roderick W, Design Engineer, Oberlin, LA
Not using yet in the design stages at the moment.
~Manufacturing, Rapid City, SD
Residential power & use in remote locations.
~Tony A, Builder/Contractor, Webster, FL
Power generation in a farm holiday place
~Other, Acquedolci, Italy
Kepping power to maindated equipment
~Manufacturing, Long Grove, IA
Automotive, any engine, household,
~Technical Support/Services, White Plains, NY
Residential and commercial use
~Tony E, Engineering Consultant, Abuja, Nigeria
CHP, Locomotive, Trucks, Cars
~Engineering, Consulting, Treorchy, United Kingdom
Simply for emergency power.
~Dan W, Engineer, Anthem, AZ
Co-generation wood gas
~Marketing/Sales, Klagenfurt, Austria
Water pumps; lighting
~David C, Project Manager, Nairobi, Kenya
Wind and solar power
~Technical Support/Services, Holstebro, Denmark
Hydrogen
~Wilson N, Technical Support, Cali, Colombia
Sun
~Other, Douala, Cameroon

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that alternative power generators have been used for.
6 answers
Answers:
Most in the Green Category lack standards such as UL, USGBC, EEOC because of rapidly evolving new technology, however Tidal power is probably the one alternative stand out in this category!
~Roderick W, Design Engineer, Oberlin, LA
Remote military applications both for power and telecommunications.
~Tony A, Builder/Contractor, Webster, FL
Burning solid waste to generate electricity (Japan is a big user).
~Dan W, Engineer, Anthem, AZ
Heat-power coupling, active ups system, reverse ups system
~Paul G, General Management, Kortrijk, Belgium
HHO generator
~Wilson N, Technical Support, Cali, Colombia
Am not sure
~Tony E, Engineering Consultant, Abuja, Nigeria

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of alternative power generators?
3 answers
Answers:
Battery explosions. With Gel type batteries the possibility of an explosion is reduced to almost zero, but not quite. I'm sure there's some knuckle head out there that can cause an explosion where none usually would exist.
~Tony A, Builder/Contractor, Webster, FL
Impact of the non-linear power supplies could be disastrous on the total quality of the line current, even creating huge (costly) N-currents which kills all gains in greater systems.
~Paul G, General Management, Kortrijk, Belgium
No very rarely, more safer than a nuclear energy plant.
~Roderick W, Design Engineer, Oberlin, LA

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
7 answers
Answers:
Find suitable funding sources for our product lines thru contacts with Farms, Municipalities and cooperatives and government grants/sourcing domestically and Internationally.
~Roderick W, Design Engineer, Oberlin, LA
Self contained, renewable energy that would produce more than what would be necessary (tech already exists) but could improve upon.
~Tony A, Builder/Contractor, Webster, FL
'Household' solutions for smaller power creation could become a huge market.
~Paul G, General Management, Kortrijk, Belgium
Make it available, affordable and make me the Nigerian representative.
~Tony E, Engineering Consultant, Abuja, Nigeria
Roof Tile look-alike, efficient cooling.
~Dan W, Engineer, Anthem, AZ
Solar powered clima control
~Technical Support/Services, Holstebro, Denmark
Nuck
~Manufacturing, Long Grove, IA

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of alternative power generators?
3 answers
Answers:
Linear power factor is very important, + filters to create this power!
~Paul G, General Management, Kortrijk, Belgium
Make sure your energy needs match you needed output energy source.
~Tony A, Builder/Contractor, Webster, FL
No, they need to seek consultants and companies for that.
~Roderick W, Design Engineer, Oberlin, LA

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using alternative power generators?
5 answers
Answers:
The 'green product' should be an adult industrial product. Do not buy the one but last available technique, but the real edge!
~Paul G, General Management, Kortrijk, Belgium
Make sure that energy credits are in order of return of Investment is the ultimate decision maker.
~Roderick W, Design Engineer, Oberlin, LA
Leasing of solar panels is a useful alternative.
~Dan W, Engineer, Anthem, AZ
Look for the value/investing
~Technical Support/Services, Holstebro, Denmark
It's our next big step.
~Tony A, Builder/Contractor, Webster, FL


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