The Next Radio Show
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – 8 to 9:40 PM Mountain Time
Instructor: Jim Phillips
Understanding Options for Producing Electricity from Sunlight, Part - 2
Electrical Power is the golden thread that makes our entire society and lifestyle possible. Everything that we have or use is provided to us directly or indirectly by electricity. In fact I challenge anyone to name one item that is totally devoid of any relationship at any point along the way with electricity.
Well, how about the Amish? They live a less “modern” lifestyle without electricity, cell phones, TV or automobiles — do they weave their own fabric, do they mine ore and smelt their own steel for their tools and horseshoes, etc.?
When the power goes off for a day, nearly everything in the American home will shutdown: internet, TV, phones, kitchen appliances, workshop tools, lights, fans, etc. In winter, the problems compound, as most people will be without heat and their problems become critical.
How would it be for you if the electricity were to go off for a 3, 6, 12 months or more? In the kitchen how would you blend, grind or mix? What about the power tools to cut, grind, drill and saw. Then there is the question in the house about lights, video, audio or the simple relaxation of reading before going to bed. But wait, you have a backlit e-book reader — just how long will that charge last in it, your iPod or cell phone for that matter?
The ability to produce even modest amounts of electricity for as long as you need to will be like magic when the grid is down. It’ll make the difference between struggling to survive physically and emotionally, and doing reasonably well in the midst of the shutdown, thank you.
Having lights, a little music and video, a kitchen where you can blend, grind and mix, power tools so you can drill, cut, grind and saw, ALL are taken for granted and life is easy with convenient electricity.
What components make up a solar electric system? How hard are they to understand or is it all a mystery? Are they practical to have, to operate and to maintain? Do they all cost tens of thousands of dollars or are there good lower cost systems. Just how big does a system really need to be? How do I know I’m getting a good systems and not getting cheated?
These are all easy questions to answer. Tune in and find out.