Solar R&D Projects

Problem Statement

Too many people lack adequate food, water, and shelter and I saw insufficient effort being made to develop existing-technology solutions that empower people to provide for their own needs – and so preserve human dignity, self-respect, independence, and expectation of a better future. These projects address those problems.

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Objective 1: Keep people warm in winter ✓

Panels   Passive Solar Heating Panels can keep a structure comfortably warm while eliminating fuel consumption and air pollution. These passive panels have provided 100% of the heat needed to keep this building comfortably warm 24/7 since 2007 – without electricity or fuel – and with no moving parts to wear out.

Status: Objective achieved – solution published.

Greece 2015 August 2015 Workshop in Thermaikos Greece covered panel design principles and construction. This web page contains a collection of project photos.

Objective 2: Develop capable solar engines

Energy Solar energy acquisition is accomplished using a parabolic reflector, an energy-absorbing target, and a tracking mechanism. These pages present experimental approaches to all three components.

Status: Prototypes working, DIY how-to published.

Engines Heat engines convert the acquired solar energy to the mechanical energy needed to drive pumps or generators. These pages describe experimental approaches to thermal engines whose only moving parts are air and/or water.

Status: Fluidyne prototypes working, other engine development underway.

Objective 3: Apply solar engines to move water

UN Report UN Human Development Report 2006
Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis

(8,271,408 byte PDF)

Status: The crisis continues to worsen.

Simple Pumps Simple pumps use the mechanical energy produced by the solar heat engine to raise and/or move water. This page presents an early design using a fluidyne with two one-way valves and a T-fitting to make a pump.

Status: Prototype working, additional check valve development needed.

Objective 4: Configure heat engine as electrical generator

Electricity Hydradyne engines efficiently convert heat energy to mechanical energy. This project integrates magnetohydrodynamic electrical generation into the hydradyne engine to arrive at a no-moving-parts generator that can be driven with either solar or Ni/H LENR heat source.

Status: Research continues, development underway.

Copyright © 2011 Morris R Dovey

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