Gateway to solar, wind, nuclear and other catastrophic ways of keeping the light on.
Phil started this section and said :-
'From http://www.dcat.net I have borrowed this definition:
To be appropriate, technology must be connected to the place, resources, economics, culture and impacts of its use.
It makes sense, is concise and fits what this book is about. On the other end of the spectrum, Amory Lovins said something close to:
Heating your house with nuclear power is like cutting butter with a chainsaw.
That isn't what this book is about.'
Phil wanted this book to be Nicaraguan in context.
I find this difficult in that my vision, such as it is, is to take the best recent technology has to offer and adapt the implementation to the relatively limited fabrication capabilities of what is, essentially, any third world country.
I am also an advocate of nuclear power which I see as the only way of preventing the probable extinction of Man.
Renewable energy is possible at the level of an individual house and, without doubt, brings home the need for frugality or the lights go out but when one considers the US consumes 10 trillion kilowatt hours per year there is nothing in the short term but the brute force of nuclear fission that can supplant burning fossil fuels.
I would happily buy a 1M cube mini-reactor giving 10 Kw 24/7 for 100 years and stop worrying about windmills and solar cells but I can't find one on EBay.
In the meanwhile I"ll try to pass on practical or semi-practical info via the 'Appropriate High Tech' and 'Energy' sections and their sub-sections. Any help would be much appreciated.
Phil also says 'if you see a section missing, add a comment to this page. For new links in the other pages, add a comment with the info. The link will be added and the comment deleted.'