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Posted: Jan 6, 2015 - 6:14am

 miamizsun wrote:

Bill Gates’ Plan to Help the Developing World Profit From Its Sewage


new version of Windows?
miamizsun

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Gender: Male


Posted: Jan 6, 2015 - 6:04am

Bill Gates’ Plan to Help the Developing World Profit From Its Sewage

Bill Gates walks up to the water tap, but before he can drink, his entourage pulls him to one side. One woman takes off his glasses and rearranges his hair. Another dabs on a little makeup. And, at one point, someone hands him a Mason jar.

Once it’s filled with water from the tap, he takes a sip from the jar, and a Gates Foundation photographer captures the moment. Then there’s another water-sipping photo-op with Peter Janicki, the man who offered him this drink on the outskirts in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, about 70 miles north of Seattle. “It’s water!” Gates says, with mock surprise.

Bill feigns surprise because five minutes ago, the water was human waste pumped in from a local sewage facility. It was transformed into clean water by what’s called the OmniProcessor, a new kind of low-cost waste treatment plant funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and designed by Janicki’s company, Janicki Bioenergy. On this November day, Gates is taking his first tour of Janicki’s contraption, which he believes can transform global sanitation. Using an innovative blend of steam power and water filtration, according to Gates and his Foundation, this plant can convert up to 14 tons of sewage into potable water and electricity each day.



sirdroseph

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Posted: Jan 6, 2015 - 4:52am

 miamizsun wrote:

i understand

in today's connected world is your privacy/anonymity is literally gone?

probably

i'm ok with sharing my data (preferably if it is voluntary)

my utility company forced smart meters on us some time back

these essentially turn the power grid into a network

how much or what kind of data is gathered/monitored?

who really knows?

big data doesn't scare me that much if there is a way to say no or object to its abuse (or if it's voluntary)

and you can always use the nest without the web connection

for me, aside from the convenience, the payoff should be in a couple of years (of course that may change but i'll loosely monitor it)

the connected home is coming  ;^)

 
We are going the other way.
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Posted: Jan 6, 2015 - 4:49am

 Steely_D wrote:
I was this close to buying one until the company was bought by Skynet Google. 
Since part of their DNA is gathering data, I'd rather not associate with that company unless I really have to.
 
i understand

in today's connected world is your privacy/anonymity is literally gone?

probably

i'm ok with sharing my data (preferably if it is voluntary)

my utility company forced smart meters on us some time back

these essentially turn the power grid into a network

how much or what kind of data is gathered/monitored?

who really knows?

big data doesn't scare me that much if there is a way to say no or object to its abuse (or if it's voluntary)

and you can always use the nest without the web connection

for me, aside from the convenience, the payoff should be in a couple of years (of course that may change but i'll loosely monitor it)

the connected home is coming  ;^)
miamizsun

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Posted: Jan 5, 2015 - 5:37pm

After Raising $150 Million In Stealth Mode, What The Heck Is Gogoro?

looks like a green smart scooter...

 


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Posted: Dec 13, 2014 - 5:52am

 miamizsun wrote: 

Oh yea, I have seen commercials for that, looks interesting.  We don't even use heat and are weening ourselves off of AC as well, but it looks like a great idea.
miamizsun

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Posted: Dec 12, 2014 - 1:48pm

 sirdroseph wrote:


If you are referring to wireless thermostat; we couldn't do without it.  We have to monitor outside, greenhouse and fodder house tempratures constantly during the winter and it is absolutely vital.  Whomever's turn it is to watch the fires has this little device constantly no more than 3 feet out of eye range!  We love it, occasionally it will lose signal and one of our sensors had to be replaced after about a year, but other than that no issues.

 
Nest
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Posted: Dec 12, 2014 - 6:16am

 miamizsun wrote:
wandering through civilization the other day and i was pulled into the gravitational field of a huge electronics store

i snapped and picked up a "nest" t-stat on sale

i plan to install it sometime this weekend

anyone have any experience with this item?

just curious

 

If you are referring to wireless thermostat; we couldn't do without it.  We have to monitor outside, greenhouse and fodder house tempratures constantly during the winter and it is absolutely vital.  Whomever's turn it is to watch the fires has this little device constantly no more than 3 feet out of eye range!  We love it, occasionally it will lose signal and one of our sensors had to be replaced after about a year, but other than that no issues.
miamizsun

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Gender: Male


Posted: Dec 12, 2014 - 5:54am

wandering through civilization the other day and i was pulled into the gravitational field of a huge electronics store

i snapped and picked up a "nest" t-stat on sale

i plan to install it sometime this weekend

anyone have any experience with this item?

just curious
miamizsun

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Gender: Male


Posted: Jun 24, 2014 - 6:44am

challenges integrating renewables


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Posted: Jun 5, 2014 - 6:18am

 islander wrote:

How much does your electricity cost?  

The tanks can be efficient, and it's usually just as easy to replace it with a modern one of reasonable size. But there is something very cool about never having to wonder if there is enough (but like I mentioned, I think our showers have gotten longer - you never get that slight cool down to warn you of the impending freeze). Keep an eye on rebates, I got ours on sale, then got a manufacture rebate and a utility company rebate it was pretty substantial (I think we got around $400 back on it).  Be sure to check your gas meter too. The tankless units have huge supply requirements. Ours is 150K BTU. It has a 1 inch supply line. Our meter is one they use for small restaurants. We don't use much, but when we do it gulps it down.

 
Looks like 11 cents per kilowatt hour.

There is a rebate program available but it would still be a large cash outlay to go tankless. I'm sold on the idea that ultimately tankless uses less energy even tho when it does it gulps it it relatively large chunks. Given that I've worked in the gas distribution bidness for 30+ years, I probably have a fair grasp of piping/meter requirements. Besides, the way codes and inspections are set up here, it's the gas provider's problem to determine meter size - but not downstream piping. 
islander

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Location: Seattle
Gender: Male


Posted: Jun 5, 2014 - 6:06am

 miamizsun wrote:

we've got a similar program (smart meter included)

i was going over my data and inspecting my setup and i noticed my indoor air handler/evap unit was installed upside down

upon further inspection i noticed signs of poor drainage, water leakage and mold

i politely raised some hell and the company sent some people out to "flip" my unit and clean the coils

i caught it early and clean up was relatively easy

i installed the uv lights inside the unit next to the coils and haven't had any signs of mold

also going from CFLs to LEDs as they expire (seems like LEDs are dropping in price too)

a few years back i had a state of the art tankless HWH installed (made in germany)

as far as i can tell my max bill (in summer) is about five to six dollars a day (1500 sq ft or so)

in the winter it has been as low as three dollars a day

can't complain when comparing with my neighbors

 
Funny - winter is our expensive season for both gas and electricity. During summer we are barely over a dollar a day for both gas and electric.
islander

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Location: Seattle
Gender: Male


Posted: Jun 5, 2014 - 6:03am

 Red_Dragon wrote:

Still figuring out the site but it looks like our daily average cost is  on the $2.50-$3.00 per day range. Our heat is gas.

Sadly, the house came with a big tank electric water heater. I'd love to replace that with a tankless gas but that would probably cost somewhere north of $1,500 with installation. Someday. 

 
How much does your electricity cost?  

The tanks can be efficient, and it's usually just as easy to replace it with a modern one of reasonable size. But there is something very cool about never having to wonder if there is enough (but like I mentioned, I think our showers have gotten longer - you never get that slight cool down to warn you of the impending freeze). Keep an eye on rebates, I got ours on sale, then got a manufacture rebate and a utility company rebate it was pretty substantial (I think we got around $400 back on it).  Be sure to check your gas meter too. The tankless units have huge supply requirements. Ours is 150K BTU. It has a 1 inch supply line. Our meter is one they use for small restaurants. We don't use much, but when we do it gulps it down.
miamizsun

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Gender: Male


Posted: Jun 5, 2014 - 5:06am

Cleaning the Air with Roof Tiles

Students develop titanium dioxide roof tile coating that removes up to 97 percent of smog-causing nitrogen oxides

Smog-eating tile team stands in front of wall

From left, Kawai Tam, Chun-Yu “Jimmy” Liang, Jessica Moncayo, Edwin Rodriguez, Carlos Espinoza, Kelly McCoy, David Cocker and Louis Lancaster

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — A team of University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering students created a roof tile coating that when applied to an average-sized residential roof breaks down the same amount of smog-causing nitrogen oxides per year as a car driven 11,000 miles.

They calculated 21 tons of nitrogen oxides would be eliminated daily if tiles on one million roofs were coated with their titanium dioxide mixture. They also calculated it would cost only about $5 for enough titanium dioxide to coat an average-sized residential roof.


miamizsun

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Gender: Male


Posted: Jun 5, 2014 - 5:03am

 islander wrote:

Cool, I like when utilities give you the data (they already have it). How many KHWhrs a day are you averaging?  Is your heat electric? All in we are down to about 14 KWHrs a day. That is with a freezer and two refrigerators and a moderate geekload (2 servers full time, two laptops and a tablet in the evenings, Roku streaming through the stereo and RPHD on the roku channel on the big TV most evenings). 

Our heat is natural gas. We were up to about $4-5 a day in the coldest part of winter, but we are down to about a dollar a day now. That is just for hot water - I think the tankless hot water may encourage longer showers (but boy am I clean!). I should be under $1500 for utilities for the year.

 
we've got a similar program (smart meter included)

i was going over my data and inspecting my setup and i noticed my indoor air handler/evap unit was installed upside down

upon further inspection i noticed signs of poor drainage, water leakage and mold

i politely raised some hell and the company sent some people out to "flip" my unit and clean the coils

i caught it early and clean up was relatively easy

i installed the uv lights inside the unit next to the coils and haven't had any signs of mold

also going from CFLs to LEDs as they expire (seems like LEDs are dropping in price too)

a few years back i had a state of the art tankless HWH installed (made in germany)

as far as i can tell my max bill (in summer) is about five to six dollars a day (1500 sq ft or so)

in the winter it has been as low as three dollars a day

can't complain when comparing with my neighbors


Red_Dragon

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Posted: Jun 5, 2014 - 4:52am

 islander wrote:

Cool, I like when utilities give you the data (they already have it). How many KHWhrs a day are you averaging?  Is your heat electric? All in we are down to about 14 KWHrs a day. That is with a freezer and two refrigerators and a moderate geekload (2 servers full time, two laptops and a tablet in the evenings, Roku streaming through the stereo and RPHD on the roku channel on the big TV most evenings). 

Our heat is natural gas. We were up to about $4-5 a day in the coldest part of winter, but we are down to about a dollar a day now. That is just for hot water - I think the tankless hot water may encourage longer showers (but boy am I clean!). I should be under $1500 for utilities for the year.

 
Still figuring out the site but it looks like our daily average cost is  on the $2.50-$3.00 per day range. Our heat is gas.

Sadly, the house came with a big tank electric water heater. I'd love to replace that with a tankless gas but that would probably cost somewhere north of $1,500 with installation. Someday. 
islander

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Location: Seattle
Gender: Male


Posted: Jun 4, 2014 - 8:42pm

 Red_Dragon wrote:
Just enrolled in a program with our electricity provider that allows you to look at your usage in great detail - hour to hour - and offers suggestions on how to conserve. I was quite surprised and delighted to see that we use - on average - just a little over half what others in our neighborhood use. Even with our drafty old single-pane windows and un-insulated walls and electrically-heated hot tub we're doing pretty well. I guess the attic insulation - still incomplete - LED light bulbs and programmable thermostat (and my obsession for turning off lights) are all paying off.

 
Cool, I like when utilities give you the data (they already have it). How many KHWhrs a day are you averaging?  Is your heat electric? All in we are down to about 14 KWHrs a day. That is with a freezer and two refrigerators and a moderate geekload (2 servers full time, two laptops and a tablet in the evenings, Roku streaming through the stereo and RPHD on the roku channel on the big TV most evenings). 

Our heat is natural gas. We were up to about $4-5 a day in the coldest part of winter, but we are down to about a dollar a day now. That is just for hot water - I think the tankless hot water may encourage longer showers (but boy am I clean!). I should be under $1500 for utilities for the year.
Red_Dragon

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Posted: Jun 4, 2014 - 5:10pm

Just enrolled in a program with our electricity provider that allows you to look at your usage in great detail - hour to hour - and offers suggestions on how to conserve. I was quite surprised and delighted to see that we use - on average - just a little over half what others in our neighborhood use. Even with our drafty old single-pane windows and un-insulated walls and electrically-heated hot tub we're doing pretty well. I guess the attic insulation - still incomplete - LED light bulbs and programmable thermostat (and my obsession for turning off lights) are all paying off.
islander

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Posted: Apr 30, 2014 - 3:35pm

 miamizsun wrote:

GM, Detroit organizations unveil shipping container home

 

 

DETROIT, MI- A General Motors Co. plant is collaborating with a Detroit nonprofit organization for a new, unique housing project.

The GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant and Michigan Urban Farming Initiative today unveiled the city’s first “shipping container homestead,” a shipping container that is going to be turned into an eco-friendly two bedroom living space.

“This is one of our real flagship projects,” said Darin McLeskey, co-founder of the nonprofit farming group.

The home, according to officials, will be constructed of 85 percent scrap materials donated by GM and built in part by employee volunteers. The 40 feet by 10 feet container, which will include a bathroom, kitchen and porch, will be built to code and “officially sanctioned” by the City of Detroit.

 



 
They've been doing that in the islands for years. Here's a jail in Honduras:



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Gender: Male


Posted: Apr 30, 2014 - 2:21pm

GM, Detroit organizations unveil shipping container home

 

 

DETROIT, MI- A General Motors Co. plant is collaborating with a Detroit nonprofit organization for a new, unique housing project.

The GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant and Michigan Urban Farming Initiative today unveiled the city’s first “shipping container homestead,” a shipping container that is going to be turned into an eco-friendly two bedroom living space.

“This is one of our real flagship projects,” said Darin McLeskey, co-founder of the nonprofit farming group.

The home, according to officials, will be constructed of 85 percent scrap materials donated by GM and built in part by employee volunteers. The 40 feet by 10 feet container, which will include a bathroom, kitchen and porch, will be built to code and “officially sanctioned” by the City of Detroit.

 




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