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Electricity in the Forest Part 1: Thermoelectric Power Generators

  • Mar 10, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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http://data.whicdn.com/images/8145530/darkness,light,bulb,night,tree-19bfd5eb9b6ab045abc174077d3d8de2_h_large.jpgThis event is the first part in a series of meets-ups specifically designed to educate our users on off-grid or self-reliant power systems which I've coined as the Electricity in the Forest series.

In a post-electric situation/society, whether a temporary blackout or a zombie apocalypse(!!!), you may want to know different ways to generate electricity. I'm working on several systems from vertical access wind turbines to hydro-electric solutions and could probably spend a day going through them. Given how long the food meet was we’re only going to focus on one way of generating power and it will be much shorter…:) Thermoelectric generation is practical and easy to implement/create/acquire.

Have you ever thought about the different ways you would generate electricity if you had no power? What items would you need power for?

Technically you don’t need any electricity to survive. But just imagine if you had a way to recharge batteries and power some items. Take a moment to think about the advantages of having power...

Communications – radio, short wave radio, weather radio, walkie talkies and other devices…

Light – flashlights, lighting within your location at night and other situations…

Knowledge – access to books and educational videos through a laptop or ipad…

Security – access control to locations, sensors and alarms, night sights for hunting…

Entertainment - music, movies - great for moral in what could be a daunting situation...

These are just a few things that came to mind and we’ll be expanding on this during the event.

Using Fire to Create Electricity

In part 1 of the Electricity in the Forest series we’re going to be focusing on thermoelectric power generation. I’ve had my thoughts and inventive mind lately on generating power through fire or heat. I’ll be demonstrating this largely unknown but very effective and practical way through my own thermoelectric power generating devices. We're going to be reviewing and experimenting with a few thermoelectric products including:

TPOD1

Website: http://www.buytpod.com/products-page/tpod1

PowerPot

Website: http://www.thepowerpot.com/powerpot-v?ref=details

Biolite Stove

Website: http://biolitestove.com/campstove/camp-overview/features/

http://biolitestove.com/Media/CampStove/Overview/Gallery/SM111122-06-V3-648x498.jpg

Before you run out and buy any of these you may want to hear about the many hours of research I've done into thermoelectric generation in addition to the pros and cons of these devices. I have been speaking with a manufacturer of thermoelectric technologies and will also be bringing in a much stronger unit in terms of power to this event. We will be using some of these devices in house during the presentation so that you can see how they work.

Please note: I do not work for any of the above noted products/companies and as such I am in no way endorsing them.


If you have a pda, notebook, ipad, smartphone or other device that you might be thinking about using in the event of a blackout then I encourage you to bring it to this event. We be testing and charging things during the presentation so this would be a great opportunity to test these devices out first-hand.

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  • S. JD W.

    Very intriguing and informative. I learned much with regard to Thermoelectric Energy and the many advantages it has to offer.
    Thanks again for having me. :)

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Colleen

    Fascinating Meetup! Although I knew about the PowerPot, I didn't realize all the uses and possibilities that Thermoelectric Power Generators have...you opened up my mind to new ideas. Thank you Che & Gerard!

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • Karen S.

    I totally forgot about friends coming over! Dang!

    March 10, 2013

  • Wilma

    Hello, everybody!! I was so excited to attend this group that I assumed it was yesterday and I went with 3 more friends!!!! Well, let me tell you!!!! I couldn't believe nobody was there!!! I asked to see the the reservation and they told me there is no reservation for today soooo I don't know if I go today I will find anybody there. Please somebody answer me before 3 pm. Hope we are on!!!

    1 · March 10, 2013

    • Renata

      I think the meeting is today at 4, so you went one day in advance.

      March 10, 2013

    • Renata

      Seems like 31 people are attending today.

      March 10, 2013

  • Renata

    Sorry guys, It looks like I can't make it today. Have a very good time.

    March 10, 2013

  • Renata

    Sorry guys, It looks like I can't make it today. Have a very good time.

    March 10, 2013

  • Wilma

    I will like to attend but the location is too far, have to go by bus and I think is double fair. I am at Lawrence and Jane area , anybody close by to get a ride?

    February 20, 2013

    • Wilma

      Thank You. but I hitch a ride with some friends that I wil be bringing over,thanx a lot!!!

      March 9, 2013

    • Robert L.

      Actually that's good to hear because I am working now in Mississauga on Sunday and don't know if I will be done in time to make it.

      March 9, 2013

  • Betty

    Sorry, can't make it after all. Have a good meeting!

    March 9, 2013

  • S. JD W.

    I find this most intriguing. Looking forward to the meet.

    March 7, 2013

  • Che

    A manufacturer that develops and has played with this technology for years will now be attending this event. I will be bringing in and demonstrating some samples of his technologies and he'll be able to answer any technical questions.

    2 · March 7, 2013

  • Pierre R

    Hi all this looks and sounds awsome and I wish I could come but I live in the Ottawa Valley so no chance for me but I look forward to any updates that might get posted. Good Luck.

    March 7, 2013

  • S. JD W.

    I am really looking forward to this meeting and what it has to offer. :)

    March 3, 2013

  • jim r.

    working in tiverton to far to travel

    February 26, 2013

  • Wilma

    What about tomorrows food canning experience,? Can I participate? where do you guys meet and at what time?

    February 16, 2013

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