Storing Solar Power on my ROOF!!!



Did you know the US state of California produces so much solar power they have to PAY other states to take it? Granted some of that is due to contracts with existing power companies. But if California had sufficient energy storage many of the state’s power issues would go away almost immediately.

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  2. Maybe just build your own water tower to get more energy storage (hoping that the water won’t freeze during the months you need it the most). I calculated that without losses, a tower that is 20m high (hopefully camoflagued) that stores one average daily household consumtion of about 49 MJ would have to store about 251 cubic meters of water (or metric tonnes) (m = Wp/(g*h), Wp = E(24h)).
    Hmmm. This is very hard to visualize so probably not realistic even if just half of that amount. Maybe it could make sense to store an hour of electric energy instead of 24 hours (10 cubics, e.g. H:2m, A:5m^2). Also, the higher the cistern, the more you have to reinforce close to the bottom.

    I guess it makes much more sense to have a big plant doing this. Is it worth storing just one hour of electricity (no losses considered).

    Of course, if you are content with having no washing machine, no fridge/freezer (you can make one on hot days with the evaporation pot system), etc and having only led lights (who doesn’t nowadays?) and using a low consumtion computer like a RPi, then it could maybe be feasible to store a day’s consumtion in a home built water tower. Maybe we could use steam power for the rest (biosphere fuel of course!).

  3. Wow. This can be a hybrid solar and rain driven power plant (just put a filter mesh on the top).
    Now you just need to switch it up to 110V/60Hz (right?) or convert all the outlets to a 5V DC system (work from home on a raspberry pi, yeah! 😂)

  4. But it's an infinitesimal amount of energy for all that material. Less than 4 Watt-hours. A typical smartphone has more energy storage capacity.

  5. Plastic manufacture pollution is responsible for the loss of ozone oxygen and nitrogen gases. The hazardous waste burners from plastic manufacture and disposal are responsible for global infertility. The perchlorate is visibly impacting coral and plankton world-wide. The real solution to fossil fuels and nuclear power is the Edison generator and dynamos power plants. A small power plant can be made from an old car generator pre 1974 . Chisel off the armature magnets in a pattern of one sixth on and one sixth off all the way around. Tesla bound the generator with magnets all around the armature. Count the magnets and divide by 6 and chisel off one sixth and leave one sixth on all the way around. A permanent magnet motor as a generator and add an inverter or two to have house current voltage AC continuous peak power without fuel. 12V DC. 110 V AC power 40 amp inverters. 45 amp on the 12V DC side of the inverter delivers 40 amp on the 110V AC side. Without fuel or cranking or plastic solar manufacture pollution.

  6. I have a noob question that came to mind. Can you create/store more energy with this method than just using that solar panel to charge up a battery? Or does it equal out to be the same? I ask because it sounds like the higher up the energy bank is stored(like your 55 gallon drum on the roof) the more power someone can yield? Apologies in advance, I know this question probably comes off silly.

  7. I have been looking for this my whole life. Creating renewable energy while bonding with and teaching my children.

  8. FYI – Oil is a renewable energy source. Oil is just ancient planktin. The ocean is make new oil every day. Geothermal is the only natural energy source I am for. Wind bird choppers are a waste. Solar power is just too unreliable. The reason one doesn't hear much about geothermal is all you need is someone to drill a well and a plumber. There isn't any money for someone to get rich by.

  9. You need to make one that makes electric when the pump runs backward. So your water power just goes back and forth through the same plumbing.

  10. Excellent your videos have so much go into them, I showed my grandson your videos and now he is showing interest in a lot of your videos, I to love the way you make them so interesting.

  11. Such a disappointing to find out that it only holds enough energy as a single AA battery. Amazingly simple concept on paper, but practical usage is limited. Atleast for electricity.

  12. How about using the solar with thermoelectric devices to heat the water/oil in one container and cool water/oil in another, then use them again to generate power from the temperature difference. Less moving parts and doesn’t have to be stored on the roof. Would love to see you experiment and pull some efficiency calculations from it please?

  13. You are such a cool dad. You really give a damn about what you do and for your children. Keep up the great work. I wish i had a father like you. My dad was a deadbeat piece of crap. Complete loser that didn't teach me any life skills. I'll just learn from you instead. Thanks and as always another enjoyable video. 👍

  14. Little girl, that was a good question poorly answered by your father. Most pumps rely on water for cooling and are not built to pump air. Running a dry pump can potentially damage the pump. Never run a dry pump.

  15. Why not just two 10ft tubes hugging the roof peak, the extra 4ft height a barrel provides is not worth the ugly look.

  16. Storing electricity is the problem with solar. Electric cars run on the burning of coal and natural gas and stored in batteries that have a very limited life span. Nuclear and pumping water uphill is where we’re at.

  17. Hi, have you heard of hydrogen generators. Well I was wondering If you can use solar Energy to generate electricity, use that to separate hydrogen n oxygen from water. Since they are gases they will rise up to your roof top. There you can re convert them to water generating electricity and can be use to power your lights. store the water on top, let it flow down so to use the it for more energy.

  18. hehe beat you.. we built one that was 1000 gallons and ran a welding shop in 2002.
    30meters drop to 5 225amp 12v batteries
    it was enough for 2 welders and lights when power went out. with plenty of room.

  19. Don't appreciate the discouragement to the viewers to experiment on their own. I get it is probably for legal reasons but it is such a strong demotivational stance that, for me, I immediately began to dislike you immensely.

    Gatekeeping sucks and you would have never become an engineer if the dangers inherent had pushed you over to the sidelines "for your safety."

  20. If you invent a pressure switch to send a signal to the well pump to shut it off in large Ranch water tanks1-5 thousand gallons or more, you could sell a ton of them. I have been looking for one for years that would shut off my well pump when my tank is full, so it does not over flow. Many people just let the tank overflow and forget about it and waste a ton of good well water! WE could all use a wireless system since most tanks are elevated high above the ranches the store water for

  21. the water would hold a lot more energy if it was heated with a solar concentrator. Would require a different way of converting the energy back though. in that case I would just use it for heating or showering.

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