Your Questions About Solar Powered Generator

Paul asks…

How do you make a home nuclear generator to power electricity?

Hey. I am tired of paying the electricity bill and got fined for taking my neighbours from his pond. Turned out he never watched tv or had a computer. When his bill went from £10 a month to £150 he got suspicious and found the cable and adaptor that I had connected to his fish pond in the back garden. Anyway thats another story. I did bury the cable but obviously he unearthed it.

I know some people use solar plates to provide electricity for their home, but this costs too much. I don't have £25.000 to spare for this stuff. Also it is a rented place so I don't even own the roof.

I was thinking of a nuclear generator that I can build at home and use to power my electricity usage off uranium or something. I am really good with building gadgets, and know where I can get weapons grade uranium from cheap. I just need advice or a walkthrough on how to build a mini nuclear power plant in my own kitchen.

ssadmin answers:

You likely don't have the space to build a nuclear generator and provide adequate shielding. The uranium in a nuclear plant is basically a heat source, used to heat either water or liquid sodium which then drives an electromagnetic turbine. So you need room to put the turbine. Liquid sodium is tricky to handle — it tends to catch fire when exposed to water — and water used in a nuclear plant turns to steam, and requires some containment vessels.

You also need a place for the water or sodium to cool off after it drives the turbine. A commercial water-cooled nuclear plant uses a cooling tower on the order of 100m high (about like a 30-floor building). For residential use you don't need a 100m tower (nor would the landlord let you install it through your roof) but you will still need some place to let the water or sodium cool.

In 1994 a boy scout who lived near Detroit, Michigan collected americium from smoke detectors and thorium from lantern mantles and built a sort of working nuclear reactor, but the radioactivity spread across his neighborhood and he never got working power out of it. He did, however, attract the attention of the federal government, which took away the radioactive materials and his mother's tool shed (which had become radioactive) and some other things that had become radioactive.

If you don't in fact have weapons grade uranium, but only commercial uranium, then you may need to enrich the stuff (meaning to sort out the U-235 from the U-238), because the U-235 is fissionable and the U-238 is not. To do this properly you need the facility to work with uranium hexafluoride (a gas) and in particular to run it through a centrifuge, then to remove the fluorine from the uranium. Fluorine is toxic and corrosive and eats just about everything except fluorspar. It's difficult to handle and store, and you'll run into major problems trying to combine it with the uranium and then to dissociate it from the uranium.

Overall you're going to be much happier spending your money on solar plates. Sorry!

Chris asks…

How do you build a thermoelectric generator?

I am doing a project probably going to use solar power to see how much it can power or use waste heat in a home… does anyone know how to build one?

ssadmin answers:

Here are a few examples

http://images.google.ca/images?hl=en&um=1&sa=1&q=thermoelectric+generator&btnG=Search+images&aq=f&oq=&start=0

for recovering heat waisted in home you will get devastating results!
I have seen a small fan operated by this thermoelectric Peltier

http://www.leevalley.com/images/item/gift/45k1870s3.jpg

http://images.google.ca/images?hl=en&um=1&sa=1&q=thermoelectric+fan&btnG=Search+images&aq=f&oq=&start=0

here is something that requires much less heat
http://www.biltek.tubitak.gov.tr/gelisim/elektronik/dosyalar/26/peliter_led_fener.jpg

good luck

Guru

Donna asks…

Are there any alternatives to leopard gecko?

I am going away to my cabin (where there is no plugs) I have a generator, and solar power, but they are noisy and not very powerful for long periods of time. I have a leopard gecko that has a bad eye and can't hunt, so has to be force fed liquid food, but the pet store won't do it for me. I am gone for over a week, and need an alternative to providing heat for her! I leave on Friday. PLEASE RESPOND!

ssadmin answers:

Umm… Maybe you can get a bunch of those heat packs from walmart or something…or put half the tank in front of the window and hope the sun warms it up

Steven asks…

AC vs DC power outlets in canada?

I just got a solar power generator thing and it has two AC (alternating current) outlets and one DC (direct current) outlet. This much I understand. What I don't understand is can I plug in anything (like a laptop, heater, battery charger) to the DC outlet or will it short circuit something? I don't want to fry my stuff or start a fire, but I don't know why a DC outlet would be on my generator if I can't use it.

ssadmin answers:

DC is mainly for smaller things like motors in toys and such, and all outlets, from what I know, are AC. That's where the 50/60 Hz comes from, that shows how many times a second the charge alternates, hence, alternating current.

AC is used for pretty much all wall-plugged things, and I'm not sure if DC will damage them, but they might not function as properly.

For example, such things as pocket guitar amps, and keyboards (musical) can use transformers to provide them their 7.5 or 9 Volts and it would be DC, just like the batteries they would have used.

Other than that, you might want to read the manual for your solar panel, and see what that DC outlet might be for….

Daniel asks…

I have a 600 sq./ft. apartment what's the cheapest way to get a/c+lighting+refrigeration?

Every month I get an $80-$100 bill for electricity based on these utilities.
I need enough electricity to run:
1) 2 lights minimum at night (special light bulbs may help here)
2) 1 refrigerator…large enough to store 2 days worth of food minimum…a large car-plug-in A/C-outlet cooler at smallest
3) However many mini-A/C/heating units are needed (I am guessing at least 2 of the type from Wal-Mart (not the full Window-sill type))

What's the best price (estimated, of course) to pay 6 months utilities cost + get enough equipment to do this using either:

1) Solar power (may need an AC/DC power inverter) + another power source at night (or battery, which ever is cheaper)…is the equipment (where is the best place to buy this equipment and what type of equipment do I need)?
2) A private electric company (side question: which ones are best?)
3) A public electric company
4) A gas or natural gas powered generator
5) Any other arrangement you can think of
Got to be honest it's kind of a funny situation I mean, wouldn't anyone with a ‘decent job' not care about doing something so “inconvenient” to save that little money?

But when you live off minimum wage saving an extra $200 a month or so means a lot.
That, along with saving on food and transportation, is the difference between
1) owning a manufactured home within a couple of years (and then saving for retirement, great vacations, & your kids' futures) and
2) barely breaking even and earning bad credit.

Those of you people who aren't so proud and give half or more of their hard work money to rent…because they haven't figured out a way to do better than just breaking even (I know many who are 35+) know what I'm saying here.

That's the funny thing…to say the least I am not too proud to admit I'm far from rich at this point and, rather then lie to everyone and go around flaunting what little I have, I want to step up and make a difference.

ssadmin answers:

You've GOT to be kidding…………………….!

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