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  1. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Due to a few factors in my life I have basically prepped for lack of electricity. I feel that for other than short her events, having a generator and stores of fuel eats up a lot of the budget. In a SHTF scenario, unless you start making fuel, there is a finite amount of time you can continue to...
  2. General Discussion
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2013/04/23/electricity-theft-a-bigger-issue-than-you-think/#803c34c5ed7d I wonder just how common this is "Legitimate customers bear the cost of electricity theft, which has grown significantly from approximately 500 GWh (gigawatt-hours) in 2006 to an...
  3. The Tech Zone
    This is an interesting device as waste heat is pretty common: on your car, on your roof in summer, on lots of places in the summer, on AC coils, and more. It would be nice if this would be converted to a reasonably priced consumer device. I've been hearing about this tech since at least 2012...
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    news article on repairing power outages http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/03/still_in_the_dark_why_it_takes_so_long_to_get_your.html ***Restoration from a widespread outage has to be done incrementally, balancing generation and demand. That said, the most labor-intensive effort in getting...
  5. Manmade and Natural Disasters
    Oilprice.com article on what if grid goes down http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/What-Will-You-Do-when-the-Lights-Go-Out-The-Inevitable-Failure-of-the-US-Grid.html "This horror story doesn’t need zombies or genetically altered mosquitos in order to be scary. Using data from the United...
  6. Manmade and Natural Disasters
    Daily Caller comments on seven threats to our power grid. http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/10/top-7-threats-to-americas-power-grid/ "American homes, industries, and businesses are deeply dependent on reliable electricity, so threats to the consistent delivery of electricity put modern life...
  7. General Discussion
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/navajo-generating-station-powers-and-paralyzes-the-western-u-s/ Given the recent regulation changes from the EPA (and encouraged by the Obama administration), I wonder what they're going to do about this monster of a plant...
  8. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Though I do not have a decent grade to use a microhydro powersystem, I was wondering if it would be a good idea it use microhydro in a landscaping water feature to reduce the amound of power needed to run the water pump. I have a plan to create an 80 foot long stream starting with a fountain...
  9. DIY - Do It Yourself
    so i have been reading about rechargeable batteries and their life spans not to mention the cost of buying enough of them for a proper battery bank for solar/wind/hydro/geothermal/etc and i realized that in a long term shtf they seem to be the weakest link in a home electrical system. so of...
  10. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I was wondering if anyone has ever made homemade solar cells? I know there is a download in the "Survival Files" section of the board but I was wondering if anyone has ever attempted it.....if so Was it fairly easy? Approximate cost? Any other information about your experience.
  11. Urban Survival
    Two NY women were recently electrocuted after a car struck a street light and a fire hydrant, flooding the street and covering live high voltage wires. The women stepped into the water in an attempt to help the motorist involved in the accident but upon stepping in the water, was seen going...
  12. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Anyone here have any experience or knowledge about making alternators into a power source to charge batteries? I don't know a whole lot about electricity generation yet, so I'm wondering if anyone knows what it would take to take an alternator that can be spun by a creek, wind power, bicycle...
  13. Australia and New Zealand
    We've been discussing the merits of inverter generators over in another thread: http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?p=3404082 It seems that the extra cash for inverter types is unnecessary. Not that I was considering getting a generator, but now that I've reached the conclusion a...
  14. Urban Survival
    Look at this simple and brilliant way to light interior spaces of a building or house without using electricity. Watch the BBC TV report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14967535
  15. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Secret Source of Hidden Electricity already in your home! The following link is to a YouTube channel for a guy who has some pretty ingenious hacks and tricks that are both easy and inexpensive. For a general power outage, this seems pretty smart and would allow you to keep your batteries...
  16. General Discussion
    Im sure you have seen the new Toyota commercials. They say all this stuff about the technology and how you can use it. there's something I want to give them to try but I want to get paid for it. Yeah I'm broke and jobless. Not by choice, I went to school and learned a skill I just cant get a job...
  17. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Ok, not just yet but soon.. A new power plant about the size of a loaf of bread that runs on natural gas or even bio, and can power the average house has been in use for 2 years by big business, and the company is going public...
  18. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    This guy has some great videos on youtube. This video imperticular really intrigued me. Does anyone know how to find one of these British motors? They were designed to run on any type of oil.
  19. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    This is my first contribution to the forums, I don't know if it has been discussed but I know few people in today's world know about this so I am gonna share. Wood Gas Generator The basic gist of it is that you burn wood and collect the combustible gasses from the smoke, these gasses can be...
  20. General Discussion
    ALCON: I just finished watching 60 minutes on CBS who reported on cyber terrorism and how our electrical grid is very vulnerable to attack. So much so that plants could be shut down from over the internet for months if a hacker could get into their control systems. See...
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