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The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit
Tiny house

The off-grid Ecocapsule tiny house

...powered by a 750W silent wind turbine and 600W solar outputs that enable it to operate completely off-grid. A dual-power system offers an additional source of electricity during periods without sufficient sunlight or wind. The structure’s rounded shape also helps to easily collect rainwater, which is then purified wi...

Trinity portable wind turbine for charging devices
Wind power

The Trinity portable wind turbine will charge your gadgets on the go.

...powered Bicycle Generator , and its rather lofty claims that one hour of riding can power a house for a day, which simply is not the case. However, with homes that are designed with the goal of reducing energy consumption , small devices like the portable wind turbine or pedal-powered washing machine , pedal-powered bi...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...power generation such as having solar panels on your roof . If you live near a windfarm, that's where most of your power comes from. If you live near a solar farm, or a hydroelectric station, same thing, you are powering your home with clean renewable energy. For example, 95% of the power used in Quebec is largely fe...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...micro-processors that give users more control over their power storage. These new systems can even ‘learn’ from your personal consumption patterns (as well as their own generation patterns), enabling them to store power more appropriately to ensure that you never run out. This is very important when using battery syste...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...power over great distances to areas without local generation leads to a lot of line loss during transmission. Micro-power generation can greatly reduce that; it also decentralizes power so less people are affected if one source goes down. Resilient home design: Achieving autonomy and resilience in home construction...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...power generation is resilience and personal security by being able to run the systems of your home in the case of grid failure. That brings us to the elephant in the room - storing power affordably, safely, and with limited environmental impact. Feeding power back into the grid can be something of an effective 'stora...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...micro-power generation, off grid living or energy efficiency, check out some of these – the pedal-powered washing machine , the Trinity portable wind turbine , the pedal-powered Fun Box tiny house , or the Stirling coaster phone charger that uses the heat or cold from your coffee or beer to charge your device... How co...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...micro-power generation market and take the burden off governments to be solely responsible for moving towards renewable energies. Solar Roof shingles are far more resistant to impact than conventional roof coverings, as seen in the image below. ​ Tesla solar roof tile impact test © Tesla ...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...power two hot water tanks for radiant heating and domestic hot water Walls, as well as floors, will be heated with radiant tubing Read more here about Portable Wind Generators and Micro Power Generation . Ben installing the radiant floor and radiant wall heating system of his Tiny House The grid of plyw...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...MicroFIT program: Ontario is a leader in encouraging micro energy generation projects. The FIT program (Feed-In-Tariff) pays you a nice sum for power you generate privately. After your needs are met, any surplus power you generate gets fed into the power grid, and you will get paid a very respectable rate. If you lack ...

the installation of a LucidPipe power generator via Lucid Energy

Portland, Oregon will Soon Generate Hydroelectric Power in Water Pipes Under City Streets.

...power generation without interrupting the flow of water. As velocities increase, power production increases. Due to the lift-based design of LucidPipe, the system generates power across a very wide range of flow conditions, volumes and velocities". Riverside, California has been a test site for the LucidPipe, where t...