Technologies of VOCA Off Grid

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  • Floor Plans – Layout
  • Plumbing
    • Hot Water Heating
    • Propane Instantaneous
    • Tankless Water Heater
    • Plumbing for Shower, Sink, & Toilet.
    • Cyclo Clean
    • Camping Water Filters
    • Water Pump – Bikes can power water pumps for drawing well water, irrigation and even lawn sprinklers.
    • Airplane Bathrooms
    • Haier 1.5-cu ft Portable Washer offers the convenience of at-home laundry for small spaces.
    • Drumi: The Foot Powered Washing Machine
      • The Drumi is a foot-powered washing machine that uses minimal amounts of water and no electricity.
    • Electrical water heaters
      • Electrical Boiler 80 has a capacity of 80 liters.
      • Itho Daalderop – Climate for Life
    • Toilet
    • BioCo Tech Americas – composting
  • Thermal Comfort (HVAC)
    • Heating
    • Ventilation
    • Air Conditioning
  • Power & Electrical Systems
    • High Impact Technology in Energy Management  — Cost-effective, underutilized energy-efficient commercial building technologies.
    • NASA Technology Transfer Program
    • Solar Power
      • Practical Solar
      • Goal Zero
      • Prism Solar
    • 8/24 thin film solar panel on car to power electronics, fan, electric cooktop, mini-refrigerator
      • size of panel
      • capacity of battery
      • size of load
      • storage
      • 12-V solar panel. 30 Amps current, 250-Watts of Power
      • Load – DC appliances, 12-V plugin laptop, elect cooktop, car mini-fridge, light
      • Thin film panel
      • overcharge/surge protection
      • IPOD solar charger
    • A photovoltaic installation typically includes an array of photovoltaic modules or panels, an inverter,batteries and interconnection wiring. Solar Panels use light energy (photons) from the sun to generate electricity through Photo-Voltaic effect (not to be confused with photo-electric effect). The majority of modules use wafer-based crystalline silicon cells or a thin-film cell based on cadmium telluride or silicon
    • Outside Magazine about Goal Zero’s Yeti 1250 ($1,800). The solar kit includes a pair of 2.5-square-foot panels capable of generating 30 watts, panel add-ons for $300.
    • Fenix International – bicycle-powered generator to recharge its modified batteries
    •  Refrigeration
  • Building Materials
    • Construction
      • Pre-fab
      • Modular
    • Insulation:
    • Materials:
      • Carbon fiber
      • Soy walls
      • Cork bark floors
      • Bamboo
    • Recycled Parts:As a consummate fugal shopper, it goes without mention that I would seek to find the most value in the re-sale market of building supplies around Denver. Here is a list of some leading re-sellers of products that have dings, dents, or simply leftovers from contractors:
    • Life Cycle Assessmanet (LCA) of materials for our built environment.
    • The International Living Future Institute Declare Product Database
    • Declare is an ingredient label for building materials.
      • An EPD® (Environmental Product Declaration) is a verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of a product. The International EPD® System is a global program for environmental declarations based on ISO 14025 and EN 15804. Their database contains more than 550 EPDs registered by 150 companies in 28 countries.
    • Windows & Doors
    • Sheathing alternatives to plywood, OBS, fiberboard, MDF, gypsum, and cement based products
      • Eco-Board – Bio based Panels are made from agricultural residues such as straw or reeds and are bonded together with the natural lignine of the cellulose fibres with only 3% additive without any formaldehyde nore other VOCs.
      • Magnesium Oxide Board – virtually impervious to fire, water, insects; does not feed mold or mildew; is non-toxic, non- flammable and non-combustible; is durable, maintains it’s dimensional stability – even when wet; and, has exceptional bonding surface.
      • WPC Board – Wood plastic composite boards – combination of fibers and wood dust and other thermoplastic materials, such material includes polypropylene and polyethylene.
    • Components:
  • Utility Storage
    • Water – Seasonal Storage (where summer solar energy is used for winter heating by just raising the temperature by a few degrees of several million litres of water (numerous pilot housing projects in Germany and elsewhere use this concept).
      • Greenhouse Effect: a glass plate is placed above the collector plate which will trap the radiated heat within the airspace below it.
    • Heat Transfer
      • Recycled radiator fin tube and piping
    • Rainwater catchment
    • Reverse osmosis units
      • 5 filter reverse osmosis systems
    • Active or passive solar distillers
    • FlexiTank for water storage within the home.

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